Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy as his successor for speaker

Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy as his successor for speaker

Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy as his successor for speaker

Scalise, a six-term Republican, has shown no compunction about leapfrogging over senior members in the past as he quickly rose to a leadership role in the House.

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

I've never run against Kevin and wouldn't run against Kevin. "We are getting it done", Ryan said. And this is politics.

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.

McCarthy's status as Ryan's heir apparent could bolster the Bakersfield congressman's already-strong fundraising prowess, helping him keep his fellow California House Republicans afloat as Democrats try to seize back control of the chamber.

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Ryan announced his impending retirement Wednesday. Nancy Pelosi (D-California), the House Minority Leader gave kind words for Ryan as well "Despite our differences, I commend his steadfast commitment to our country".

But in the interview with NBC on Friday, Ryan said he believed that Scalise supported McCarthy as the next speaker. One senior White House official declined show a favorite right now for the future speaker. Scalise has said publicly that he would not run against McCarthy. Ryan was asked to reflect on his time as a steady if reluctant wingman for President Donald Trump's policies. "So what's changed is this leadership team has come together and gelled, this conference has been unified, and we've actually moved the ball and gotten things done". "Certainly should Kevin pursue this and win the support of his colleagues, we can look forward to his leadership on agriculture, energy and water, which are critical to our local and national economic success", Goh said. Rumblings from the conservative Freedom Caucus that he wasn't conservative enough led McCarthy to withdraw his bid hours before his Republican colleagues were set to cast a vote.

Representative Walter Jones (R-N.C.), a conservative member, is not in the favor of McCarthy becoming the next speaker.

"I would fully support Jordan", said Jones. "He will certainly be in the mix". "Once that kind of gets settled on, whether it's, in fact, a vote, which I doubt, or this is the heir apparent, then there will be a transition in terms of direction".

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