Kevin McCarthy

House Speaker Paul Ryan backs Kevin McCarthy, his No. 2, to lead House GOP

House Speaker Paul Ryan backs Kevin McCarthy, his No. 2, to lead House GOP

House Speaker Paul Ryan made clear Friday that he wants his current No. 2, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to take the helm of the House Republican Conference and potentially the speaker's gavel when Ryan leaves office in January.

"We all think that Kevin is the right person," Ryan, R-Wis., said during a taping of NBC's "Meet the Press" set to air Sunday.

But that is unlikely to be the last word on a GOP succession process that stands to play out over the course of months in a midterm election year.

Ryan reiterated Friday that any leadership election would wait until after the November elections, and his endorsement came hours after Rep. Jim...

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