Paul Ryan endorses Kevin McCarthy as his successor for speaker

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., endorsed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for speaker Friday, a move likely intended to clear the field and make way for his top deputy.

“We all think that Kevin is the right person,” Ryan said to NBC’s Meet the Press in an interview excerpt released Friday and set to air in full Sunday.

McCarthy ran for speaker in 2015 but dropped out at the last minute when it became clear he didn’t have the votes. Some conservative House members were unhappy with him. But this time will be different, Ryan said, because “what’s changed is we have gotten a lot done.”