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Paul Ryan Backing Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker

Paul Ryan Backing Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker

Kevin McCarthy to take the top spot in the House when Ryan retires in November.

"We all think that Kevin is the right person", Ryan said to NBC's Meet the Press in an interview excerpt released Friday and set to air in full Sunday.

Anointing a successor now could be an attempt to tamp down calls from some House Republicans who say Ryan should give up the speakership in the coming weeks and let his replacement take the reins early, rather than muddle through a distracting seven-month race to replace him.

Ryan told NBC that he felt comfortable leaving the House partly because of the quality of the leadership team behind him. He pulled out of a previous bid for House speaker in 2015 after he publicly suggested that a congressional panel investigating the deadly 2012 attack on US facilities in Libya aimed to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential chances. McCarthy was also seen as the likeliest candidate when the Speaker post last became vacant in 2015, only to have his bid derailed by opposition from conservatives.

"There is no one who can get the 218 votes to be speaker today except Paul Ryan", North Carolina's Mark Meadows, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, said. "The California Teacher Association and the California Labor Federation endorsed our campaign this week; those are the endorsements that matter, not those of Paul Ryan", Matta said.

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Another name circulating as a possible Ryan replacement was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was wounded by a gunman previous year.

Johnson confirms reports from the nation's capitol that Scalise, a longtime friend and ally of McCarty, will not seek the Speaker's office if McCarthy wants the soon-to-be-vacated position.

The move helps elevate the No. 2 House Republican in a bid to replace Ryan and potentially heads off a messy and protracted leadership battle before the midterm elections.

The 53-year-old was first elected to the House of Representatives in California's 22nd District in 2006 with more than 70% of the vote.

Jordan is "a nice guy, but the Freedom Caucus has been the main source of our problems", King said.


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