"The speaker is grateful for the support, but he is not interested," a spokeswoman for Paul Ryan said

By Tierney McAfee
March 16, 2016 04:15 PM
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House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t be the one to challenge Donald Trump for the GOP nomination.

In an interview Tuesday night, Ryan said “we’ll see” when asked whether he would consider accepting the Republican nomination should a contested convention extend it to him this summer. But on Wednesday, his spokeswoman AshLee Strong told NBC News that the house speaker would not accept the nomination.

“The speaker is grateful for the support, but he is not interested,” she said. “He will not accept a nomination and believes our nominee should be someone who ran this year.”

Ryan told CNBC Tuesday night that he hadn’t given any thought to challenging Trump for the nomination. “People say, ‘What about the contested convention?’ I say, well, there are a lot of people running for president,” he said. “We’ll see. Who knows?”

Ryan’s apparent change of heart didn’t stop former House Speaker John Boehner from endorsing his successor for president at the Futures Industry Association conference in Florida earlier on Wednesday.

“If we don’t have a nominee who can win on the first ballot, I’m for none of the above,” Boehner said of a potential deadlocked convention. “They all had a chance to win. None of them won. So I’m for none of the above. I’m for Paul Ryan to be our nominee.”

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