During an interview on Sunday, Paul Ryan, who was the former House speaker, praised Kevin McCarthy, the current House Majority leader from California, for his ability to lead the Republican conference.
Despite his efforts to secure the necessary votes to become the next House speaker, McCarthy has encountered difficulties due to the opposition from members of the Freedom Caucus, such as Matt Gaetz of Florida and Andy Biggs of Arizona.
According to Ryan, if the Republicans have a slim majority, it would allow them to bring together all of their members. He served as the House speaker from 2015 to 2019.
The former House speaker noted that a narrow majority can serve as a unifying force. It allows members to understand that they have to work together to achieve their goals. However, he admitted that it would be challenging to lead the Republican conference.
Ryan also expressed his confidence in McCarthy's ability to lead the Republican conference. He noted that he expected the lawmaker to secure at least 216 votes on the House floor.
He noted that McCarthy was the right person to lead the Republican conference. He said that the lawmaker had the necessary skills to manage the group.
During an interview, Karl asked Ryan about McCarthy's relationship with the Freedom Caucus members, such as Georgia's Rep. Taylor Greene. The former House speaker noted that coalition building is a part of the job.
As the leader of the House, McCarthy has to lead a coalition government. He noted that members from more moderate areas, such as California and New York, are some of the people who have the most influence in the Republican conference.
Ryan noted that under McCarthy's leadership, the Republican conference would be working together as a coalition government. The former House speaker urged members to work together to achieve their goals.
A slim majority would make the Republicans unable to carry out their legislative agenda, according to Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger, who is currently serving on the House Committee on January 6, said that the party would be in a non-functional position after the current Congress.
With only a few races left to be decided, the Republicans are expected to have a majority of around 219 seats in the House. To take control of the chamber, they would need to secure at least 219 seats.
Ryan paid tribute to Nancy Pelosi, who was his successor as the House speaker. The California Democrat worked with American Enterprise Institute's Angela Rachidi on a book that discussed the importance of preserving the country's financial sector.
When she became the minority leader, Ryan served as the chamber's leader. After almost two decades in the position, she will step down as the head of the House Democratic Caucus.
Ryan praised the former House speaker for her service to the House and the country. He noted that she had an outstanding record during her time in office.
Despite their differences, Ryan praised the accomplishments of the first female speaker of the House.
He also paid tribute to Nancy's husband, Paul. Ryan said that he was sorry for what happened to them during the incident that occurred at their home in San Francisco.
Paul was attacked with a hammer, which caused him to suffer a fractured skull. He was able to fight back and was later released.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Wayne Dupree.