Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, says his bid to succeed Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as House Speaker was sparked by Congress’ failure to act on major issues.
Jordan made his comments on Friday during an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
Asked how he came to the decision to make a bid for Speaker, Jordan said: “Well, think about it this way: In the last year and a half under President (Donald) Trump, regulations are down, taxes are down, the economy is up…unemployment is at lowest in 20 years, (Neil) Gorsuch is on court, (Brett) Kavanaugh on deck, (and) we’re out of the crazy Iran deal. The embassy is in Jerusalem and the hostages have come back from North Korea.
“An amazing year and a half – and I’m forgetting some other good things. But think about Congress. What has Congress done? We certainly helped with the taxes. But all those other things that we told the American people we would accomplish we haven’t — repeal Obamacare, reform welfare, build the border security wall, fix our immigration system and control spending.
“We haven’t done that. So, I think this is real simple. We make the job of being a member of Congress way too difficult. It’s really basic.
“What did you tell the voters you were going to do? Let’s do that. We haven’t done enough of that. We need to do more of that and help President Trump make America great again and do the things we said.”
Meanwhile, Jordan defended himself against claims he turned a blind eye to alleged sexual abuse at Ohio State while he was a wrestling coach years ago.
“This is something that supposedly happened 30 years ago” he said. “If there was in fact abuse we want people to get justice and (the) truth to come out. But there were hundreds of coaches, hundreds of administrators in that time period. Certainly no one reported any to me…”
Jordan could square off against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana in his bid for Speaker. Ryan has announced his support for McCarthy.
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