Ryan leaves door open to accepting GOP nomination: 'Who knows?'
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTwitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America MORE (R-Wis.) is refusing to definitively rule out the possibility that he would accept the Republican presidential nomination if the GOP convention is deadlocked.

"You know, I haven't given any thought to this stuff," Ryan told CNBC’s John Harwood in an interview published late Tuesday night. "People say, 'What about the contested convention?' I say, well, there are a lot of people running for president. We'll see. Who knows."


Ryan emphasized that he made a conscious decision not to run for president, but he left the door open to accepting the nomination as a potential last-ditch solution.

"I actually think you should run for president if you're going to be president, if you want to be president," he said. "I'm not running for president. I made that decision, consciously, not to."

The likelihood of a contested convention increased on Tuesday after Republican presidential candidate John Kasich scored a victory over front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America MORE in his home state of Ohio, leaving a tougher path for Trump to clinch the nomination.