Paul Ryan Endorses Kevin McCarthy As Next Speaker Of The House

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"We all think Kevin is the right person to become Speaker", Ryan said in an interview NBC's Chuck Todd on Friday.

"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.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is reportedly talking about a potential bid to replace outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan.

Ryan announced this week he will not seek re-election this fall in his Wisconsin district. When former House Speaker John Boehner resigned, all eyes were on the California Republican.

He added, "Well our leadership team, I'm saying".

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Ryan's endorsement for McCarthy is only the first word on the race, of course.

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

Ryan has announced that he's retiring from the House after this term, but plans to stay on as speaker through the November midterm election.

Neither McCarthy nor Scalise have yet declared their intentions, though both men have been jockeying behind the scenes for the top spot in the House GOP conference. On Friday, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, told reporters he'd be interested in exploring a run for Speaker.

White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the President and McCarthy "have a great relationship", but did not say who he wants to fill the role.

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