McCarthy Brings Down The House: ‘Our Nation Is Worth Fighting For’

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

  • After taking control of the gavel as the new House Speaker, California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy thanked his colleagues for their support and shared his vision for uniting the legislative body.
  • Alluding to the protracted vote for speaker, he said, “You know – my father always told me: It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. And now we need to finish strong for the American people.”
  • He closed his remarks by saying: “Our nation is worth fighting for. Our rights are worth fighting for. Our dreams are worth fighting for. Our future is worth fighting for.”

 

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