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NBC interview: House Speaker Ryan endorses McCarthy as successor

NBC interview: House Speaker Ryan endorses McCarthy as successor

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., endorsed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for speaker Friday, a move likely meant to clear the field and make way for his top deputy.

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

Ryan said members of Republican leadership, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) - largely considered to be McCarthy's top competition for the job - agree with his decision. He said he will remain speaker through 2018, although some Republicans, anxious they will lose their House majority during the 2018 mid-term elections, want to pick a new speaker sooner.

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McCarthy would still to need lock up 218 votes to secure the Speakership if the GOP retains control of the House in November, or if Republicans decide to elect a Speaker before the midterms. McCarthy said at the time that he didn't have enough support to effectively preside over the GOP conference.

The endorsement comes after Ryan stunned Washington this week by announcing he would not seek another term in Congress this fall.

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