Hannity: Speaker Not ‘the Job’ for Ryan
Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity doesn’t believe that Rep. Paul Ryan should become the next House Speaker.
Ryan “is probably one of the nicest men you’ll ever meet, but I don’t think that’s the job for him,” Hannity told USA Today.
“You ended up getting rid of Boehner, you ended up getting rid of McCarthy. … The dumbest thing you should do is stop there. Get the speaker that you want — work to get somebody that will fight the fight that you are looking to engage in,” he said, according to the newspaper.
The Hill reports:
Many Republicans have urged Ryan, who chairs the powerful Ways and Means Committee, to run for Speaker after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) dropped out last week.
McCarthy, fresh into his bid to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), sparked criticism last month for suggesting the House panel investigating the Benghazi attacks was politically charged.
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee,” McCarthy said during an interview with Hannity on Fox News.
“What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable,” McCarthy continued.
After dropping out last week, McCarthy said his comments on the Benghazi Select Committee weren’t “helpful.”
Hannity told USA Today on Monday that he thought the controversy over McCarthy’s remarks “was way overblown.”
“I thought that it may be inarticulate, the comment that he made, but Benghazi should have been looked at. … This warrants an investigation on every level,” Hannity added.
Another prominent conservative radio host, Hugh Hewitt, has taken another tact.
Hewitt said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he hopes Ryan changes his mind and runs, blasting the House Freedom Caucus for not getting behind him.
“The Freedom Caucus is like 15 people,” Hewitt said of the group, which contends it has around 40 members. “Paul Ryan is liked by 225 Republicans. Get with the program.”
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