Rep. McCarthy Seeking to Replace Speaker Ryan

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

The endorsement follows Ryan's announcement earlier this week that he would not be seeking re-election.

House Republicans' second in command - to succeed him as speaker, in an interview with NBC.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., endorsed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for speaker Friday, a move likely meant to clear the field and make way for his top deputy.

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. "I think we'll have a seamless transition". "This leadership team has come together and gelled, this conference has been unified, and we've actually moved the ball and gotten things done".

Washington, D.C. (Friday, April 13, 2018)-Just two days after Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, announced he would not be returning to the U.

During an interview Friday, Ryan endorsed Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as his successor. He had been expected to face a challenge from Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the majority whip, but Ryan suggested that Scalise would back McCarthy, echoing comments Scalise himself made Thursday. "Our leadership team, I'm saying", Ryan clarified.

"I fully anticipate handing the gavel over to the next Speaker of the House after this term, and I think Kevin's the right guy to step up", Ryan continued.

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



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