House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) just unveiled the Republicans’ strategy for the 2022 midterm elections in an interview with Breitbart News.
The strategy is going to be to focus on what Republicans will do should they take back the U.S. House of Representatives. Republicans only need to net five seats to do so, and all signs would seem to suggest that they will pull this off.
McCarthy gives America a preview of what to expect
McCarthy is referring to what Republicans plan to do should they take back the House as the GOP’s “Commitment to America.” This is reminiscent of the “Contract with America” that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich unveiled in 1994.
According to McCarthy, Republicans have put together an issue-focused task force that for the last year has been generating Republican policy ideas.
Some specific policy items [McCarthy] previewed that will be in it include the GOP’s “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” plans to secure the border and for holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for the coronavirus pandemic, Republicans’ public safety vision to contrast with Democrat pushes to defund police, energy policies, and perhaps most importantly economic policies to stop inflation.
McCarthy, during the interview, vowed that what House Republicans will not do, should they win, is consider any legislation that would give amnesty to the illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States.
Other than policy, McCarthy said that the House, under a GOP majority, would lead several investigations, including into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. And, McCarthy said that, should he become House Speaker, he would look to boot Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Ilhan Oman (D-MN) from some of their committee assignments.
McCarthy, during the interview, also contrasted his approach to the 2022 midterm elections with that of his Senate counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
For those unfamiliar with McConnell’s approach, it is basically to beat up on the Democrats. McConnell, in contrast to McCarthy, has no plan to put forth a Republican agenda that would be pursued should Republicans take back the Senate.
McCarthy, accordingly, had some criticism for McConnell during the interview.
“I have a different view,” McCarthy said. “I don’t think majorities are given, I think they are earned. I think you also should be very truthful to the American public about what would you do with that majority.”
“It’s not just being in the majority for the sake of being in the majority. You’re being in the majority to make America better,” McCarthy added.