Paul Ryan will not run as GOP nominee

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday tried to end speculation that he may be a late entrant into the Republican presidential race.

“Let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept the nomination for our party,” Ryan said in remarks from the Republican National Committee’s headquarters in Washington.

Ryan, addressing Republican presidential delegates, added: “I believe you should only choose from a person who has actually participated in the primary. Count me out.”

Ryan dismissed comparisons between speculation that he would accept the speakership — which he repeatedly denied before taking the position last fall — and his refusal on Tuesday to be considered for the GOP’s nomination at the Republican convention in July. He suggested convention delegates should adopt a rule only allowing a candidate who has run to be the party’s presidential nominee.