Pelosi ripped comments on weak GOP, as McCarthy cites strong new leaders in Sanders, Ciscomani
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., spoke about President Biden’s State of the Union and reactions to his speech.
On “The Story,” McCarthy reacted to remarks by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, regarding the speech and the state of her political opposition.
“I’ll say this. You’ll probably be shocked. I think the country needs a strong Republican Party,” Pelosi said earlier on MSNBC. “And they can’t. – It’s not that, and it’s not our judgment of what it should be – it’s their judgment. But it’s a missed opportunity for them.”
McCarthy disagreed, saying Pelosi’s statement is not an objective “judgment” as stated, but his opinion.
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“Americans thought something different because in the four years she was president, she lost seats in every election. We just won a majority 90 days ago when every other Republican entity lost,” did he declare.
“So I think we have a very strong Republican Party [that’s] much more varied.”
In this regard, he highlighted the official State of the Union response offered by Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the response in Spanish from Rep. Juan Ciscomani, R-Ariz.
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“I think this party is broader and represents more people with better ideas,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy then commented on the status of debt ceiling negotiations with the White House, nodding to Republicans’ fervent belief that there should be no across-the-board increases without cuts.
Anchor Martha MacCallum told McCarthy she was about to interview White House economic adviser Eugene Sperling and asked the speaker if the administration was likely to agree to GOP demands. in terms of cost reduction.
“Well, you have to. Otherwise there will be no increase in the debt ceiling,” he said.
“Look, we have four months to do this. Are you going to tell me you can’t find trash in Washington right now? I could point out hundreds of capacities. I had a great conversation with the president last time .week He said we continue to negotiate.
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“I think we can fix this well before the deadline, put a curve back down because our debt today in the next ten years will pay $8 trillion in interest alone. We’re sure that this debt is greater than our economy by 20 percent.”
If the two sides can’t find credits or expenses to cut for fiscal year 2024, they’re not trying hard enough, he said.
The president noted that no American can run their household with 1/5 more debt than their net worth, commenting that the federal government shouldn’t be allowed to do that either.