Ryan, making his first late night TV appearance ever, appeared via satellite on Colbert's show and began his segment by explaining how his message as speaker differs from that of the current crop of presidential nominees. Colbert then asked Ryan if he would accept the GOP nomination and refused to take no for an answer.
"Let me say it in clear English: no," Ryan said.
"Okay, how about clear German?" Colbert asked.
"Nein," Ryan replied.
"Wow, you seem to know a lot of foreign languages," Colbert shot back. "That kind of international experience will really come in handy if you decide to accept the Republican nomination."