Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has declared that he will only attend the Republican National Convention (RNC) if the party’s nominee is “somebody not named Trump.”
Ryan, who served as Speaker of the House from 2015 to 2019 and was widely criticized for fighting Trump’s agenda while in office.
In an interview on Friday with a Milwaukee ABC News affiliate, Ryan emphasized the importance of the Republican Party’s commitment to conservative principles and expressed concern that the party had lost its way under Trump’s leadership.
Paul Ryan says he will skip RNC if Trump wins 2024 nomination https://t.co/7O1XwQSJ6v
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 26, 2023
According to a Harvard CAPS-Harris poll published on February 17th, Trump outperforms President Biden with 46% of respondents supporting him, compared to Biden’s 41% in a head-to-head contest, while 13% were undecided. The same poll showed Trump also winning against Vice President Kamala Harris, with 49% to her 39%. In an eight-way Republican primary, Trump emerged as the preferred candidate with 37% support, followed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at 19%. The other candidates in the poll were Nikki Haley, Mike Pence, Marco Rubio, Mike Pompeo, Ted Cruz and Tim Scott.
The RNC is scheduled to take place in 2024, and it remains to be seen who the party’s nominee will be at that time.