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Paul Ryan: Kevin McCarthy Is 'Right Person' to Be Next Speaker

16 April, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy speaks next to House Speaker Paul Ryan at a news conference with Republican leaders after

In endorsing McCarthy, Ryan is trying to ensure a smooth transition for Republican leadership during an unpredictable year.

Ryan said, "Yeah. We all think that Kevin is the right person". "I think Kevin's the right guy to step up".

Ryan also said he still meant to serve out his term as speaker, arguing that a leadership race now would be a "needless distraction" from trying to keep the House GOP majority.

"Paul's staying all the way through and we've got our work cut out for us to continue to work to keep the majority and a lot of legislation to get done", added McCarthy. In order to win the gavel, McCarthy will have to get a majority of the votes in the House.

So far McCarthy is only saying there isn't a race for Speaker yet.

Ryan's support for the California congressman comes just days after Ryan announced he'd retire in January.

House Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan declared that he was considering his own speakership bid on Friday morning, all but ensuring that McCarthy would not have the votes if the election were held today.

McCarthy has worked to cultivate a positive relationship with Trump, who initially crowed when McCarthy dropped out of the speaker's race in 2015.

Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseMcCarthy says early leadership election to replace Ryan unlikely Ryan rebuffs calls that he make a speedier exit The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-La.) has also expressed openness to running for the position, but said this week he would not run against McCarthy.

Certain lawmakers have predicted that Trump may have the decision power in the end when electing the next speaker.

According to sources, the California representative told the President he wants the job.

Although Ryan asserted on "Meet the Press" that Scalise agrees McCarthy is the best choice to be the next speaker, Scalise hasn't pulled his name from consideration. Scalise has said publicly that he would not run against McCarthy. But that doesn't solve the GOP's problem of who will succeed Ryan, if not McCarthy.

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