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After being ousted as speaker, GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy is unsure if he will be running for re-election again.
McCarthy said, “I got the holidays, I’ll talk to my family about the ideas of what going forward, and then I’ll make a decision.”
Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has not decided on a re-election bid in 2024.
Why it matters: The California Republican, who was ousted in a historic speaker removal last month, had previously said he would run for re-election.
What he’s saying: “I got the holidays, I’ll talk to my family about the ideas of what going forward, and then I’ll make a decision,” McCarthy said in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Manu Raju on Raju’s “Inside Politics” show.
“I want to make sure Speaker (Mike) Johnson was able to come into office. I wanted to make sure he had the resources and the need, whatever help I can provide,” McCarthy said.
A recent poll found that over a majority of likely voters think that Speaker Mike Johnson will be better in the job as Speaker than McCarthy.
The Washington Examiner reported:
America’s voters are giving new House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) the benefit of the doubt, believing that he will be better than any other House leader.
In the latest Rasmussen Reports daily survey shared with Secrets, 47% of likely voters said that they have a favorable opinion of the 56th speaker. That includes 63% of Republicans and 35% of Democrats.
Many also believe that he will be better in the job than ousted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, including 57% of Republicans.
Ron Bonjean, a GOP adviser and a former House and Senate leadership chief communicator, told us, “Voters like Speaker Johnson because he’s relatively unknown and doesn’t have the negative associations with Washington just yet. These ratings show just how much Americans are looking for new leadership to make Washington work instead of constantly being a dysfunctional body.”