Rep. Jim Jordan, founding chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, has confirmed that he plans to enter the House Speaker’s race to succeed outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan.
Jordan made the announcement on The Curt Schilling Podcast on Monday. “If and when there is a Speaker’s race, I plan on being part of that discussion,” Jordan said, before adding that the GOP needs to focus on “the kind of things we told the American people we were going to do” if they want to have a Speaker’s race at all. (RELATED: Jim Jordan Considering Running for Speaker of the House).
“We get the right kind of immigration bill across the finish line, we actually make the tax cuts permanent, we fight for the values we told the American people [we would], we reform welfare. I mean, these are the kind of things we told the American people we were going to do and I think more important than who the Speaker is next year is what we do this year because if we don’t do the right things this year we might not have a race for Speaker. Maybe it would be a race for minority leader so let’s stay focused on what we got to do and everything else will take that step.”
To the chagrin of conservative voters, Paul Ryan has carried on the establishment tendencies of ousted former House Speaker John Boehner. In contrast, Speaker hopefuls like House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise have made an effort to appeal to the working-class voters who elected President Donald Trump.
However, McCarthy, who’s from California, has also proven that he – like Ryan – is willing to compromise with Democrats on hot-button issues like immigration, a move that surely puts Republican control of both the House and Senate in jeopardy. Jordan, on the other hand, has demonstrated that he’s actually willing to fight for American citizens and rule of law.
“The Democrats, really deep down, what they care about is catch and release. What they want is open borders and what they want is the political issue,” @Jim_Jordan tells @margbrennan #FTN https://t.co/SHqBfdi6wq pic.twitter.com/297xOciFRH
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) June 24, 2018
Unfortunately, the smart play is to keep Ryan in the Speakership until the midterms. But if and when an election for a new GOP Speaker occurs, Jim Jordan might be the party’s best bet.