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HomeBreaking NewsMcCarthy faces difficult day, confirms he's not backing down after failed votes

McCarthy faces difficult day, confirms he’s not backing down after failed votes

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Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy was dealt one defeat after another on Tuesday but insists he will not back down from his bid to for Speaker of the House as the fight spills into a second chaotic day.

“Is it the day I wanted to have? No,” he told ABC News. But he insisted he still feels “very good” and confirmed there is no scenario where he is dropping his bid for speaker.

“Let’s take a different perspective,” the California representative said. “You’re sitting at 202 votes. So you need technically just 11 more votes to win. Is there anybody in the conference that can win? Okay, I don’t think that’s there. So we can go round and round. It’ll either turn out that someone will make a mistake and elect a Democrat or we’re going to find a way to work together to be able to govern.”

A fourth round of voting for the Speaker of the House is expected to resume on Wednesday when the chamber gathers again at noon after members-elect adjourned shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday after three failed rounds of voting to elect a speaker.

McCarthy’s focus on pragmatism, however, still doesn’t get him to the 218 votes that he needs to take the Speaker’s gavel and it appears he is hedging his bets that some of the Republicans who oppose him may either backtrack or vote present, which could help him eventually getting over the line.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy walks to a meeting with House Republicans at

Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy was dealt one defeat after another on Tuesday but insists he will not back down from his bid to for Speaker of the House as the fight spills into a second chaotic day. But he insisted he still feels "very good" and confirmed there is no scenario where he is dropping his bid for speaker. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy walks to a meeting with House Republicans at

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