House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Sunday it is imperative Republicans maintain control of Congress in November, and is confident his party can achieve the goal of keeping Democrats from holding the majority of seats.
“What we had just transpired in the last year will all be reversed,” McCarthy, R-Calif., told Maria Bartiromo during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
McCarthy cited the GOP’s sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax system, as well as other facets of positive economic growth as reasons why he believes the party needs to defeat Democratic opponents in the November midterm elections.
However, the odds are not in the Republicans’ favor, as the president’s party typically loses seats in the midterms. Since the 1862 midterms, the party associated with the current president has lost on average about 32 seats in the House and more than two seats in the Senate, according to PolitiFact. The president’s party has defied the odds and gained seats in 1934 – under Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression– and 2002 under George W. Bush, in wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Still, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., thinks her party will benefit from history, and plans to run for speaker again.
“We will win. I will run for speaker. I feel confident about it. And my members do, too,” Pelosi, who previously served as speaker from 2007 to 2011, told the Boston Globe last week.
In response to the comments, McCarthy said it was “probably one of the scariest things” he’s heard all week and criticized the California Democrat for being too partisan.
“I believe at the end of this day, Nancy Pelosi will not be speaker, Republicans will keep the majority,” McCarthy said, adding that “if you looked at the generic ballot earlier this year, yeah, if the election was in January they [Democrats] would’ve won. Today they would lose.”