Kevin McCarthy Announces Bid For House Speaker; Some Republicans Not On Board: Report

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05:  U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during his weekly news conference December 5, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. McCarthy discussed the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced a bid to unseat current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as the chamber’s top legislator.
  • Despite a weaker-than-expected red wave, Republicans appear poised to control the House of Representatives as votes for a handful of races continue to be counted.
  • “I am determined to ensure that this majority reaches its full potential. I will be a listener every bit as much as a Speaker, striving to build consensus from the bottom-up rather than commanding the agenda from the top-down,” he wrote.

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