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Rep. Hern to Newsmax: I Can Unite GOP as Speaker

By    |   Wednesday, 04 October 2023 12:00 PM EDT

Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla., said he wants to replace Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House, telling Newsmax that he can unite the Republican Party.

"My name was brought up back at the first week of January, and it wasn't the right time to be considered for that role," Hern said on Newsmax on Tuesday, adding that with McCarthy out "it's time to look forward."

"We need somebody who can unite the party, do the appropriations bills, and cut the spending so we get inflation under control, lower the gas prices, things that matter to Americans," Hern said. "All of this going on up here right now is just one more further distraction to the American people. They want real results, and I believe I could deliver those if the people up here want to put me in that place."

Hern said he differs from others who are seeking the top spot because rather than being a career politician, he spent 35 years in business and was successful in running large companies that he started from scratch. 

Further, he noted that for the past nine months, he's been chaired the Republican Study Committee, the most conservative caucus in Congress that consists of 176 Republicans who are working on conservative policies that "matter to the very people they're looking for their next speaker."

Meanwhile, when it comes to passing a spending bill, Hern said he is an advocate of getting spending under control. 

"The last two years and in the Republican Study Committee, I chaired the two budget committees to put forth a budget that balanced in seven years, something this conference has not done since I've been in Congress," Hern said. 

He added that as chairman of the conservative committee, he also has been involved in putting forth a balanced budget four months ago and has been involved in each of the "five family members' meetings" that McCarthy has had with the different caucuses. 

"I know exactly what each of these folks from the different caucuses [want]," Hern said. "I believe that I've heard everything that's out there."

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Sandy Fitzgerald

Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics. 

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