The 'Young Guns' Are Here: Cantor, Ryan, McCarthy Hit Media Tour

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The "Young Guns" are here: House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Budget Committee Ranking Member Paul Ryan, and National Republican Congressional Committee recruitment chair Kevin McCarthy are posing themselves as "the leader," "the thinker," and "the strategist" in a new book the three have released today, pitching the co-authored "Young Guns: The Next Generation of American Leaders" in a media tour that began this morning with a stop on NBC's "Today":

Released Sept. 14, the 191-page paperback was penned jointly by House Republican leaders Eric Cantor of Virginia, Kevin McCarthy of California, and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The book lays out broad conservative talking points and tackles Democrats on health care legislation, taxes, and social security. It makes little to no mention of fellow Republican heavy-hitters John Boehner (R-OH) and Mike Pence (R-IN), instead showcasing "young, reform-minded Republicans" as the key to overhauling Washington.

The congressmen founded the book's namesake organization, Young Guns, during the 2007-2008 election cycle. By the end of Aug. 2010, the National Republican Congressional Committee's associated program, which recruits and assists congressional hopefuls to "build a foundation for victory," showcased more than fifty conservatives - of all ages - with "young gun" status.

"We were fired in 2006, and part of what this is about, Young Guns, is finding candidates that will run on ideas, and actually solve problems using conservative beliefs," McCarthy, who is the chief recruiter for House Republican candidates, told NBC's TODAY Show Tuesday morning. "I think that's one of the fundamental differences you'll find in this election."

Read the full story from Fox News. See the book cover and description on the Barnes & Noble site. It's a clear effort by these three lawmakers to raise their profiles and promote their brand of House leadership...which could, one easily surmises, get pitted against Minority Leader John Boehner if Republicans take over the House and Cantor runs for Speaker. The Washington Post's Perry Bacon, Jr. reports that Cantor is disavowing a "power grab" with the new book.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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