House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said in an interview that he is ready to lead as the Speaker in the lower chamber. McCarthy would potentially become the Speaker if Republicans manage to win the House in the upcoming midterm elections.
In a New York Magazine interview, McCarthy said that he is better prepared to be a speaker now than he had been in 2015. In 2015, the California Republican had dropped out of the running before the vote took place. This was a decision made after McCarthy had come under fire for alleging that the House Republicans’ investigation into the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was politically driven.
At the time he had connected the investigation to Hillary Clinton’s poll performance. Clinton had served as the secretary of State during the attack. In 2016 she became the Democratic nominee for president.
McCarthy has previously faced challenges when it comes to winning leadership races, as more conservative lawmakers tend to pull ahead.
This time McCarthy has focused on forming a close relationship with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a Freedom Caucus founder and former chairman. He also talked about this during the interview calling Jim Jordan his “biggest advocate.”
According to a FiveThirtyEight forecast, the Republicans are expected to win the House over the Democrats. The current estimates place the chance of Republicans winning at 81 percent.
McCarthy told Punchbowl News previously that he thought he would be able to win the Speakership regardless of the seat majority.