We’re learning that House Speaker Paul Ryan will seek to put rampant speculation to end this afternoon about a possible 2016 presidential bid.
Politico just broke this news:
House Speaker Paul Ryan will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon to again definitively rule out a White House bid this year, according to an aide.
Ryan will appear at the Republican National Committee’s headquarters on Capitol Hill Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.
Ryan (R-Wis.) has ruled out running for president multiple times, but the denials have not stuck. He has said he believes the 2016 GOP nominee should be chosen from the pool of more than two dozen candidates who have run for the job.
Rush Limbaugh has suggested the “establishment” may be using Politico as a tool for “leaks” to “fake everybody out.” As he said yesterday on his show:
You know, what they’ve done is fake everybody out here. And look, this is multileveled here, to get an idea of what’s going on. The establishment has had everybody looking at rule 40, for example. I mean, there have been all kinds of leaks in Politico. I mean, the last series of months we’ve had story after story about how supposedly the establishment is panicking, and the steps that they’re going to take to try to stop Trump. And we hear about maybe a third-party candidate that we’ve never heard of being nominated on the floor in a brokered convention. Everything.
Which begs the question is Speaker Ryan’s announcement today an attempt to “fake” us out? Or is it, perhaps, an attempt to calm the growing anger about what many see as a “rigged” game?
Speaker Ryan famously said many times he wouldn’t run for speaker… and we all know how that turned out. Do you believe he truly won’t end up in a presidential bid this year?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]