NBC interview: House Speaker Ryan endorses McCarthy as successor

House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy speaks next to House Speaker Paul Ryan at a news conference with Republican leaders after

House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy speaks next to House Speaker Paul Ryan at a news conference with Republican leaders after

Ryan said the GOP leadership team all supports McCarthy.

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

If Democrats gain seats as expected in the November elections, Republican losses likely will fall most heavily among moderates representing swing districts. Initially Ryan said he wouldn't talk about endorsing someone until then.

House Republicans' second in command - to succeed him as speaker, in an interview with NBC. Some also questioned whether Ryan would be able to sustain his massive fundraising efforts as a lame-duck speaker.

According to sources, the California representative told the President he wants the job.

In the current House, which has 237 Republicans, the Freedom caucus sways enough votes to keep any candidate from getting a majority vote needed to ascend to House Speaker should Ryan step down before his term is up in January.

Still, Ryan's endorsement doesn't mean that the race to replace him is close to over. But as Speaker, McCarthy would have more influence in shaping which policies get a vote in Congress. He told reporters earlier this week that it's too soon to endorse McCarthy. On Thursday, he noted that he had raised $3 million to help colleagues with re-election so far this year, a record for the House whip.

The White House declined to weigh in Friday on whom the president preferred for speaker.

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McCarthy has been spending considerable time with the members of Freedom Caucus and has also sent out birthday cards to some members.

Ryan took over in 2015 amid a leadership fight, with McCarthy among the contenders who were unable to attract sufficient support.

Keven McCarthy in his Washington D.C. office in 2012, when the U.S. Government was being closed down as a tactic by the Republicans during the Obama presidency.

If he becomes speaker, one of the most powerful Republicans in the country would hail from a state where Republicans hold little to no political power.

Jordan can play a spoiler role for McCarthy and not much else.

Neither McCarthy nor Scalise has announced he will run for speaker. Already, behind the scenes, the race for Speaker is unfolding.

Helping to raise money for other candidates is a key part of a House leader's job.

Kevin McCarthy to take the top spot in the House when Ryan retires in November.

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