Paul Ryan Rules Out White House Bid This Year

"I should not be considered. Period. End of story," he told reporters.

"I want to put this for rest once and for all," Ryan told reporters at the Republican National Committee’s headquarters. "I should not be considered. Period. End of story."

Ryan delivered his most Shermanasque statement to date on the presidential race -- telling his party bluntly he has no desire to make a move at the Republican nominating convention this summer if no candidate clinches the nomination outright. He also pointed out that the political climate is different now than when he ran for speaker.

Asked about a convention rule change that could pave the way to his nomination, Ryan said he encourages the delegates to enact rules limiting the contest to the remaining candidates.

"I believe you should only chose from a person who has actually participated in the primary," Ryan said.

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