House GOP fight begins: Jordan challenges McCarthy

Conservative Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump House panel advances bill to create cybersecurity standards for government IT devices MORE (R-Ohio) announced his bid for House minority leader on Wednesday, challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe case for congressional pay raises McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' 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 RyanIndiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Indiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Inside Biden's preparations for first debate MORE after the Wisconsin Republican announced his retirement. 

Jordan has been one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE's staunchest allies on Capitol Hill, frequently slamming the Justice Department and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's probe into Russian election meddling, which Trump has called a "witch hunt." 

He and Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsRep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump House Oversight votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt 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