McCarthy Says Paul Ryan Would Be A ‘Fantastic’ House Speaker

October 8, 2015 4:46 p.m.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told NBC reporter Luke Russert on Thursday that he “hopes” former vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) runs for House speaker.

Ryan has repeatedly said that he does not want to run for the position, John Boehner (R-OH) has been planning to vacate at the end of the month.

McCarthy was a favorite to win the job, but he dropped out of the running on Thursday right before House Republicans were to vote for a nomination.

Russert tweeted the comments from McCarthy:

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