Paul Ryan Endorses Kevin McCarthy To Become Next House Speaker

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wis. who announced yesterday he will not run for re-election holds his weekly news conference at the Capitol in Washington Thursday

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.

Ryan ascended to the speakership during a tumultuous moment for House Republicans and was seen as the only person who could get the necessary votes for the job. "I think Kevin's the right guy to step up".

McCarthy was expected to face a formidable challenge from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) but that prospect faded when Scalise told Fox and Friends on Thursday that he would not run against McCarthy.

Ryan announced this week he will not seek re-election this fall in his Wisconsin district. Already, behind the scenes, the race for Speaker is unfolding. When former House Speaker John Boehner resigned, all eyes were on the California Republican.

Ryan's endorsement, however, gives McCarthy an edge in the leadership contest.

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He added, "Well our leadership team, I'm saying".

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

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

Representative Jim Jordan, a co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, whose members have at times clashed with Ryan and other Republican leaders, said he is also open to pursuing the role of speaker.

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