One Way to Block Trump: A Suggestion from Former Speaker John Boehner

Source: Politico, March 16

Paul RyanPaul Ryan should be the Republican nominee for president if the party fails to choose a candidate on the first ballot.

“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 conference here [at Boca Raton, Florida]. “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.”

Wading into the GOP nominating battle for the first time since leaving office last fall, Boehner said that “anybody can be nominated” at the convention in Cleveland this summer.

Boehner, who now splits his time between Florida, Ohio and D.C., had long whispered to friends that he believes Ryan could be the party’s political savior if it came to that….

Ryan and his staff say he doesn’t want the nomination. “The Speaker is grateful for the support, but he is not interested,” said Ryan spokesman AshLee Strong. “He will not accept a nomination and believes our nominee should be someone who ran this year.”

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Source: NBC News, March 16

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said that it was “unacceptable” for Donald Trump to suggest there would be rioting if he is not chosen as the Republican nominee.

“Nobody should say such things in my opinion because to even address or hint to violence is unacceptable,” he told reporters on Capitol Hill.

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3 responses to “One Way to Block Trump: A Suggestion from Former Speaker John Boehner

  1. Paul Ryan suggesting that the Republican nominee should be one of the current candidates should be enough to disqualify him on the basis of lack of judgment… if not character.

  2. I fail to see why John Boehner suggests that Paul Ryan be nominated if the latter’s spokesman claims that ‘he is not interested’. Given the unease among the GOP with the possibility of Donald Trump’s nomination, one would expect at least an explanation from him as to why.
    As for Donald Trump’s self-promoting rhetorical ‘sound bite’ that ‘there would be rioting if he is not nominated’, what could be a more alluring bait to arouse media attention? In that context, Paul Ryan’s moderating response does not seem unexpected.