The California lawmaker outlined his vision for the GOP-controlled House on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” just hours after announcing his widely expected bid to replace Speaker John Boehner.
“I want to fundamentally change the culture of Washington. … We’ve been governing by crisis,” the 50-year-old McCarthy said. “I want to find the most conservative solution I can find.”
Boehner abruptly resigned last week amid pressure from the House’s most conservative members, a situation that McCarthy will likely inherit.
Whether McCarthy gets the votes from those roughly 25 to 30 members remains unclear. But he is expected to have enough votes to clear the 218-vote threshold when the 434 members cast their ballots.