Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) expressed his confidence that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) will get enough support to become the next Speaker of the House on Sunday.
The forecast was made by the Republican from California on Fox News 12 days after the House decided to remove him from the job of speaker pro tempore, handing the position to Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) at a time when a possible shutdown of the government is looming and Israel is preparing to go to war with Hamas, as The Daily Wire reported.
“I did walk in with more support during this time, but I believe, at the end of the day, Jim can get there," McCarthy told anchor Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
"And I’m doing everything I can to help him be able to become speaker,” The former speaker went on.
Last week, Jordan, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, claimed the Republican nomination in the second round of voting.
However, like the party's first nominee who dropped out, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), Jordan confronts a challenge in securing the simple majority required to win a chamber-wide vote.
While Democrats are pressing for a coalition to elect a new speaker, which Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) indicated would include rule changes "to facilitate bipartisanship," Jordan's supporters have stated that they do not wish to make concessions.
“Some Republicans want to cut a deal with Democrat leader Hakeem Jeffries to elect a Speaker. With Democrats controlling the White House and the Senate, we must not give up control of the House,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) said in a post to X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday.
“Republicans should unite behind Jim Jordan as our Speaker of the House!”
McCarthy stated that Jordan is attempting to garner support in light of Sunday reports indicating that a vote could occur early in the week.
“I talked to Jim last night. He’s talking to every single member, assessing what their challenges are. But we have got to be able to work together,” McCarthy said.
When asked if Reps. Mike Johnson (R-LA) or Kevin Hern (R-OK) could be a "consensus candidate" if Jordan does not receive enough votes, McCarthy stated that he believes each would fall "very short" and reiterated his belief that Jordan will win.
McCarthy also criticized the eight Republicans who rebelled against his leadership, headed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
The Florida Republican initiated a vote of no confidence with a "motion to vacate," which McCarthy framed as the Republicans having "worked with every single Democrat to disrupt this nation, to remove me as speaker.”