Stephen Colbert followed up his interview with Hillary Clinton on The Late Show Tuesday by calling Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and bugging him about a possible presidential nomination, even as the New York primary proved a step further for Donald Trump. The Republican’s matchup with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton looks likely for the general election, but is not set in stone. If Trump can’t nail down at least 1,237 delegates before the Republican National Convention in July, the party could potentially choose a different nominee they think is better representative of their interests. One name that keeps coming up is Ryan.
The politician began by laying out his agenda for the Republican House. “71 percent of Americans don’t like the direction the country’s headed,” he said. “We think we owe our citizens a better way forward, so we’re gonna tackle the issues: economic growth, patient-centered health care, how do you move people from welfare to work, secure national security, restore self-government. We want to give the people of this country a very coherent choice and agenda that gets this country back on track.”
But all Colbert wanted to know is if Ryan would accept the presidential nomination. At first Ryan reaffirmed his refusal: “I do not want nor would I accept the nomination.” Colbert didn’t take “no” for an answer, and kept asking. “Was the ship that sailed the S.S. Yes on its way to Nomination Harbor?” he said. “No, it was the H.M.S. Not Gonna Happen on a one-way voyage to How Could I Be Any Clearer?” Ryan responded.
Watch the full clip below.