Kevin McCarthy warns Republicans opposing him not to ‘play games’, claims Dems could decide speaker

Republican House Minority Leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), is bluntly warning the five Republicans opposing him as Speaker of the House that if they “play games” with his ascension, Democrats could potentially wind up selecting the next speaker.

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“We’ve had a couple of these folks that say that they won’t vote for you on the show. When we ask them what they want. They list a couple rules, concessions that they want. And we say, well, if you get those concessions, will you vote for McCarthy, ‘Well, we’re not sure,’” Newsmax host Sean Spicer told McCarthy.

“Well, then who do you want your candidate to be? ‘We don’t know that.’ You know, one can’t one of those people suggested Jim Jordan, he supporting you, Marjorie Taylor Greene is supporting you, Donald Trump supporting you,” he continued.

Spicer then went on to elaborate on the fact that McCarthy apparently has overwhelming support from Republicans to lead the House going forward.

“You’ve raised, what, $500 million? Some of these people, you’ve actually funded their races. The thing that I don’t understand is I don’t envy your task. These folks aren’t giving you a target. I get your point. There’s no alternative. Everybody has voted for you. The conference has spoken. And as James Comer at the top of that clip said, you know, you’ve earned the opportunity. You were the quarterback, the coach that led them to the big game and won,” Spicer stated, leaning heavily on sports analogies.

“So the question is, going back to what Lindsay said. You’ve got five people that you’ve laid out all your cards out there. What is it that you are able to say to them that is going to change them at this point to get you 218?” he asked.

“Well, we have to listen, but you have to listen to everybody in the conference because five people on any side can stop anything when you’re in the majority. I think when you look at the past history, when Paul Ryan ran, he had more people vote against him in the conference and then they voted for him on the floor,” McCarthy recounted.

He went on to state that the GOP doesn’t have a lot of time to make up their minds here before making a decision. Being indecisive at this point could give Democrats the upper hand even though they are in the minority.

“We got five more weeks. We’re working through our conference rules today. We want to make sure that everybody has input, but we have to speak as one voice. We will only be successful if we work together or we’ll lose individually,” McCarthy asserted.

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“This is very fragile that we are the only stopgap for this Biden administration. And if we don’t do this right, the Democrats can take the majority. If we play games on the floor, the Democrats could end up picking who the speaker is,” he bluntly stated.

He went on to express that this should not be about politics, but about saving the country from the catastrophic policies of the Biden administration.

“So I think at the end of the day, calmer heads will prevail. We’ll work together to find the best path forward. And I believe at the end of the day, since I’ve been leader, all we’ve done is been able to gain seats. We have not lost seats,” McCarthy continued.

“We’ve won seats each and every time where the rest of the Republicans have lost. So I think at the end of the day, we’ll find the right path and we’ll make the American public proud of what we’re able to accomplish and turn this economy back around because we’re going to focus on the people, not on politics,” he concluded.

McCarthy can only lose four votes if the full 435-member House of Representatives votes for the next speaker. Currently, there are at least five Republicans standing against him, including Reps. Matt Gaetz (FL), Ralph Norman (SC), Andy Biggs (AZ), Bob Good (VA), and Matt Rosendale (MT), according to Fox News.

“House Republicans need a leader with credibility across every spectrum of the GOP conference in order to be a capable fighting force for the American people,” Gaetz declared according to the media outlet. “That person is not Kevin McCarthy.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has become one of McCarthy’s most vocal supporters and is warning that moderate Republicans could join Democrats and elect a compromise Speaker, according to The Hill. McCarthy detractors have dismissed that prospect as a red herring.

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