Kevin McCarthy, the House Speaker Emeritus, has pledged unwavering support for Rep. Jim Jordan’s quest to become the next Speaker of the House
Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, is preparing for a crucial vote on Tuesday, although it appears he may lack the necessary votes to secure the position. Nevertheless, McCarthy, a Republican from California, expressed optimism about Jordan’s prospects.
Speaking on Fox News‘ “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy stated, “I think Jim Jordan can get there. I’m one who understands how difficult it is. I did walk in with more support during this time, but I believe at the end of the day, Jim can get there. I’m doing everything I can to help him become a speaker.”
McCarthy’s optimism marks a slight shift in tone from last week when House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) was pursuing the speakership. McCarthy had noted, “It’s possible, but it’s a big hill.” Scalise ultimately fell short of securing enough votes and withdrew from consideration.
Jordan won the party’s endorsement for Speaker in a 124-81 vote, following Scalise’s exit from the race. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Jordan during his competition against Scalise.
McCarthy himself was ousted as Speaker on October 3, 2023, in a coup led by eight Republicans, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Florida). While McCarthy has some allies who support his return to the race, Jordan is now the nominee for Speaker, and a vote is expected on Tuesday.
Jordan had previously suggested that a Speaker vote should only proceed when there is certainty about having 218 votes. However, with the pressure to move forward, a speakership vote is now likely on Tuesday, and Jordan aims to put holdouts on the spot in an attempt to gain their support. Some within the Republican Party have warned against a high-pressure campaign, as it may risk alienating moderate members. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) emphasized the need to avoid alienating potential supporters while endorsing Jordan’s bid for Speaker.