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Politics Boehner dismisses far-right replacement for Ryan: 'They know they can’t win'

20:22  11 april  2018
20:22  11 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Paul Ryan's retirement marks the end of the sunny conservative

  Paul Ryan's retirement marks the end of the sunny conservative Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement this morning that he will retire from Congress at the end of his term was a familiar scene. The year is different, the main character is different, the immediate circumstances are different, but the dramatic arc is identical: Paul Ryan was swallowed by the same forces that devoured Eric Cantor and John Boehner before him — the same forces that gave us Donald Trump. Ryan, the earnest Wisconsin lawmaker and former vice presidential candidate quite plausibly has tired of being a long-distance dad to his three teenaged children. At his announcement, he sang notes in the key of "Mission Accomplished.

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" They know they can ' t win ," Boehner told The Columbus Dispatch. Meanwhile, House Freedom Caucus Co-Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told reporters on Wednesday that the race for Ryan 's replacement will be "decided" before the November elections.

Paul Ryan, John Boehner are posing for a picture © Provided by The Hill

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new interview dismissed the possibility that a member of the deeply conservative House Freedom Caucus could replace Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who announced his retirement on Wednesday.

"They know they can't win," Boehner told The Columbus Dispatch. "So I'm sure that's not going to happen."

Boehner, who retired from Congress in October of 2015, said he thinks House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is "in the No. 1 spot" to succeed Ryan. McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) are both viewed as leading contenders for the speakership if Republicans keep the House.

Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy to be next House speaker

  Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy to be next House speaker House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday endorsed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to succeed him as House speaker when he steps down at the end of the year. In an interview with NBC, Ryan said that "we all think that Kevin is the right person.""I fully anticipate handing the gavel over to the next speaker of the House after this term and I think Kevin is the right guy to step up," Ryan stated.The endorsement follows Ryan's announcement earlier this week that he would not be seeking re-election."One of the reasons why I was comfortable making this decision is because we have a very capable leadership team," Ryan said.

Defying expectations, Boehner won the primary and gained the party’s support. That included help from Paul Ryan , a local college Republican who volunteered that fall. “I didn’ t know him,” Ryan says.

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Meanwhile, House Freedom Caucus Co-Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told reporters on Wednesday that the race for Ryan's replacement will be "decided" before the November elections.

Other prominent Freedom Caucus members include Co-Chairman Jim Jordan (Ohio) and GOP Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), David Brat (Va.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Raúl Labrador (Idaho) and Mark Sanford (S.C.).

Ryan on Wednesday announced he would retire form Congress at the end of his current term, a decision that comes as House Republicans face a tough fight to retain control of the chamber.

"If I am here for one more term my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad. I just can't let that happen. So I will be setting new priorities in my life," said Ryan.

Boehner in a statement on Ryan's retirement commended the Speaker for his work on budgets and tax reform.

"I admire Paul for his service, appreciate his friendship, and look forward to spending some time with him as a private citizen in the not-too-distant future," Boehner said.

McCarthy, Scalise are likely contenders for House speaker .
House Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement that he wouldn't be running for re-election in November has started the showdown over who'll replace him. But one thing is clear: If the showdown between California Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise for House speaker is a popularity contest, it will be tight.

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