tv House Republican Leadership Election CSPAN November 14, 2018 5:41pm-5:56pm EST
mr. mccarthy: thank you for being here. i want to introduce you to the new republican leadership team. steve scalise as our whip. miss cheney as our conference chair. we have vice chair, mr. mark walker, jason smith as secretary. jerry palmer is policy and mr. tom emmer is heading up the nrc. i'm humbled to have the privilege to lead this conference. i will tell you, our number one goal is to get america continually moving forward. we serve in a divided government and divided country. our goal is to unite us back together again and make sure we win the majority back.
we know the challenge of what we're working on and wanted to hit the ground running. we know democrats have a plan. they want to disrupt and want to try to impeach and they want to stall what achievements we have been able to move forward. we know america is too great for such a small vision. we will work through every state. we know where we have our challenges to win back the suburban areas and we will do just that. but i truly believe america is and will always be the strongest nation on the face of the earth. now i want to introduce our newest member of our leadership team, our conference chair, liz heney. ms. cheney: an honor to be here and serve on this team. i look forward to being the conference chair for the house republicans. we have a lot of work. but we have the right policies and the policies we put in place
in the last congress promoted economic growth and national security that we need in this ation. and i would also say, we will take a back seat to no one, neither i will or anyone on this leadership team that will make sure that everyone understands. as a mother of five, i'm honored to be here and honored to serve and i look forward to getting the work and absolutely take back this majority and my tremendous honor to introduce our new minority whip, mr. steve scalise. mr. scalise: congratulations to you, kevin and our entire leadership team, it is an honor to be elected as the republican whip and it's a job i have enjoyed the last four years. one of the things as i would travel around the country in a lot of swing districts people love the fact that we have a booming economy.
they see how tremendous the success has been for hardworking money. they are seeing their wages go up. but history was working against us in the house and caught up to us. we need to redouble our efforts. one of the things we need to do in a new republican minority as we work to earn that majority back and getting around the country and letting people know what we stand for, those principles that have been proven to work and get our economy back on track and help those families who are counting on us. they want to see this economy continue to grow. a lot of those swing districts you never heard democrats talk about obstructing and subpoenas and impeachment. they talked about being pro-life and pro gun and be interesting if they keep the word to their voters. the people in this country don't want an obstructive congress but people who want to work together to keep this great economic success going, working with the president who is focused on getting this country back on track.
as we constitute this new leadership team, we will be refocused on our efforts to earn the trust of the american people and let people know why these conservative principles are important to keep a safe and secure america and get the ajority back in two years. mr. walker: thank you, mr. leader. it is a privilege to be elected by my peers to vice chair. our goal in working with liz is to continue to build bridges and develop relationships in new places and to new communities. last several years, democratic policies simply have driven more people into poverty. the last two years, the republican people have lifted people out of poverty. i look forward to working with this leadership team. mr. smith: it is a great honor to be part of this team with the
leadership of mr. mccarthy and it's important to look at the other leadership team. this team right here, the average age of all of us combined is 52 years old. the average age of the top three leading candidates on the other side is 78 years old. we are all about new ideas and moving this country forward and ew progress. i'm happy to be part of this team. mr. palmer: i really appreciate the opportunity to serve the american people in this apacity. we will restore hope for america. i believe that our policies and the ideas we are bringing to the table of what's good for the country is good for the american people and i think it's going to be good not only for our economy but for our future and i'm excited about the opportunity to be a part of this and we will get the majority back.
mr. mccarthy: we understand we have a divided government and we have a divided nation. our goal is to unite us. this is the opportunity to help continue america to move forward. we are proud in the fact that the last 49 years our unemployment is its lowest and proud of the fact of the changes o the v.a. or rebuilding our military and giving our women and men the largest raise they ever had in nine years and combating opioid addiction and human trafficking. we will work with anybody across the aisle if they are there to move america forward. let me be very clear, if their agenda is investigations, impeachment and not focused on the hardworking american public, we will be there to defend the american public. we know this is not an easy time, but we know there is an opportunity. i hope you see by us having a leadership election now that this conference is united. it's healthy to have a debate. i thank jim jordan for running. we came into this congress together. one of the smallest republican classes the history of congress. today than the last time nancy
pelosi was speaker. look at the c.b.o. numbers, we saved $4 trillion for the american public. we will continue to strive to make america more effective, most efficient and more accountable. i will take a few questions. >> what went wrong. how can you say the loss isn't against president trump. mr. mccarthy: history is against. average of loss of 30
seats. barack obama lost 53. anybody who is in that office, history runs against us. michael bloomberg spent more than $100 million and was effective in defeating republican women. look what he did in california. but you know something changed. istory didn't always prove out correctly because history says since 1992, anybody who is retired the seat but carried bout the other party,. but young kim, who is right now winning in california. so, no his money didn't defeat all the republican women. we have work cut out for us. history works against us. we have challenges in the suburban area and we will work harder to bring it back.
>> nancy pelosi in winning back the majority now since she should be the next speaker of the house. mr. mccarthy: that's a question for her conference. they wanted to delay the election. there are a number of members that pledged they would not vote for her. only time will tell. i question what their agenda was and what they run on. ou just cannot resist. i raised the point about unemployment. in the last 49 years, unemployment has only been below 4% 11 months. ix of those 11 months you just lived through. not one democrat voted for that tax bill in the house or senate. they want to repeal it and want to remove i.c.e. and impeach the president. they want us to work together to solve our biggest problems and see that the next century is the american century and will work
with any democrat who has that same goal. [inaudible question] ms. cheney: it's particularly moving obviously. my father has a real love of this institution, a love of the house of representatives and it's a love that i share. it's a wonderful place and we are here at a moment where we have the opportunity as the leader and the whip and all of our members pointed out to make a difference, to be in a position where we can take back the majority. if you look what we accomplished in the last congress and how the emocrats started this one. i think men and women all across the political spectrum are going to take a look at that and say we need positive economic growth and positive national security that we saw in the last congress, not the chaos we have begun to see over there. [laughter]
mr. mccarthy: all these people, that's pretty impressive. you're intimidating them. eporter: [inaudible] mr. mccarthy: the republican party has to continue to grow. the youngest woman elected to congress, currently serving, is a woman. of course she's a woman. she's a republican. we took a beating inside the suburban area. we're going to have to work harder. i think our message is going to have to be. our ideas are going to haver to stronger. we realize that and we'll work
>> i watched walters fall behind. millions of dollars spent against us. i think it is wrong. i'm proud of the history -- no, he picked against republicans but spent a great deal of money. the $3 million, the race that became. the race in california. that is a contributing factor. look at mia love. we have the opportunity to rebuild. i'm proud of the history. the very first republican president was abraham. you will see this party continue to grow that represents all of america in gender, faith, reality. and we will be back.
[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org >> house democrats also met earlier today on capitol hill to discuss their legislative agenda as the majority party. maryland democrat cummings and announced his support for nancy pelosi as speaker of the house. this is 10 minutes.