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 RyanAppeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers FEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday 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 PelosiImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars 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 TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE, and crushing debt for our kids and grandkids. We simply cannot let that happen."

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanOvernight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group Cummings accuses Oversight Republicans of obstructing drug price probe Schumer staffer-turned-wrestling coach focus of new documentary 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.