GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy said he'd bet his 'personal house' that Republicans will 'get the majority back' in 2022
Kevin McCarthy, Minority Chairman of the House of Representatives, speaks during his weekly press conference on December 5, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong / Getty Images
MP Kevin McCarthy said Saturday he would bet his house on the likelihood of the GOP getting a majority in 2022.
"I'd bet my house. My personal house. Don't tell my wife, but I'll bet," he said.
Democrats have a slim majority in the House. Republicans will have to flip five seats to regain control.
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Rep. Kevin McCarthy said Saturday he would bet his own house on Republicans who will retake a majority of the house in 2022.
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"We're going to get the majority back. We're five seats away," he told a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
"I would bet my house. My personal house. Don't tell my wife, but I'll bet," he continued. "This is the smallest majority the Democrats have had in 100 years."
In the 2020 elections, the Democrats retained control of the house. Democrats now have a slim majority in the lower chamber, and Republicans only have to move five seats to regain control. Democrats also took back the Senate from Republicans, giving President Joe Biden a Democratic stronghold in Congress.
McCarthy also said there is "no chance" that Republicans will lose in 2022.
Since the days of Biden's inauguration, other Republicans have also started yelling over a possible GOP victory in 2022.
Earlier this month, for example, Senator Lindsey Graham said he would try to use the influence of former President Donald Trump to ensure the Republican Party retook the House and Senate in 2022.
In an interview with Politico, Graham said he planned to meet with Trump to discuss the future of the GOP and his role in it.
"I'm going to try to convince him that we can't get there without you, but you can't keep the Trump movement going without the unified GOP," Graham said.
"If we come back in 2022, it will be an affirmation of your policy," he said of Trump. "But if we lose again in 2022, the story will continue that not only have you lost the White House, but the Republican Party is in a bad spot too."
McCarthy's office did not immediately return a request for comment.
But House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi replied to McCarthy's remarks in a statement to Insider:
"Nobody should be surprised that the minority leader is ready to bet their house," said Robyn Patterson, assistant director of communications. "McCarthy doesn't have much to give after sacrificing his integrity and trying to break off $ 1,400 survival checks for Americans trying to make ends meet during a deadly pandemic."
Democrats and Republicans are fighting again over the content of the next stimulus package. The House Democrats this weekend approved a $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package that included $ 1,400 worth of stimulus checks for Americans.
McCarthy, the minority leader of the house, was one of the dissidents of the law and said on the floor of the house that his price tag was unsustainable.
"The Democrats' spending bill is too expensive, too corrupt and too liberal for the country," said the California Republican.
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