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Matt Salmon

McCarthy's pledge to conservatives: 'I'm not John Boehner'

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is making a promise to conservative Republican lawmakers — "I'm not John Boehner" — as he seeks their support to replace Boehner as speaker. McCarthy and his two Republican rivals for the job took turns meeting behind closed doors Tuesday night with a coalition of four groups comprising the most conservative House members. These are the lawmakers who forced Boehner, R-Ohio, to resign. Now, they are maneuvering to deny his No. 2, McCarthy, the chance to ascend unless he agrees to various demands. Yet after the meeting, the conservatives appeared unlikely to unite around any one candidate, giving McCarthy a chance to pick off...