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Kevin McCarthy heavy on House GOP agenda, lighter on Trump

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Tuesday.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Tuesday. AP

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy used a Tuesday night speech at the Republican National Convention to condemn government bailouts and handouts and reminisce about Ronald Reagan’s shining city upon the hill.

“I am proud to be a conservative from California,” the Bakersfield Republican said, acknowledging his rare status before the large audience.

McCarthy, who followed House Speaker Paul Ryan, said he was counting down the days of a Democrat holding the White House. “In just 112 days – it’s over.” “For eight years we have had a president who promised us so much but delivered so little,” he lamented.

McCarthy was bullish about the House Republican agenda, but he was far more restrained about the Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump, who Democrats have sought to exploit to win down-ticket races across California. McCarthy has suggested Trump may actually help.

“We need a leader who shapes the future,” he said, speaking generally about the presidential race.

“The Democrats won’t bring that future because they are stuck in the past.”

House majority leader Kevin McCarthy, speaking at a policy event hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California, on March 10, 2016, said the intensity of support for Donald Trump and depressed excitement among Democrats could boost the chance

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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