5 Fallback Candidates For Speaker If McCarthy Steps Aside

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) holds his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. In the wake of remarks by President Donald Trump that he would accept compromising information about a political opponent from a foreign power, McCarthy said that he would support legislation proposed by Democrats that would require people to report to the FBI if they are approached with offers of that information. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The most obvious contenders have disclaimed interest, but that didn’t stop former Speaker Paul Ryan, who didn’t want the job either at first. In 2015, Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, ultimately took the post after McCarthy withdrew his candidacy under pressure from conservatives.
  • A handful of House Republicans are in position to step in should McCarthy throw in the towel this time around.
  • Here’s a look at potential fallback candidates for speaker.

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