McCarthy hears voice echo on 'Cards'

Remember that famous line in the Netflix series “House of Cards” when House Majority Whip Frank Underwood tells members of his caucus to “Vote your conscience, vote your district, just don’t surprise me?”

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Well, the real House majority whip, Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), said Sunday that that was his voice speaking through Kevin Spacey’s character.

On “Fox News Sunday,” McCarthy told Chris Wallace that when Kevin Spacey first asked to shadow him to prepare for the role, he initially thought about turning him down. But when McCarthy found out Spacey was going to play a Democratic politician, he immediately warmed to the idea.

“The only thing I told him is I tell the members vote your conscience, vote your district, just don’t surprise me,” said McCarthy. “Because people come here, they should represent their district, they should represent their philosophies, that should be the power of the ideas in Washington.”

Other than that, McCarthy told Wallace “pretty much none” of his personality is cast in Spacey’s character -- a brutal, devious and sometimes murderous politician that rapidly ascends the political ladder in Washington.

McCarthy says he has joked that it would be easier to whip if he killed political opponents like Underwood does in the show. He was immediately texted by seven GOP House members who asked if they’d be on his hit list, McCarthy added.

“We are all conservatives, the only thing we battle over are tactics, not ideology,” he said. “Some want to get there faster than others but there is so much more that divides us in the philosophy of Obama and big government.”

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