Hatch: Ryan could be drafted at convention

Hatch: Ryan could be drafted at convention
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Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchLobbying world Congress, stop holding 'Dreamers' hostage Drug prices are declining amid inflation fears MORE (R-Utah) said there's "potential" for House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.) to be drafted as a presidential nominee at a Republican convention because he is the one person who could unify the party.

"I think it's just natural that that speculation would happen because he's one of the great leaders here on Capitol Hill and one of the people who brings both sides, all sides together, I should say," Hatch told reporters Thursday.

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Hatch said there's currently no serious effort to draft the former VP candidate, who has repeatedly said that he isn't interested in running. But Hatch's remarks reflected the high standing Ryan has with many GOP office-holders, who see him as a potential white knight who could salvage the messy GOP White House race. 

"He's one of my close friends and I have absolute confidence in him as a human being and as a leader. He's a very, very fine human being," Hatch said.

A new poll released Thursday shows that Ryan would lose to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary MORE by 6 percentage points and would fall 7 points short of Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds MORE in the general election. 

Hatch had endorsed Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate GOP campaign arm outraises Democratic counterpart in September House passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure Senators call for answers from US firm over reported use of forced Uyghur labor in China MORE's presidential run.