Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy to succeed him as speaker

Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy to succeed him as speaker

"We all think that Kevin is the right person", Ryan said to NBC's Meet the Press in an interview excerpt released Friday and set to air in full Sunday.

Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican and prominent member of the libertarian-leaning House Freedom Caucus, has also said he was open to becoming speaker.

Ryan's support for the California congressman comes just days after Ryan announced he'd retire in January. While Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, has said repeatedly he wouldn't challenge McCarthy in a head-to-head race, a leadership source told CNN earlier this week that Scalise's intention was to be ready if McCarthy couldn't garner the votes.

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"We have made a huge positive difference in people's lives, and people are more confident as a result of it", Ryan said.

In this February 6, 2018, photo, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., joined at right by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., talks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. "This leadership team has done that, and so I really do envision a more seamless transition, versus say the time when I came in".