House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is going to make an official announcement today about the possiblity of him becoming a Republican presidential candidate in 2016. Ryan supposedly believes the 2016 GOP nominee should be chosen from the pool of more than two dozen candidates who have run for the job.
At 3:30pm Eastern time, Ryan will announce he is definately not running, even if a RNC contested convention happens later this Summer in Cleveland, Ohio:
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will make a statement to the press today, April 12, at 3:15 p.m. ET at the Republican National Committee.
The announcement was broken by Politico, and as Rush Limbaugh noted, that media outlet may be used by the political establishment to “fake out” the conservative grassroots:
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.
Paul Ryan’s announcement is impossible to buy, as he not only released a very residential-sounding speech about politics, but he took a high-profile trip to Israel.
Doesn’t this clip posted on Twitter look like a presidential campaign commercial?
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 7, 2016
In addition, Ryan is now meeting in secret with some of the biggest Republican donors in the country. Clearly, something is going on here:
The Observer can now report that Todd Ricketts, the co-owner of the Chicago Cubs who is also the son of the founder of Ameritrade, is arranging a meeting of some of the GOP’s top financial bundlers, to be attended by Mr. Ryan. The meeting is to take place next week at the Mandarin Hotel and will be comprised of a discussion with “twenty or so” Republican donors, including Mr. Ricketts and several people he has raised money with before, such as Randy Kendrick, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick.
The Ricketts Family and Ms. Kendrick have collaborated on political efforts already this campaign. He is the CEO of the Ending Spending Super PAC, which she has supported. She donated and raised money for the Our Principles super PAC, which was founded by Mr. Ricketts’ mother, Marlene Ricketts, who seeded the organization with $3 million. Our Principles was formed earlier this year as an eleventh hour effort to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination.
The planned meeting came to the attention of the Observer via one top Republican donor who was approached and described himself to the Observer as “disgusted that he [Ryan] is saying one thing publicly but secretly trying to garner support with all of these NeverTrump people talking about all their strategies to subvert the people who are voting for Trump and Cruz.” He declined to join the group and either did not know or would not reveal others who would be joining the secret meeting at the Mandarin.
If Ryan does enter the race at the RNC convention, clearly this is too early for him to do so. Just like he was opposed to taking the Speaker job, his denials about entering the presidential race sound eerily similar.
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