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McCarthy says best way for GOP to fundraise is 'just let Nancy Pelosi and AOC talk'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight MORE (R-Calif.) said the key to his fundraising lies with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) and progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-N.Y.).

“The best way to raise money is just let Nancy Pelosi and AOC [Ocasio-Cortez] talk,” McCarthy said during an interview with Axios on HBO in which he discussed his record-breaking $103 million in funds raised during this election cycle.

When asked by journalist Mike Allen why Republicans respond so “vociferously” to Ocasio-Cortez, McCarthy responded by saying that the freshman congresswoman represents a power shift among lawmakers on the left.

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“She runs the floor,” he said. “That wing of the party, the socialist wing of the party, they are the new power of the Democratic party.”

When prompted as to if Ocasio-Cortez is more of a force than Pelosi, McCarthy said, “By far, by far. You watched on the floor. Legislation couldn't be passed unless AOC agreed with it.”

Democrats retained control of the House in the election last week but lost at least five seats after having been projected to grow the majority.