House Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday flatly rejected the idea that he could be mentioned as a potential GOP presidential nominee in a brokered convention next year, saying that talk of an on-floor convention fight is "ridiculous."
"We haven't even started the Iowa caucus, for heaven's sake," he told Fox News' Bill Hemmer on the "America's Newsroom"
program. "I am one of the millions of primary voters who will help sort this out."
And, he continued, "all this talk about brokered conventions and who you have and who is down is ridiculous. We have qualified people running for president. I think a good person will emerge from that field."
Last week, Ryan spoke out about GOP candidate Donald Trump's call for a ban on Muslims coming into the United States until the government can determine what should be done about the threat of Islamic terrorism, but on Tuesday insisted he believes the primary process is "healthy."
"We have great candidates running," said the Wisconsin Republican, who in 2012 was Mitt Romney's running mate. "I trust the Republican primary voters to deliver a good nominee for us, so we can bring a conservative unified movement for the Republican Party. I think we're well equipped and I think we'll have a healthy primary."
Also on the program, Ryan commented on the ongoing budget talks, saying that there will be no government shutdown.
"We are putting the finishing touches on the legislation, but we'll have good tax policies that help send us in the right direction," said Ryan, noting that there are tax reforms provided on it to allow more certainty for businesses so they can hire workers, and new priorities on the spending side.
And, he pointed out, Democrats also got some of their priority issues approved, which is the "nature of compromise in government."
He said he does not know yet if a majority of Republicans will vote for the measure, as the vote doesn't come up until Thursday, but the tax bill "is something we are happy about, very proud of, and something we have been striving for, for a long time."
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