House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said today that it now appears “more likely” that the GOP will have an open convention this July in Cleveland. This would mean a bare knuckled political floor fight over the nomination of the Republican presidential candidate. Ryan said that both the Republican party and frontrunner Donald Trump need to face “reality.”
At the coming conflictive convention, Ryan will serve as chairman. Before then, Ryan said he will “bone up on all the rules.” He admitted that even though Trump has won a series of primaries, an open convention is an eventuality if no candidate reaches the required 1,237 delegates.
“Nothing has changed other than the perception that this is more likely to become an open convention than we thought before,” Ryan said. “So, we're getting our minds around the idea that this could very well become a reality, and therefore those of us who are involved in the convention need to respect that.”
Speaker Ryan said he plans to be “dispassionate and to be Switzerland” while chairing the convention.
Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News today that an open convention could hurt the conservative movement. He added that he is not interested in a vice-presidential slot and is looking forward to being a private citizen in January 2017 when his senatorial term comes to an end.
Despite a recent endorsement from former Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ryan sought to dispel any notion that he is interested in running for President. “It's not going to be me. It should be somebody running for president,” Ryan told reporters. Ryan said today that he told the Ohio Republican Boehner, “knock it off.”
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