Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed optimism about Tuesday’s House vote when pressed by a reporter Monday.
NBC News’ Capitol Hill reporter and producer Haley Talbot asked McCarthy whether he has the votes for Speaker locked in ahead of the vote. McCarthy has received opposition from a handful of lawmakers in his party who will likely support a different candidate to serve as Speaker of the House.
“Do you have the votes for Speaker locked in tomorrow?” the reporter asked.
“I think we’ll have a good day tomorrow,” McCarthy said.
“Leader McCarthy, are you prepared to make more concessions in exchange for more support?” a reporter asked.
“Hope you all have a very nice New Year’s,” McCarthy said before exiting the Capitol building.
McCarthy secured the Republican nomination for Speaker in a 188-31 vote in November after the party regained control of the House in the midterm elections. A handful of House Republicans, including Reps. Bob Good of Virginia and Matt Gaetz of Florida, have been opposed to voting in favor of his leadership role.
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