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 won't seek re-election

  Paul Ryan won't seek re-election House Speaker Paul Ryan has told confidantes he is not seeking re-election and will soon announce his decision, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told CNN Wednesday. He is expected to address his decision in a closed-door GOP conference meeting Wednesday morning, the sources said.Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, has been in Congress since 1999 and became House speaker in 2015. Some of Ryan's close friends previously told CNN that he might leave office after the 2018 midterms.

There's already widespread support for Ryan among the party's mainstream and even among most conservatives — for instance, Rep. Boehner knew he had the support of the vast majority of his caucus, yet keeping enough of the far right to win a floor vote when he was being criticized for not

Report Boehner , Cantor dismiss rumors of Ryan exit MORE. Ryan , Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate in 2012 and a possible White House contender himself in 2020, knows he’ll need backing from a handful of far - right Freedom Caucus members if he wants to remain Speaker in the 115th

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's political career highlights, from vice presidential candidate to House speaker

  Paul Ryan's political career highlights, from vice presidential candidate to House speaker House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election in November. As his time in Congress comes to a close, here's a look back at the 48-year-old's political career.“I have given this job everything I had, and I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility,” said Ryan, as he announced he would not seek re-election on April 11. “This has been one of the two greatest honors of my life.

Boehner knew he had the support of the vast majority of his caucus, yet keeping enough of the far right to win a floor vote when he was being criticized for not fighting hard enough to defund Planned Parenthood would have been a difficult challenge. Ryan quickly clarified that he didn' t want to

Boehner no longer had the option of letting the hard right learn the hard way all over again. And he knows they cannot be allowed to control the House and represent the face of the GOP if the party Paul Ryan has the credibility to keep the Freedom Caucus in line. But you can ’ t remove a cancer with

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.

Trump cautioned to stay out of Speaker race: report .
President Trump is being cautioned by top advisers to not back a candidate in the race to replace retiring Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), ABC News reported.Trump reportedly wanted to endorse House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), but was asked to hold off from backing a lawmaker to replace Ryan.Vice President Pence and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway are among those cautioning Trump to stay out of the race, fearing it could complicate the competition and the president's relationship with the winner, according to ABC.

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