California Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) spoke with Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Wednesday, telling him he is open to voting for a Republican who is willing to compromise with the left and crawl to President Biden but wouldn’t vote for Kevin McCarthy because he’s too far to the right.
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It is all but certain that Khanna will not get his wish as the Republicans who are looking to oust McCarthy want someone more conservative put in his place. If McCarthy eventually prevails, it will be because he makes concessions to conservatives, not Democrats. The House Minority Leader has failed in six votes so far to clinch the speakership.
“You heard about Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, where she’d entertain crossing party lines to get this thing resolved, presumably vote for Kevin McCarthy,” Cavuto stated at the beginning of the interview.
“Would you?” he bluntly asked Khanna.
“Neil, I would consider the right Republican, someone I could trust, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mike Gallagher, who actually spoke eloquently on the floor, David Joyce, but there needs to be two conditions,” Khanna noted and then detailed the kicker for the quid pro quo.
Hmmm…. Dem Rep. Ro Khanna (Calif.) tells Fox News: “I would consider the right Republican someone I could trust Brian Fitzpatrick, Mike Gallagher, who actually spoke eloquently on the floor”. You would think you would be talking to them about voting for Jeffries.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) January 5, 2023
Marcy Kaptur told a WaPo reporter she was open to working with the GOP in voting for McCarthy or another candidate as part of a moderate “unity caucus”. You may want to have a word with her about the meaning of the word “unified”.
— WhatDidIJustWatch (@MusingBaby) January 4, 2023
“One, you can’t have debt ceiling — the debt ceiling debate or shutdown as something that takes the country hostage. And, two, there would have to be some agreement on subpoena power,” he remarked.
Both conditions are non-starters for Republicans.
On @TeamCavuto, Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna said he might help elect a Republican speaker if it is the 'right kind' of Republican. Mentions Brian Fitzpatrick, Mike Gallagher. Two conditions: 1) can't use debt ceiling as weapon, and 2) some sort of deal on subpoena power.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 4, 2023
“But I’m open to a Republican who could work to put the interests of the American people first,” Khanna stated, actually meaning putting the interests of Democrats first.
“Is Kevin McCarthy one of them?” Cavuto asked.
“I couldn’t see myself at this point voting for Kevin McCarthy,” Khanna responded.
“I mean, he would have to come to our leader, Hakeem Jeffries, with the types of conditions that I have outlined. He doesn’t seem that — to want to do that. It seems like he’s going further to the right,” he pointed out.
It’s no different than if the GOP made a deal with the Devil.
— Ned Pepper (@NedPepper14) January 4, 2023
No true Republican or Conservative for that matter would ever support the modern Communistic version of Liberalism.
— Red2024 (@red02024) January 5, 2023
“But the people I mentioned probably would have a better chance with the Democratic Caucus,” Khanna contended. “But those overtures have to come from their side.”
“I think what people need to ask is, Kevin McCarthy had two months. It’s not like this election just happened a week ago. He had two months to figure this out,” Khanna commented during the interview. “If you can’t get the votes to be speaker, what about the tough times when it comes to averting a government shutdown or making sure that we don’t default on our debt? How are we going to lead in those moments?”
He disingenuously stated, “I don’t know if that will hurt their cause or help their cause. But I am open. I think we have to have a resolution to this. But if there are people like a Fitzpatrick or a Gallagher or David Joyce, and there may be others, who say, look, I want to govern, look and be inspired by what President Biden is doing with Mitch McConnell right now. They’re working together.”
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Khanna was also adamant that he could not support Byron Donalds (R-Fla.)
“It has to be someone who has trust that they’re going to put the American people’s agenda first and be willing to compromise, be willing to work with this president,” he said.
Not one House Democrat has strayed from presumptive Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who has amassed 212 votes during the six rounds of voting for the speakership. Some Democrats are considering cutting a deal with Republicans to end the impasse but there are always strings attached.
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