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Ryan says Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy should be the next House Speaker

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House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy speaks next to House Speaker Paul Ryan at a news conference with Republican leaders after

After Ryan voiced his support for McCarthy to be the next Speaker, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if the president agreed.

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.

According to sources, the California representative told the President he wants the job.

"I fully anticipate handing the gavel over to the next speaker of the House after this term, and I think Kevin's the right guy to step up".

McCarthy ran for speaker in 2015 but dropped out at the last minute when it became clear he didn't have the votes.

Ryan announced this week he will not seek re-election this fall in his Wisconsin district.

Neither McCarthy nor Scalise have yet declared their intentions, though both men have been jockeying behind the scenes for the top spot in the House GOP conference.

Ryan said he believes there will be a "seamless transition" from him to the next speaker. Ryan said he wished to spend more time with his family in Janesville, Wis. He said he will remain speaker through 2018, although some Republicans, anxious they will lose their House majority during the 2018 mid-term elections, want to pick a new speaker sooner.

So far McCarthy is only saying there isn't a race for Speaker yet.

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