House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has issued a stark warning to his fellow Republicans. He wants them to know if they mess around with their votes for Speaker, and stage protest votes, it could give the Democrats the chance to elect the Speaker of the House.
“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 of rules and 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 said.
“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,” the host said.
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“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,” he said.
“So the question is, going back to what Lindsay said. You’ve got five people with that you’ve laid 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 said.
“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,” the minority leader said.