McCarthy gives Boehner a 'B-' as Speaker

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCongress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall Bret Stephens: Would love to see Hannity react when Dem declares climate change emergency MORE (R-Calif.) late Tuesday gave Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word Left flexes muscle in immigration talks MORE (R-Ohio), whom he hopes to succeed as Speaker, a "B-" grade for his tenure leading House Republicans.


"I think John Boehner deserves a B-," McCarthy said during an appearance on Fox News's "Hannity" program, prompting host Sean Hannity to lament, "Oh, come on."

"Now look, you may disagree with me — he won a majority, we've got the highest margin we ever had before, we lowered the deficit ... but you know what? There is a lot more," McCarthy said.

"We passed 300 bills this year. But you look to the Senate — they haven't moved," he added.

During the Fox interview, Hannity prefaced his question about the grade by noting that the national debt has increased $4 trillion during Boehner's tenure.

"Sean, I came here one year ago. Let's see what we've been able to do. When I came into office, our deficit was running each year at $1.4 trillion. Now it's about $400 billion," McCarthy said.

McCarthy is moving quicklyto lock up support as the front-runner to replace Boehner, who announced Friday he would step down from his position and resign from Congress Oct. 30.

Hannity said that Boehner had not taken his calls for the past couple years, prompting McCarthy to pledge that if he becomes Speaker, he would appear on "Hannity" once a month or more.