Apr 13, 2018, 4:08 PM ET

Paul Ryan declares support for Kevin McCarthy as next House Speaker


House Speaker Paul Ryan says he believes his deputy, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, should be the next Speaker following Ryan's retirement at the end of the current session next January.

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During an interview Friday, Ryan endorsed Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as his successor.

“We all think Kevin is the right person to become Speaker,” Ryan told NBC’s Chuck Todd.

“I fully anticipate handing the gavel over to the next Speaker of the House after this term, and I think Kevin’s the right guy to step up,” Ryan continued.

After Ryan voiced his support for McCarthy to be the next Speaker, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if the president agreed.

Sanders said Trump and McCarthy share a “great relationship” but she declined to echo Ryan’s endorsement at this time.

"The president has a great relationship with Kevin McCarthy, but in terms of an announcement on who he wants to see as the next speaker, I don't have any announcements on that,” Sanders said.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise has publicly indicated he won’t directly challenge McCarthy if the California Republican declares his candidacy for speaker, but so far McCarthy is only saying there isn’t a race for Speaker yet.

So far McCarthy is only saying there isn’t a race for Speaker yet.

Ryan has pledged to remain Speaker until the conclusion of the 115th Congress next January. House Republicans are currently expected to hold their leadership elections in November following the midterm elections.

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  • Believer

    Ryan must tell America about that secret meeting with donalds & Sterns as IVANKA ?
    That's why NEPOTISM must be ENFORCED.

  • Seymore

    Ryan runs away before he loses his Speaker position to the midterm election. Now another Speaker will have lost the majority. What a worm.

  • Mitzy1991

    Headline: Ryan will spend the rest of his life trying to buy his soul back!

  • David Farrar

    One RINO supporting another RINO, why am I not surprised? This is not the way to "unify" House Republicans!

  • ryanwiwb

    The fun part of this is that there don't seem to be a lot of Republicans in the Wisconsin 1st CD interested in replacing him on the ballot.

  • David

    Why should anyone listen to Paul Ryan? He is a bag of hot air. What we need to do now is cut their pay and terminate their health care so that we can afford the tax cuts.

  • doug harmon

    I'm personally glad Eddie Munster is calling it quits... he basically had to turn around and kiss trump's behind after calling him out to begin with. what a little cheese eater..... good riddance.

  • The Outlier

    I don't know why they would spend so much effort on deciding the next speaker of the house is going to be when the GOP will be going home in November.

  • Planet Earth

    No one cares about the opinion of a person who couldn't even stand up to a game show host

  • Ghost Of Darcy

    Let's elect House Speaker Steve Scalise, because he knows all too well how far the Left will go to push their own agenda...

  • Jack25

    Is he as spineless as Ryan? Doesn’t matter he won’t be in any majority leadership position next year.

  • tatertaut

    I sincerely hope there will be a democrat in that position come next January. The republicans have proven they are not up to the task of reigning in their trump, so, out I hope they go.

  • John Smith

    Will kev have the time to be speaker? I think he is so busy caressing and fondling trumpy bear and sorting candy out for his lover that he won't have time for anything else.

  • Maureen Carroll

    How cute. The next Speaker of the House will be a Democrat.

  • Lawrence Wilson

    Good riddance to Ryan, whoever takes his place won't be any better.

  • katerant

    Paul Ryan’s Sad Legacy -

    Under Obama, he was hailed as the deficit-warrior of Washington. Under Trump, he oversaw the greatest peacetime growth in deficit spending in modern American history.

  • ExtraStealth

    I am thrilled Ryan is gone. He is a sociopath who still wants to kill Social Security and put old and disabled people on the streets to eat dog food and be the victims of constant crime. But don't worry. There are still plenty of sociopaths in Congress.

  • Verity Pendelton

    Doesn't McCarthy have to win his seat back first???? Let's make sure he doesn't!

  • ogrot

    Captain Ryan: Well men, it would appear that the iceberg strike has damaged the hull significantly. We can't pump more water than the amount that comes in and it will likely begin shearing in a half hour or so. What's worse is we only have half the amount of lifeboats we need. We are adrift in the middle of blue water and likely wont get relief for a day or two after this ship has made its journey to the bottom of the ocean. We are likely to lose half of passengers to this disaster. Unrelated to all of that, I have decided to resign my commission. So good news, the captain's seat is available. See ensign McConnell it wasn't all doom and gloom. So I now open the floor to nominations.

  • mtntrek3

    Doesn't matter... as only Donald matters.

  • Glenn Morris

    Ryan botched tax reform despite ; taking credit for the bloated spending package and therefore disappointed every American worker.

