House Speaker Paul Ryan said he thinks it is becoming increasingly likely that the Republican presidential nominee will be chosen through what is known as a contested convention.
Ryan said the “reality” is that there is a distinct possibility no candidate will amass the necessary 1,237 delegates required to win the GOP nomination outright. Since Ryan will be the convention chairman he said he will have to “bone up on all the rules.”
Ryan said that his goal was to remain neutral. “My goal is to be dispassionate, and to be Switzerland,” Ryan said. “And to make sure that the delegates make their decision however the rules require them to do that.”
Ryan’s opinion has changed over the last few months. When asked about a contested convention in January, Ryan thought the scenario was so unlikely that it wasn’t even worth discussing. “I think it’s ridiculous to talk about it,” Ryan had said.
However, Ryan now says the chances for a contested convention are definitely growing as the campaign season progresses.
Nothing has changed other than the perception that this is more likely to become an open convention than we thought before.
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.
North Dakota’s Curly Haugland, an influential member of the Republican National Committee standing rules committee, said in his view, convention rules are already quite clear, and “nearly enough” delegates just won’t suffice.
“Close only counts in grenades and horseshoes,” said Haugland. He added that under the current rules of the convention, nobody would be “stealing” anything from GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
The Republican party has been in a panic. Having realized that this bigoted buffoon is marching towards the nomination, the GOP has been frantically scrambling to figure out who they could name through a contested convention to keep Trump from reaching the general election.
On Wednesday, former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that he would back Ryan for the nomination if no candidate had amassed the necessary number of votes. Ryan however, said he would not consider running for president.
It is not me. … I saw Boehner last night and I told him to knock it off,” Ryan said. “I used slightly different words. I used his own words that he used against us when he told us to knock things off.
It’s not going to be me. It should be someone running for president. … Let’s just put this thing to rest and move on.
Ryan has criticized Trump increasingly, condemning his failure to disavow the KKK and former grand wizards David Duke, and more recently criticizing the threat he made that his violent, angry mob of supporters would riot if he didn’t get the party’s nomination.
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