5 Fallback Candidates For Speaker If McCarthy Steps Aside

  • 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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