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 Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes No agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Republican strategist says an Amash presidential bid wouldn't result in 'any real political gain' 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 RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 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.


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 John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDonald Trump Jr. inks book deal Cohen says Trump attorney told him to say Trump Tower talks ended earlier than they did Cohen told lawmakers that Trump lawyer Sekulow instructed him to lie about Moscow tower project: report MORE, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul splits with Amash on Trump impeachment The Go-Go's rock the stage at annual 'We Write the Songs' DC concert GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending MORE (R-Ky.) and White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayConway clashes with Pelosi after Trump infrastructure blowup 'Cover-up' talk enrages Trump, who threatens to end work with Democrats The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump blows up meeting after Pelosi 'cover up' remarks 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.