Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has endorsed Paul Ryan for President.
Ryan succeeded Boehner as House Speaker on Oct. 29 of 2015.
“If we don’t have a nominee who can win on the first ballot, I’m for none of the above,” Boehner said at the Futures Industry Association. “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.”
Ryan has consistently rejected calls for him to run for his party’s nomination for President as an eleventh hour candidate.
“The speaker is grateful for the support, but he is not interested,” a spokeswoman for Mr. Ryan said. “He will not accept a nomination and believes our nominee should be someone who ran this year.”
On Tuesday, Ryan told CNBC that he was not seeking a higher office this year.
“I’m not running for president,” Ryan said. “I made that decision, consciously, not to. I don’t see that happening. I’m not thinking about it. I’m happy where I am, so no.”
For Boehner’s part, he has never sought the office for himself, not that his candidacy would be viable considering his inability to bring his party together while Speaker.
“Being president is like voluntarily climbing into a jail cell and then letting people throw stones at you through the bars,” he said. “I smoke cigarettes, I drink red wine, I play golf, I cut my own grass, I wash and iron my own shirts, and I sure as hell am not giving that up to be president of the United States.”
In terms of how Boehner feels about the current GOP field, being a member of the party establishment he is probably horrified by Donald Trump, but he is not a fan of Senator Ted Cruz either, having once called him “a jackass”.
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