They don’t like Cruz, and they don’t like Trump. The governing establishment in the Republican Party is having convulsions over who’s left in the GOP field for president. The names of establishment leaders keep being thrown out as possible alternatives to the GOP front-runners. One such person is House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has stated he is not running for president. But his latest video sure does look like a campaign ad.
As previously reported on GOPUSA, Ryan told the Hugh Hewitt Show that “I’m not running for president. Period, end of story.”
“I do believe people put my name in this thing, and I say, ‘get my name out of that,'” Ryan said, alluding to the fact that some in the GOP leadership have proposed Ryan’s candidacy without Ryan’s expressed approval.
So… if that’s the case, why turn an ordinary speech to legislative interns into something that looks like a “feel good” campaign ad?
A few weeks ago, Ryan spoke to an invited audience of congressional interns and blasted the “Trump style” of campaigning by saying, “If someone has a bad idea, we tell them why our idea is better. We don’t insult them into agreeing with us.”
“We don’t resort to scaring you, we dare to inspire you.”
The Wisconsin Republican never mentioned Trump’s name or that of any other candidate, Republican or Democratic. But his targets were clear in a sometimes frightful campaign season that’s featured insults, sucker punches and near-riots as often as substantive policy debates.
“We are slipping into being a divisive country,” he said. “If we’re going to keep this beautiful American experiment going we’re going to have to stay unified.”
The result of that speech which was given on March 23 is a nice, shiny video that was published on Thursday on YouTube.
So, is Paul Ryan the establishment’s choice for president? Will the GOP try to pull a “fast one” at the convention, or will the delegates pick Trump or Cruz? Campaign video or simply a nice message to America? What do you think?