McCarthy signals GOP workload after elections: Economy, border, and investigations

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens to President Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 (RNC video screenshot)

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens to President Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 (RNC video screenshot)

Ever since Joe Biden moved into the White House the nation has been under the effective control of Democrats.

The results?

“Inflation, open borders, unsafe communities, and a supply chain where products are scarce,” according to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the GOP leader in the House.

What voters need to consider before the 2022 midterms, he said, is whether they want “something that’s going to make our economy stronger, our streets safer, our border secure, and the next century the American century?”

The comments were part of McCarthy’s hour-long interview with Breitbart on the subject of what the GOP can offer Americans, given a majority in Congress.

His plan is a “Commitment to America,” and not only takes aim at what is perceived widely as Democrat failures, but also includes a plan for what he wants his party to accomplish.

Some specifics he discussed include a “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” plans to secure the border and for holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for the coronavirus pandemic,” the Breitbart report explained. Also, “Republicans’ public safety vision to contrast with Democrat pushes to defund police, energy policies, and perhaps most importantly economic policies to stop inflation.”

He continued, “We’ll secure the border. We’ll stop the inflation and runaway spending. We’ll make your streets safe because we don’t defund the police. We fund police. We stop this releasing everybody out on bail. You’ll find we’ll make America energy independent. We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again. When we do that your gasoline price will lower and your home heating price this winter, which is going up 50 percent, will be lower. And you know what? More Americans will have jobs because of it. These are just a few of the things we’re rolling out.”

Republicans need to flip just a handful of seats to take the majority in the House, and put Nancy Pelosi, if she still is there, in the minority.

In the Senate, a switch of a single seat would make that change, but the GOP has more seats up for election in 2022 than Democrats.

He suggested the early assessments for the congressional races bode well for the GOP. Part of that is a long list of retirements among Democrats in the House – dozens at the last count.

And he noted the dismal approval ratings of both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, as low as the 30s.

“Any time the presidential approval is below 50, that party is in trouble. All those things are lining up, and so what that means is there is an opportunity here. But there’s something different, it’s almost like a perfect storm and it probably won’t happen again for another 50 years where you have the party in power with a small majority for the first time in a hundred years of five seats, they just won the White House so history says they should lose seats, the generic ballot where it is, and redistricting. Redistricting doesn’t matter for the Senate, it only matters for the House and they only do it once every ten years—once a decade. They’re doing it this year. So there is a really good chance if this election cycle holds and Republicans win, we might be able to have a conservative majority for 10 years and hold it because they’re not going to change the lines,” he explained.

“This is what the viewers have to understand. Republicans should be in the majority today. But [Eric] Holder and [Barack] Obama went out and raised money and sued, and they were able to flip more than the five seats of the majority we don’t have today by making North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and other states run in new lines. They tried to go utilize politics in redistricting instead of empowering the people.”

There are other factors, too, he warned.

“We’re watching people switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. We’re watching that in the polling when you look at the Hispanic support for Democrat or Republican it’s even for the first time. So you’ve got like Derrick Van Orden in Wisconsin who ran against Ron Kind—former Navy SEAL, and Ron Kind retired. You look at across the country the recruits we have you’ll find they’re more fired up because they’re watching the country change before their eyes based upon this one-party rule with the Democrats.”

Another factor is what’s actually happening to the country, and do voters like what they see?

“Our borders are open, we now have inflation created by them on their first bill, we got crime in our streets based off them defunding police, all these principles that they have. We’ve got gas prices going off the roof and a president who looks to OPEC to solve these problems while he cuts American jobs and America’s ability to be energy independent. We proved we can do that by lowering the price. All these challenges that American families have today, the struggles, were all created by this one-party rule and we can change all that in less than a year,” he said.

And there’s COVID.

“And Joe Biden’s presidency started with three vaccines,” McCarthy said. “Put it apples to apples: Joe Biden said in his debate that if anyone was president and he gave a number of the number of deaths should no longer be president. He has surpassed that number. He has had vaccines, which I think is tremendous we are even with American ingenuity to even be able to creates vaccines not one but three in that amount of time with the amount of testing we did and everything else. President Trump deserves a lot of credit for that. Here, Joe Biden walks into a presidency with vaccines able to provide to the American public and he has more deaths and doesn’t have a game plan.”

And he suggested there will be investigations.

“We’re also going to hold this administration accountable. In the minority, we don’t have subpoena power. In the majority, there are a lot of places that we have an accountability project,” he said. “The first thing we’re going to hold this administration accountable for is what really happened in Afghanistan. Who knew what when and where? How many Americans are still left there? What equipment was left behind? The knowledge so this never happens again.”

Second, he wants to hold China accountable for COVID.

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