Paul Ryan openly endorses Kevin McCarthy as his successor

Paul Ryan openly endorses Kevin McCarthy as his successor

Paul Ryan openly endorses Kevin McCarthy as his successor

In addition to McCarthy, R-Calif., House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., has also been mentioned as a possible Ryan replacement.

McCarthy, the No. 2 in the House, lost out as speaker last time over resistance from the House Freedom Caucus. Some have said that in the "Trump primary", McCarthy has an edge, while on the other hand, Scalise has been termed as the "Legend of Louisiana".

So far, despite speculation over a possibly contentious battle brewing between the two, McCarthy and Scalise have stayed above the fray.

During the White House press briefing Friday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to formally announce who President Donald Trump would support, although she noted that Trump had a "great relationship with Kevin McCarthy". Meadows and McCarthy both have the ear of the president, and that commonality may well unite them in the weeks ahead.

Ryan told NBC he will support the Republican Representative from California. "Second, if we elect a Democratic majority to the House, the Speaker will be a Democrat".

"What's changed is we have gotten a lot done", he said.

Ryan's abrupt retirement announcement Wednesday threw the fractious House Republican conference into uncertainty, especially with news that he intends to hold on to the gavel until after the November election.

But he also has indicated he would not challenge McCarthy.

"It would be a real honor for Bakersfield to have the next speaker of the House to be our Congressman who was born and raised here".

Scalise and Jordan combined can deny McCarthy the necessary votes.

In negotiations over last year's tax reform bill, McCarthy was instrumental in watering down provisions slashing the mortgage interest and state tax deductions, which hit California harder than nearly anywhere else in the country - although critics say the final bill was still bad for the state.

But just because Scalise appeared to defer to McCarthy doesn't mean the race will play out that way. "Having a speaker from California can be nothing but helpful to the state".

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