Tom DeLay Says Paul Ryan Would 'Make A Good Speaker' But Might Not Have The Votes04:25
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Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay speaks with media Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Houston after the highest criminal court in Texas refused to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against him. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling from the 3rd Court of Appeals tossing the 2010 convictions. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay speaks with media Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Houston after the highest criminal court in Texas refused to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against him. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling from the 3rd Court of Appeals tossing the 2010 convictions. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
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The Republican-led House continues to grapple with fallout from the House majority leader's withdrawal Thursday from the speaker race. There is now no clear favorite to be the next speaker of the House. California Rep. Kevin McCarthy stepped aside when it appeared he didn't have enough Republican votes to capture the speakership.

Conservative Republicans are pushing for Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to run, but Ryan has repeatedly said he is not interested. Previous House majorities - of both Republicans and Democrats - have had divisions, but nothing like this.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with former Congressman Tom DeLay, who was House majority leader from 2003 to 2005. DeLay says Congressman Paul Ryan would "make a good speaker," but might not have the votes.

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  • Tom DeLay, former congressman who represented Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1985 until 2006. He was House majority leader from 2003 to 2005. He tweets @tomdelay.

This segment aired on October 9, 2015.

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