Published: Sun, April 15, 2018

Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy to replace him as House Speaker

Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy to replace him as House Speaker

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

House Speaker Paul Ryan is backing Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as his successor.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., touts the GOP tax reform plan being crafted in the Ways and Means Committee this week, wuring a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

"I think we all believe that Kevin is the right person", Ryan, who announced his retirement this week, told moderator Chuck Todd in an excerpt of the exclusive interview released Friday. "I'm not saying every single person in Congress".

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With Republicans gearing up for a tough midterm election this fall in which their majority is at stake, Ryan suggested he wanted to head off a potentially destructive internecine battle. "I think Kevin's the right guy to step up". He said he will remain speaker through 2018, although some Republicans, anxious they will lose their House majority during the 2018 mid-term elections, want to pick a new speaker sooner.

House Republicans' second in command - to succeed him as speaker, in an interview with NBC. "This leadership team has done that, and so I really do envision a more seamless transition, versus say the time when I came in".

"We have made a huge positive difference in people's lives, and people are more confident as a result of it", Ryan said.

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