House GOP fight begins: Jordan challenges McCarthy

Conservative Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRaskin embraces role as constitutional scholar Winners and losers from Mueller's initial findings Jordan: Mueller report should end congressional investigations into Trump MORE (R-Ohio) announced his bid for House minority leader on Wednesday, challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump plots post-Mueller payback Schiff says Dems to charge ahead with Trump investigations Winners and losers from Mueller's initial findings MORE (R-Calif.) hours after Democrats regained control of the lower chamber. 

"I plan to run for minority leader," Jordan told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"In 2016, the American people elected Republicans to come here and change this town. I think the president is doing just that, but I don't think they see the same intensity from folks in Congress, folks in the House of Representatives," he continued. 

"Have we replaced ObamaCare yet? Have we secured the border yet? Have we reformed welfare yet? No we haven't," he said. 

Jordan went on to slam current GOP leadership in the House, saying they were not willing to engage in debate with Democrats. 

"Now that we're in the minority, that's about all we can do is debate, but fight hard in the debate for the principles, for the things that we know the American people sent us here to do in 2016. Show them that we deserve to be back in power in 2020," he said. 

Jordan's comments come hours after he won his reelection bid in Ohio's 4th Congressional District against Democrat Janet Garrett. 

Earlier this year, Jordan, a co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, announced his bid to replace Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down MORE after the Wisconsin Republican announced his retirement. 

Jordan has been one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE's staunchest allies on Capitol Hill, frequently slamming the Justice Department and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russian election meddling, which Trump has called a "witch hunt." 

He and Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsOmar controversy looms over AIPAC conference Winners and losers from Mueller's initial findings Mueller delivers a win for Trump — Five Takeaways MORE (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, introduced articles of impeachment earlier this year against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller's probe. 

— Julia Manchester