George Stephanopoulos Predicts Chaos From McCarthy’s Speakership. His Republican Guests Aren’t Having It.

Newly elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy holds the gavel after he was elected on the 15th ballot at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 7, 2023. - Kevin McCarthy's election to his dream job of speaker of the US House of Representatives was secured through a mix of bombproof ambition, a talent for cutting deals and a proven track record of getting Republicans what they need.
He only won election as speaker after they forced him to endure 15 rounds of voting -- a torrid spectacle unseen in the US Capitol since 1859. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Specifically, Stephanopoulos seemed to take issue with three concessions McCarthy made: a proposed rule allowing a single member to make a motion to vacate the Speaker’s chair, a budget that stops the debt ceiling from increasing; and placing Freedom Caucus members on key committees.
  • Stephanopoulos kept up the negative tone in interviews with Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) and House Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA). But both of the Republicans swatted him down.
  • First, Stephanopoulos tried to corner Perry on the idea that the United States would default on its debt without a debt limit increase and that President Joe Biden was unwilling to negotiate.

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