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Ryan Says He's Glad Scalise Sees McCarthy as Next House Speaker

Ryan Says He's Glad Scalise Sees McCarthy as Next House Speaker

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), are the clear frontrunners in this contact.

"Right now, we all need to be focused on getting our job done, getting our economy back on track, working with [President] Trump to continue on the progress we've made, and then make sure we hold the majority", said Scalise in a statement.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), (center), speaks to the media while flanked by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), (right), and House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise (R-LA) (left), after a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill, on March 6, 2018 in Washington, DC.

"I was encouraged that Scalise this morning said that he thinks after the election that Kevin McCarthy ought to be the person to replace me after the elections", Ryan told the press at his weekly news conference.

"I've never run against Kevin, and wouldn't run against Kevin", the Louisiana Republican said Thursday morning on Fox News.

Axios reported Wednesday that Ryan told confidants that he wouldn't be running again, and that Scalise could be a likely candidate to fill the role.

Ryan announced on Wednesday that he would not be seeking reelection come November, but maintained that he would stay in the House through the midterm elections.

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If Scalise can help advance that mission as speaker of the House, it would benefit Louisiana - and America.

Even before House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he will not seek reelection, speculation was swirling about Ryan's replacement.

Meadows said McCarthy has been "reaching out, trying to keep his promises to a number of members of the House Freedom Caucus that will serve him well in whatever race should he throw his hat in the ring". Those conservatives are also going to demand more say in the House agenda and will leverage their votes to achieve that, the Republican said.

Noble as it is for Ryan not to run off, rank and file House Republicans likely will force his hand to step down much sooner than that, Axios reports.

But that scenario depends on Republicans keeping their majority in the US House of Representatives this Fall. Members need certainty and they don't want to operate until November in a climate where every move from every member of leadership is viewed through the prism of jostling for the speakership.

Cole and Republican Conference Vice Chairman Doug Collins of Georgia are both said to be making plays for top committee posts, but are not being ruled out for other jobs.