Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy to succeed him as speaker

Ryan backs Mc Carthy for Speaker He's 'the right person'

In a preview clip from his interview with NBC's Meet the Press, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA ) was "he right person" to become the next speaker. "One of the reasons why I was comfortable making this decision was because we have a very capable leadership team". "I'm not saying every single person in Congress". Now they fear they may have to deal with a House of Representatives leadership struggle when the party should focus on defending its congressional majorities and advancing Trump's agenda.

Ryan told NBC he believed having McCarthy step in would work toward a more smooth transition in House leadership. McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise have been considered the front-runners to replace Ryan, elections for which won't be held until after this fall's midterms. A member of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, potentially Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, may try to become the GOP leader, complicating matters for McCarthy. 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.

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Neither McCarthy nor Scalise has announced he will run for speaker.

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