Kevin McCarthy Gets Uncomfortable After Being Asked Why He’s Struggling

Kevin McCarthy Gets Uncomfortable After Being Asked Why He's Struggling

( – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) could be poised to take over from Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as speaker of the House. However, he’s not quite there yet; he has yet to secure the 218 votes required for appointment, as not every House Republican has committed to vote for him. McCarthy got short with CNN journalist Manu Raju who grilled him about the situation during a press conference.

Raju asked why McCarthy was struggling to come up with the required number of votes despite having met with members of the Freedom Caucus about the subject. Instead of answering the question, McCarthy cited his ongoing work on the spending bill and criticized Raju’s “inappropriate question.”

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), a member of the Freedom Caucus, has launched a challenge to McCarthy’s leadership in the House. Biggs claims he has around 25 lawmakers who will vote against McCarthy in the race for the next speakership.

As a new Congress takes effect, the major party elects a leader in the chamber, and the representatives all vote on a new speaker, with the majority party’s head typically winning with their colleagues’ backing. However, if Biggs’ challenge persists, McCarthy might have to rely on Democratic votes to prevail.

Do you think we’ll see Kevin McCarthy get his hands on the speaker’s gavel in 2023?

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