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Fiscal Cliff (2013)

Rightist House faction is unsure Paul Ryan is conservative enough to be speaker

WASHINGTON �� While some Republicans see Rep. Paul Ryan as the "last hope" to become House speaker and restore order to the fractured GOP congressional delegation, an influential faction of hard-liners is not convinced that he is conservative enough.tmpplchld The movement to portray Ryan, R-Wis., as not far enough to the right began almost immediately after Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., dropped his candidacy and Ryan's name was floated.tmpplchld The struggle between House Republican pragmatists and the 35 to 40 hard-liners in the House Freedom Caucus is not about ideology, it's about tactics. Ryan has not advocated using the scorched-earth tactics the hard right...