House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has officially announced his bid for Speaker of the House; he made a pitch in a letter to his fellow Republicans on Wednesday as a GOP majority looked likely.
“Over the past century, Republicans had flipped the House from Democrats just four times: 1946, 1952, 1994 and 2010. Only twice did that flip occur in four years or less,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a letter to fellow Republicans.
“This was the most expensive and arguably the most competitive House midterm in America’s history,” the minority leader continued. “Yet in a hard-fought contest, our message and our candidates prevailed, winning key seats across the country, some in districts that President Biden carried just two years ago by double digits…. This is no small feat.”
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A GOP majority would likely be very thin, reducing McCarthy’s margin of error in a House speaker race, as well as when governing in a majority – just a few members defecting on a vote could stall key legislation.
But McCarthy argued he is up for the task of leading the House on behalf of Republicans.
“I trust you know that earning the majority is only the beginning. Now, we will be measured by what we do with our majority. Now, the real work begins,” he said. “That is why I am running to serve as Speaker of the People’s House and humbly ask for your support.”
“I will be a listener every bit as much as a Speaker, striving to build consensus from the bottom-up rather than commanding the agenda from the top-down,” McCarthy added. “That means putting the right people in the right spots and harnessing the power of our entire conference.”
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