McCarthy announces bid for minority leader

McCarthy announces bid for minority leader
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McCarthy, who was endorsed by Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism Anti-Defamation League calls on House leaders to censure Steve King over white supremacy comments MORE (R-Wis.) to lead the GOP caucus after his retirement, sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter touting his efforts to mitigate the midterm losses, asserting he had in the past "helped build a majority from a deeper hole" and will do so again.

The California Republican said he will be "a listener every bit as much as a leader" and would do everything within his means to protect the current Congress’s accomplishments from being unwound under a "Pelosi-led House,” a reference to current Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' On The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (D-Calif.).

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"I expect to use every tool at our disposal to deliberately challenge House Democrats and move the Senate to the right," he wrote. "A surefire way to motivate me to is to argue: 'that’s never been done before.' I believe we must embrace unconventional methods and strategies if we are to maximize our leverage and put wins on the board."

McCarthy said he will "draw a contrast with the radical left," adding while Democrats may have taken back the power in the House, he believes the GOP can gain momentum with voters ahead of 2020.

"We may have lost this battle, but the struggle for America’s future is just beginning. And the terrain now shifts in our favor, with at least a dozen seats in Trump-carried districts providing opportunities for us to go on offense starting today," he wrote.

"More importantly, we have seen where Democrats want to take our country— open borders, government-run healthcare, impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE, and crushing debt for our kids and grandkids. We simply cannot let that happen."

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRepublicans request update on investigation into ex-FBI official accused of leaks GOP lawmakers rip Dems for calling Cohen to testify Jordan renews call for Rosenstein to testify MORE (Ohio), a leading voice in the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is also vying for the top GOP position in the lower chamber.

Jordan argues the party needs new leadership overhaul if they are going to win back the House in 2020.

"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," Jordan, who in July announced he was challenging McCarthy to be the next Speaker, told Hill.TV on Wednesday.

Both Jordan and McCarthy are close allies of President Trump.

—Updated at 2:26 p.m.