  • okiejoe

    More likely to be Pelosi.

  • Rubbed Sage

    If Trump endorses him, he's gone.

  • Donna Ticktoff

    Perfect reason NOT to support McCarthy!!!

  • Rafterman00

    Assuming he wins re-election, Sparky.

  • Debra

    "You better keep your mouth shut and cover my a__, Mikey! You know I'll take care of you with a pardon if you go down for me."
    "Oh, I know, Donnie. I'd die for you. Just remember to pardon me, OK, or I might have to turn over some of my secret tapes."

  • Facts_matter

    McCarthy says he's proud to be Trumps fixer,friend,and candy man.
    Right up Ryans alley.

  • Facts_matter

    McCarthy has raised $20 million.For a big time run this year.
    There was a Republican lady in Texas that used Trump,Trump,Trump in her campaign this year in the primaries.
    She spent $7 million in ad campaign funds.Out of the 5 running,she came In third.So money
    means very little this year.Trump is bringing them all down.

  • GorillaMyDreams

    Why did the article repeat the same line twice?

    Why did the article repeat the same line twice?

  • SimpleTruthSeeker

    “We all think Kevin is the right person to become Speaker,” said Ryan.

    No we don't.

  • JohnC

    I thought the Speaker had to be from the majority party.

  • MickC

    Of course, McCarthy - if reelected - will likely be Minority Whip since the next Speaker is likely to be a Democrat. I hope it's NOT White-repelling Nancy Pelosi. I say that as a Democrat, former candidate for office, former county commission member, and recent major Democratic Club Political Advisor who has admired Pelosi in the past, as a Senior and also from the same Baltimore hometown as Nancy Pelosi - though her father and grandfather, Tommy D'Alesandro III and Jr, were mayors of Baltimore and mine sure weren't. But Nancy and many of the 60+ and 70+ Democratic leaders sold their souls to get minority support while stabbing White people in the back. On one of the last Charlie Rose shows, Hillary Clinton said, "White people are jealous of Black people's accomplishments."
    Personally, as a retired teacher, I don't think enough has been done to educate poor people in the inner cities, Appalachia, etc. and each generation has been held back. So, Hillary, don't put words in my mouth! The same with the rest of the Seniors at the top of the Dem. Party: you've alienated too many people to be useful at the top: step back. There are plenty of excellent 40+ Dem. Congressmen and Congresswomen who want to lead and they would be MUCH better for the Democratic Party,

  • Lumeni

    Isnt McCarthy the one Trump refers to as, “My Kevin” because he is so sweet to Trump?
    Remember McCarthy gave Trump a big jar of only the pink candies because those are the only ones Trump eats? (Skittles?)

  • Herron

    Let's make sure Ryan is the last GOP speaker for a while.


  • colloguy

    Looked up the voting/stance record for Kevin McCarthy at On The Issues.
    Nothing new to see here from a Republican point of view.
    Increase the war on drugs, no abortions but no support for children. It is the same old ways that have not succeeded.

  • SGNH

    Why not wait to see if they when their election before reaching for that position.

  • Sal Monela

    It's after 5.................on a Friday? Anyone fired yet?

  • novamcln

    OF COURSE he picks another weak, spineless, lying SOB like himself.

  • Fermer Votre Bouche

    Does Kevin McCarthy plan to change parties ?

  • BD70

    Why would Trump have anything to say about who is next speaker? Or is that a dumb question at this point in time.

  • Sal Monela

    House Speaker Paul Ryan says he believes Nancy Pelosi should be the next Speaker following Ryan's retirement at the end of the current session next January.
    Fixed it for you, Paul.

  • poultrygeist

    Well if Ryan supports him, then by all means, Find somebody else!

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    Ryan/McCarth or McCarthy/Ryan?

    Both are indistinguishable and both speak with forked tongue and have been bought and paid for by the 1%. They want to finish the job of destroying the middle class.

    In other words, business as usual for the GOP.

  • ryanwiwb

    Meanwhile in Wisconsin, Robin Vos, one of the bigger names suggested as a GOP candidate in the 1st CD, has decided it's much better to keep his safe seat in the Assembly rather that run to replace Paulie.

  • TexasVulcan

    Interesting. So Ryan thinks the Democrats will elect someone from the GOP to be Speaker?

  • hucky01

    If things continue as they are, it won't be McCarthy that will get the gavel, but a Democrat... Hopefully not Pelosi either.

  • Red Hawk

    Ryan chickened out because he knew not only would Democrats take the House in November, but Randy Bryce would have taken Ryan out of the House altogether. Besides McCarthy could lose his seat as well