EXCLUSIVE: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says Republicans will move America in a “new direction” toward a “future built on freedom” if they win control of the House, adding in an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital that ” is no place”. “Republicans cannot compete on November 8th.
At a campaign stop in Boston for Karoline Leavitt, the Republican candidate running for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, McCarthy, R-Calif., said he is confident the GOP will take back power in the House because of the candidates who runs this cycle.
“The one thing you always have to remember is that majorities are not given – they are earned,” he said. “We never take anything for granted, but I feel good because of the quality of the candidates we have, running from Rhode Island to New Hampshire to Connecticut to Oregon to Washington to Arizona to California.”
He added: “There’s nowhere we can’t compete and that’s what’s exciting.”
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The Fox News Power Rankings forecast this week expects Republicans to take control of the House with a 19th–seat majority or 236 mandates in total. That’s a gain of 23 seats compared to the number they have in Congress today. The forecast predicts that the Republican message on the economy and crime will resonate with voters, creating a close race in the Senate.
“When you look at where the Democrats are spending money, they’re spending money where Biden won in 2020,” McCarthy said. “And the real issue here is, why are we seeing these things? It’s the policies and the actions that the Democrats have taken — their $10 trillion overspending, inflation, their attacks on the energy industry, which has driven up gas prices, and people are concerned for home heating this winter.”
“We see their attacks on defunding the police, crime, fentanyl, how they handled the border, and then we just saw no accountability for what’s going on,” McCarthy continued.
McCarthy, who could become speaker of the House if Republicans deliver big victories Tuesday night and take back the majority of the chamber, said the Republican “Commitment to America” plan “really resonates with the American people.”
“The Republicans have a plan that will set America in a new direction — one that will make the economy strong enough to deal with inflation and make it energy independent so you can fill up your gas tank and still have money left over,” he said. “A nation that is strong and secures your border and funds the police and makes sure your streets are safe for a future built on freedom. One that gives parents a Bill of Rights so you can have a say in your children’s education, and a government held accountable, so you know where the COVID originated, you’ll know why the DOJ is going after parents simply because they want to hold a school board meeting.”
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“But more importantly, you will know where your hard-earned tax dollars are being spent and we will eliminate the waste,” he added.
McCarthy’s exclusive interview with Fox News Digital in Boston came after a stop in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he campaigned for GOP candidate Lisa Scheller, who is running for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District. McCarthy also traveled to New York’s 19th Congressional District on Wednesday to support Mark Molinaro.
McCarthy has increased his presence on the campaign trail with less than a week to go before voters cast their ballots. This week McCarthy is holding campaign events in nine states and Washington DC. He was joined this week by the chair of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel.
Before November 8, McCarthy and McDaniel will travel to Illinois, Florida, Texas and Virginia and spend Election Day in Washington, DC
Since the August recess began, McCarthy has held campaign events in support of GOP candidates in 39 states plus DC, making campaign events with 170 members and candidates.
McCarthy first introduced the Republicans’ “Commitment to America” to Fox News in March, saying the GOP has the “opportunity” to “change the course of where America is today” and strengthen it for the next century.
During the interview on Wednesday, McCarthy laid out his plans should he take up the gavel as Speaker of the House.
“On the very first day, we will repeal the 87,000 new IRS agents because we believe the government should be there to help you, not to go after you,” McCarthy said. He was referring to a provision in the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act, which Biden signed into law in August, that would provide an $80 billion boost to the IRS over a 10-year period, with more than half of the funds intended to help the agency . crack down on tax evasion by hiring tens of thousands of agents that would more than double the agency’s current size.
“We will become energy independent and focus on energy in America to make the cost of gas less, the cost of home heating less, to make America stronger and the world safer,” McCarthy said. “We want to secure our border, we want to make sure we don’t defund the police, but we want to fund the police.”
“We’re going to go after the inflation that the Democrats have created,” he said. “We will pass a Parents’ Bill of Rights so parents have a say in their children’s education, and then we will hold government accountable so people have a say in how their money is spent, and we will eliminate waste.”
President Biden gave a speech just a stone’s throw from the US Capitol on Wednesday night when he blasted “MAGA Republicans” and urged Democrats to show up at the polls on Election Day or “allow the dark forces that thirst for power” to destroy the American democracy. .
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“We are facing a defining moment,” Biden said. “We must speak with one overwhelming, united voice as a country and say there is no place for voter fraud or political violence in America.”
“It is estimated that more than 300 [GOP] Voters are on the ballot across America this year,” Biden said. “This is not about me … It’s about the durability of our democracy.”
McCarthy criticized Biden for “dividing the nation instead of uniting at a time when we need to unite,” saying Biden “is doing it because he can’t talk about the policies where people are hurting.”
“I think the president has disappeared, so maybe in six days he’s going to get a very big wake-up call to focus on the issues that the American public needs and deserves,” McCarthy said.
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“People are looking for a check and balance because they’ve seen what the one-party government has done,” he continued. “Democrats are overzealous, their wasteful spending, their lack of listening and their lack of focus on the needs of the American people.”
McCarthy said Biden “doesn’t respect people with different opinions.”
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Before the speech, McCarthy said “the interesting thing is nobody wants him in their district and now he’s on TV,” referring to Democratic candidates across the nation who have opted out of campaigning with the president, who has an approval rating of 33%. .
“This country needs solutions. It needs healing. And it needs a unifier,” McCarthy said, adding that Biden is “just focusing on the wrong issues instead of focusing on what the American people are asking .”