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Mike Johnson: Scalise or McCarthy For Speaker?

Mike Johnson: Scalise or McCarthy For Speaker?

House Speaker Paul Ryan will endorse House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, in the high-profile race for who will succeed him.

"We all think that Kevin is the right person", Ryan said in an interview airing on Sunday on "Meet the Press".

Ryan has said he will serve as speaker through the year, though some in the party want him to leave earlier.

The story is developing. The money raised goes to a joint fund dubbed "Protect the House" that doles money to GOP House candidates and members, as well as McCarthy's PAC. McCarthy aides said the remark to other GOP leaders was a bad joke.

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. In 2015, his effort to succeed Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, flopped in just a few days as he failed to corral enough votes, especially from conservatives. But this time will be different, Ryan said, because "what's changed is we have gotten a lot done".

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"It's like Eisenhower resigning right before D-Day", said Tom Davis, a former Republican congressman from Virginia, who once headed the House GOP's campaign committee.

After Ryan voiced his support for McCarthy to be the next Speaker, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if the president agreed. "It makes no sense to take the biggest fundraiser off the field, and I think nearly all of our members see it that way".

Later United States President Donald Trump supported Ryan's decision while saying, "Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question".

It is widely understood, those Republicans said, that Graves is speaking for a larger GOP legislative group that does not wish to openly challenge Ryan's wishes. He continued to build relationships, continued to prove himself, and I think he did it the right way.

Many pundits had speculated that Ryan might contemplate retirement after having ushered the most comprehensive tax reform legislation since the Reagan administration through Congress.