Boehner dismisses far-right replacement for Ryan: 'They know they can’t win'

Boehner dismisses far-right replacement for Ryan: 'They know they can’t win'
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Former House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA time for war, a time for peace — and always a time to defend America Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats MORE (R-Ohio) in a new interview dismissed the possibility that a member of the deeply conservative House Freedom Caucus could replace Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanEsper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Latinos say they didn't benefit from Trump tax cuts — here's why Conservative commentator rips Trump's signature tax overhaul: 'It was a big mistake' MORE (R-Wis.), who announced his retirement on Wednesday.

“They know they can’t win,” BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA time for war, a time for peace — and always a time to defend America Esper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Soleimani killing deepens distrust between Trump, Democrats MORE told The Columbus Dispatch. “So I’m sure that’s not going to happen.”

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Boehner, who retired from Congress in October of 2015, said he thinks House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCalifornia sues Trump administration over fracking Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (R-Calif.) is “in the No. 1 spot” to succeed Ryan. McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' Republicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night MORE (R-La.) are both viewed as leading contenders for the speakership if Republicans keep the House in November's midterm elections.

Meanwhile, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsRepublicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles Trump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers MORE (R-N.C.) told reporters on Wednesday that the race for Ryan's replacement will be "decided" before the November midterms.

Ryan on Wednesday announced he would retire form Congress at the end of his current term, a decision that comes as House Republicans face a tough fight to retain control of the chamber.

"If I am here for one more term my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad. I just can't let that happen. So I will be setting new priorities in my life," said Ryan.

Boehner in a statement on Ryan’s retirement commended the Speaker for his work on budgets and tax reform. 

“I admire Paul for his service, appreciate his friendship, and look forward to spending some time with him as a private citizen in the not-too-distant future,” Boehner said.