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The Candidates Fight for New York


The most prominent piece of news in the 2016 election today comes from a non-candidate: Speaker Paul Ryan has clarified publicly (and emphatically) that no, he will not run for the GOP nomination.

Anna Palmer, Senior Washington Correspondent for POLITICO, and Andrea Bernstein, Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News, discuss Ryan's announcement and more news from the candidates in NYC as the New York primary approaches on April 19th.

While some point to shows like House of Cards as evidence that denying your interest in a public office really means you're plotting your eventual victory, Palmer said the circumstances are entirely different for Ryan. While he initially denied interest in the Speaker position, nobody wanted that job, but plenty of Republicans want the nomination.

And Andrea said, from having spoken to many Republican New Yorkers in the past few days, that it seems they are faced with either a Hobson's choice (which is to say no choice) or a Sophie's choice (two horrifying choices).


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