Ryan backs McCarthy as next GOP leader

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — S.A. Miller

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is throw­ing his sup­port be­hind Ma­jor­ity Leader Kevin McCarthy to be his suc­ces­sor as speaker.

“We all think that Kevin is the right per­son,” the Wis­con­sin Repub­li­can told NBC’s “Meet the Press” for an in­ter­view that aired Sun­day.

He said Mr. McCarthy, Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can, will be able to get the votes for speaker be­cause “what’s changed is we have got­ten a lot done.”

Mr. Ryan said a lead­er­ship race now would be a “need­less dis­trac­tion” from the press­ing task of ad­vanc­ing the GOP agenda and “fight­ing for our ma­jor­ity” in midterm elec­tions.

The other ob­vi­ous con­tender for speaker, House Ma­jor­ity Whip Steve Scalise, said Thurs­day that he would not chal­lenge Mr. McCarthy for the job.

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