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McCarthy says ‘placeless’ Republicans can’t compete midterm in 2022

House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) voiced confidence in Republicans regaining control of the House in next week’s midterm elections, saying there’s “no place” they can’t compete.

“We never take anything for granted, but I feel good because of the quality of candidates we have from Rhode Island to New Hampshire, from Connecticut to Oregon to Washington to Arizona to California,” said McCarthy. “There’s no place where we can’t compete, and that’s what’s exciting.”

The House Minority Leader made the remarks in a Nov. 3 interview with Fox News in Boston, where he campaigned for Karoline Leavitt, a 25-year-old reporter from Trump to the White House. First-time candidate Leavitt is taking on Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas to represent her hometown in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

Karoline Leavitt at the Saddle Up Saloon, Kingston, New Hampshire, on Nov. 3, 2022. (Apprentice Liu/The Epoch Times)

With the midterm elections less than a week away, Republicans are favored to take control of the House, necessitating a net gain of five seats.

McCarthy, who would become the next speaker if Republicans win the chamber, criticized Democrats’ policies on a number of issues, including inflation, energy and the border and fentanyl crisis. Democrats’ energy policies and out-of-control spending, McCarthy said, are driving energy prices skyrocketing.

“When you look at where Democrats are spending money, they’re spending money where Biden won in 2020,” he told Fox News. “And the real issue here is why are we seeing these things? These are the policies and actions the Democrats have taken – their $10 trillion overspending, inflation, their attack on the energy industry that have driven up gas prices, and the people are worried about home heating this winter.

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U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks on the east steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sept. 29, 2022. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

McCarthy and House Republicans unveiled a plan in late September, dubbed their “Commitment to Americadetailing the actions his team would take if they gained control of the House. The agenda includes policies to tackle access to late-term abortions over other policy options, reduce crime, support the energy industry, curb inflation, secure the US-Mexico border and to minimize illegal immigration, among other objectives.

The plan recalls former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s 1994 ‘Deal with America’, which helped the GOP win a House majority for the first time in 40 years and catapulted Gingrich to office. of president.

Under the GOP plan, McCarthy said America would be heading in “a new direction.”

“Republicans have a plan that will put America in a new direction, one that will strong economy to fight inflation and make it energy independent, so you can fill your gas tank and still have money,” McCarthy told Fox News. “Most importantly, you’ll know where your hard-earned taxes are being spent, and we’ll eliminate waste.”

It is widely predicted that the Democrats will lose their grip on the House, which also follows historical trends in the midterm elections. The Nov. 1 Cook Political Report changed its rating in ten House races in favor of Republicans, all of which were won by President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Amy Walter, editor of the Cook Political Report, said predicted on October 27 that the Democrats are likely to lose 20 seats see more.

Jeff Louderback contributed to this report.

Dorothee Li


Dorothy Li is an Epoch Times reporter based in Europe.