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McCarthy on choosing the next Speaker: 'I want it to be me'

McCarthy on choosing the next Speaker: 'I want it to be me'
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDemocrats to create select committee to probe Jan. 6 attack The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senators, White House to meet on potential infrastructure deal Defense contractors ramp up donations to GOP election objectors MORE (R-Calif.) on Wednesday touted himself as a possible next Speaker as Republicans push to hold onto control of the House in the November midterm elections.

"I want the next Speaker to come from California, I just don't want it to be [Democratic leader] Nancy [Pelosi]," McCarthy said during a speech at a conservative event in Washington. "I want it to be me."

McCarthy, whom retiring Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce MORE (R-Wis.) has endorsed to succeed him as Speaker next year, has been eyeing the position along with Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the current House majority whip, among others.

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The California Republican's comments Wednesday came while speaking at the High School Leadership Summit hosted by the conservative group Turning Point USA, a four-day event featuring conservative figures such as President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPoll: 58 percent say Fauci should not resign Fauci says he puts 'very little weight in the craziness of condemning me' Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior MORE (R-Ky.) and White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKaren Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' Pence urges 'positive' agenda to counter Biden in first speech since leaving office Kellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign MORE.

McCarthy encouraged students in the audience to participate in the upcoming midterm elections, even if they are unable to vote or do not have the money to donate to campaigns.

"History is against us," McCarthy said. "Only two times since World War II has the party in power actually picked up seats in an off-presidential year."

"If we're successful in this next one, the next century will be ours," he said.