Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy to replace him as House Speaker

16 Апреля, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Republicans expect a battle between McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise for the speaker's role.

Current House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday he wasn't running for re-election.

Under House Republican rules, when there are more than two candidates for any office and none receives a majority of the votes on the first ballot, the candidate with the lowest number of votes on that, and each succeeding ballot, will be dropped until one candidate receives a majority of the votes.

It also remains to be seen whether Ryan will stay on as speaker for the rest of the year or step aside sooner to let Republicans pick a new leader before November. Scalise returned to Congress last September after months of recovering from injuries he suffered during a shooting at a congressional baseball practice. McCarthy backed out of a leadership race three years ago amid similar divisions.

"We've got to have a Speaker".

"For his part, Scalise appeared to back down from any conflict with McCarthy".

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"I know this town doesn't let the bodies get cold before people start making announcements", said the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.). "He and I are good friends", Scalise said.

Ryan plans to make his endorsement official in an interview with Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.

"I think what we want to do is focus on getting our jobs done, what we want to do is focus on executing our agenda, focus on fighting for our majority, and all these other things would be needless distractions from the task at hand", Ryan said.

But just because Scalise appeared to defer to McCarthy doesn't mean the race will play out that way. Rumblings from the conservative Freedom Caucus that he wasn't conservative enough led McCarthy to withdraw his bid hours before his Republican colleagues were set to cast a vote.

Meanwhile, Tea Party conservatives are actively promoting other candidates for the position, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), co-founder of the Freedom Caucus.

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