Paul Ryan declares support for Kevin McCarthy as next House Speaker

Paul Ryan declares support for Kevin McCarthy as next House Speaker

House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to be his successor, in an interview with NBC News' "Meet the Press" that aired Friday.

Paul Ryan publicly backed McCarthy in an interview saying he thinks he is the right person for the position.

Scalise, the third-highest ranking Republican in the chamber, has insisted that he would not challenge McCarthy despite speculation that he might want to replace Ryan.

McCarthy has raised more money for Republicans and some consider him closer to President Donald Trump, but Scalise has more support from the party's conservative House members. In addition to McCarthy, R-Calif., House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., has also been mentioned as a possible Ryan replacement.

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. S House after January 2019, he told an NBC News interviewer he would endorse Bakersfield native Kevin McCarthy to take the gavel. But he said a lot has changed since 2015. Ryan said he wished to spend more time with his family in Janesville, Wis. "This leadership team has come together and gelled, this conference has been unified, and we've actually moved the ball and gotten things done". Asked if it was his understanding that Scalise felt that McCarthy should assume Ryan's role, the curent House speaker said "that's right".