Ryan to make statement ruling out presidential bid

Paul Ryan
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., gestures during his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Policy battles must be hashed out by Dec. 11 as Congress races to close out a $1.1 trillion spending bill and avoid a holiday season government shutdown. President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies promise to fight off what they consider the most glaring examples of GOP overreach. Republicans insist they won’t walk away empty-handed. Ryan said recently, ``There will have to be some riders in this for us to be able to pass” the massive bill. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) – An aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan says the Wisconsin Republican will address reporters Tuesday to formally rule out a run for president this year.

The statement comes after weeks of speculation that Ryan could emerge as the GOP nominee if there’s a contested Republican convention. That’s looking likely since front-runner Donald Trump may not collect the necessary delegates ahead of time.

Ryan’s remarks will come at a mid-afternoon news conference at the Republican National Committee.

Ryan and his aides have continually denied the speaker has presidential ambitions this year, but their statements have not put the issue to rest.

Tuesday’s appearance will be an attempt to do so once and for all. An aide confirmed Ryan’s planned remarks, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the event.

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