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Why I Support Kevin McCarthy For Speaker

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Now that Speaker John Boehner is stepping down, the House of Representatives needs a principled leader who will work hard and get results.

That’s why I support Congressman Kevin McCarthy for speaker of the House.

I’ve known Kevin for more than a decade. From day one, we’ve worked closely to advance our conservative principles. I know the kind of man he is and the kind of leader he will be.

Kevin is exceptionally good at bringing people together. He doesn’t shy away from the important fights, and he knows how to win – with respect and civility that is often lacking in today’s politics.

He will bring his trademark collaborative style to the speakership as he sets the priorities of the Republican caucus. He’s also the best listener I know.

On the issues, Kevin has gotten results where others have failed. In 2008, Kevin pushed the Republican conference to promise an end to earmarks. In 2011, with a new majority, House Republicans kept that promise and made the ban a reality.

When the President sent a stimulus bill to Capitol Hill, Kevin rallied the conference to oppose it—unanimously.

When he was majority whip, he helped me pass four balanced budgets in a row.

Throughout his life, he has defended the sanctity of life. And he is a proud supporter of the Second Amendment.

As speaker, he will challenge the President’s failed foreign policy and work to strengthen America’s military.

Kevin’s record in Congress demonstrates a rare combination of principle, leadership, and effectiveness. I have no doubt that his experience and skills make him the best choice for Speaker.

Congressman Paul Ryan serves as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. He was first elected to Congress in 1999 and was a candidate for Vice-President in 2012.

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