Former House Speaker Paul Ryan ruled out exactly one person from his list of possibilities for the Republican 2024 presidential nominee — former President Donald Trump.
Appearing on Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.,” Ryan declared that the GOP will not nominate Trump as their candidate because they want “so badly” to win the election.
Paul Ryan on 2024: “We won’t nominate Trump because we want to win. The suburban voter doesn’t like Trump. We haven’t lost this much this fast than we have with Trump. We lost the House, the Senate & the WH in a span of two years. I don’t want to repeat that.” pic.twitter.com/kjefVIBmib
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) October 25, 2022
Ryan explained that, in his view, suburban voters are the “new swing voter” but they don’t like Trump. The former representative said that they do like Republicans, so it is key for the party to go in another direction in 2024.
It is worth noting that Ryan and Trump have not had a cordial relationship and the two frequently butted heads while both were in Washington. The former Speaker left office two years into Trump’s term and was known for publicly opposing the president on several occasions.
Ryan praised Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) in June as one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the former president after Jan. 6. Trump responded by terming Ryan a “pathetic loser” and a “weak RINO.”
Last year the former Speaker told the GOP that it should aspire for “independence and mettle” and shy away from “the populist appeal of one personality.”
The former president retorted that Ryan is a “curse” on the Republican Party.
For his part, Trump has not declared his candidacy even though rumors and hints continue to swirl that he will indeed make a third run for the White House.
As for whose name he expected to appear on the top of the GOP ticket, Ryan rattled off Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Ryan added that he likes all of his choices and that they “most importantly will win the White House.”