Kevin McCarthy Trots Out ‘Meetings’ For Excuse Missing Pelosi Speech

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, walks to the podium to speak after he was nominated to be Speaker of the House at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on November 15, 2022. - Top US Republican Kevin McCarthy was chosen Tuesday as his party's leader in the House of Representatives -- putting him in prime position to become Speaker if his camp reclaims control of the chamber as expected. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was notably absent from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) speech announcing that she will step down from leadership in the next Congress, with the California Republican telling reporters that he “had meetings” at that time.
  • “I had meetings, but normally, the others would do it during votes — I wish she could have done that, I could have been there,” he told reporters shortly after the speech wrapped, adding that he didn’t watch any of it.

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