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.”