Pelosi suggests McCarthy doesn't have the votes to be Speaker

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 16: Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative, speaks to the media prior to talks with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at the Foreign Ministry on September 16, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. Pelosi has been in Berlin to attend a meeting of heads of parliaments of the G7 group of nations. The ongoing situation in Ukraine and its international repercussions were high on the agenda of the gathering. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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  • Pelosi on Sunday suggested that McCarthy would not be able to secure the votes needed to be Speaker of the House.

  • Republicans are close to winning a narrow victory for the House majority, making McCarthy likely elected as Speaker.

  • Pelosi said it was up to McCarthy's own people to make a decision as to how they wanted to be led.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday suggested that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy would not be able to secure the votes needed to be elected Speaker of the House.

The Republican party seemed close to winning a narrow victory for the House majority, which would likely make McCarthy the elected Speaker.

When asked if she thinks McCarthy has what it takes to be Speaker, Pelosi suggested to Dana Bash, Host of CNN's State of the Union, that McCarty does not have the votes he needs.

"Why would I make a judgment about something that may or may not ever happen?" Pelosi asked Dana Bash, host of CNN's "State of the Union." "No, I don't think he has it. But that's up to his own people to make a decision as to how they want to be led or otherwise.

Democrats expect chaos next Congress as they face losing control of the House, Insider's Nicole Gaudiano previously reported.

Many Democrats say far-right House members will be running the show as Kevin McCarthy struggles to control them.

If Republicans control the House and McCarthy is elected speaker, the GOP agenda and messaging next year won't be up to McCarthy, the current minority leader, Josh Schwerin, a founder of Saratoga Strategies, told Insider. It will be dictated by the "loudest, craziest voices on the right," he said, like Greene of Georgia.

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