House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has said he will bet in his own home that Republicans will take over the House of Representatives in mid-term 2022.
Speaking at a roundtable at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., Mr McCarthy told an enthusiastic crowd, “We’re going to get the majority back, we’re at five seats! I’d bet my home … my personal home, don’t tell my wife but I would bet it. “
He added: “Look, do you want to remove Nancy Pelosi? Do you want to end socialism in this country? Win the house – five seats. That’s the smallest majority Democrats have had in 100 years.”
Mr McCarthy gave former President Trump credit for Republican House wins in the 2020 election.
He said: “This is the first time since 1994 that no incumbent Republican has lost. We have beaten 15 Democrats. And you know who the 15 Democrats have lost to? Conservative women and conservative minorities, each of them? ‘between them.
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“Even when President Trump was sick with Covid … he would do these rallies over the phone for every district and he would turn on the candidate and then he would talk and he would vote and it was a shock because everyone in the polls was saying that we would lose, but on election day the voters said “no, there is a new way”.
McCarthy didn’t say much about Trump at his CPAC roundtable, other than crediting him for Republicans winning House seats last November. pic.twitter.com/jzyartRYb4
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 27, 2021
In 2020, Republicans won in the House but are still in the minority. They lost the White House and, after two January finals in Georgia, they also lost control of the Senate (which currently has a 50/50 split between Republicans and Democrats, including independents in the Democratic caucus, with Kamala Harris in case of a tie. Vote).
Mr McCarthy’s praise for the 45th President comes as Mr Trump is due to speak on CPAC on Sunday and reports indicate he is not too happy with the Republican House leader. Three people close to the former president told Politico he was once again suspicious of Mr McCarthy.
Some of his advisers believe that Mr. Trump’s private criticism of Mr. McCarthy has become so frequent that he could make it public. This despite their meeting in Mar-A-Lago in late January to patch things up after Mr. McCarthy criticized Mr. Trump for his actions on January 6, the day of the riot on Capitol Hill.
In an interview with The Washington Post In mid-November after the election, Mr McCarthy guaranteed Republicans would regain a majority in 2022, describing their 2020 gains as victories.
He said: “We have never been stronger in the sense of what the future holds, we have never been in a stronger position. We won this by adding more people to the party. And we won it in an atmosphere where we were the only group that everyone guaranteed we would lose. And we won.
Now, not only does he guarantee a return to majority in 2022, but he also says he would bet his house on it.
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