Republicans are increasingly pointing to Paul Ryan, House Speaker, as a potential presidential nominee. Ryan is not in the running and hasn’t campaigned, yet republicans believe he could be the next President of the United States. A Republican source believes that there is a 60% chance that the presidential race will end in a deadlock.
Donald Trump, the current frontrunner, fears he will not receive the needed delegates to be a nominee.
Ryan became House Speaker despite not wanting the position, and many believe that he will do the same to become president. Ryan showed his lack of interest in becoming president on Monday morning during an interview. The uproar that would result from Ryan being nominee can be avoided by not angling for presidency, according to the source.
It’s believed that if Trump falls short of the delegate count to become nominee, the Republican National Convention (RNC) will look towards someone else to become president. Republicans have been calling for a “fresh face” to have a chance to beat Clinton or Sanders in the election.
Paul Ryan, 46, gave a speech in March that quickly went viral. The speech, called “State of American Politics,” positioned Ryan as an anti-Trump candidate that Republicans can rally behind. Ryan never mentioned Trump, but stated, “Politics can be a battle of ideas, not insults.” The phrase is a direct aim at Trump, who has been criticized for his insults on the campaign trail.
A Paul Ryan campaign would be an interesting turn of events within an election where the top Republican candidate is a New York billionaire that has changed the political atmosphere during his campaign.