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Dan Webster gets a boost in bid for House speaker

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October

Rep. Dan Webster got a boost Wednesday in his bid to replace House Speaker John Boehner when the House Freedom Caucus endorsed him.

The group of hard-line Republicans helped push Boehner out and was not inclined to support Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Boehner's No. 2.

"Last night we had productive exchanges with all of the Speaker candidates," the group said in a statement. "We appreciated the opportunity to hear our colleagues' visions for how they would lead our Conference and the House. It is clear that our constituents will simply not accept a continuation of the status quo, and that the viability of the Republican Party depends on whether we start listening to our voters and fighting to keep our promises. We accordingly believe that, under the present circumstances and without significant changes to Conference leadership and process, Rep. Daniel Webster would be best equipped to earn back the trust of the American people as Speaker of the House. We will therefore vote for Rep. Webster in the Republican Conference election tomorrow.”

The election is at noon but the real fight is Oct. 29 when the full House votes.

The Freedom Caucus does not name its members, the Washington Post notes. "But it is believed to contain roughly 35 to 40 members. The group has pledged to vote as a bloc should more than 80 percent of its membership support a particular candidate."

[Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2015 9:40am]

    

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