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GOP Could Make Speaker Vote A Referendum On Party Establishment, Says Chris Bedford

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Nick Givas Media And Politics Reporter

Editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller News Foundation Chris Bedford said the Republican party could use the next vote for House Speaker to create a referendum on the GOP establishment Thursday on “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

Bedford said Republicans should mimic what Democrats did with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and demand a more conservative candidate be put in charge. (RELATED: Chris Bedford Breaks Down Why Trump Should Meet With Putin Again)

“The midterms elections are a base election,” Bedford said. “That’s when the hard core people come out. What if the Republican party or conservatives say ‘this is a referendum on Paul Ryan or Kevin McCarthy — or do you want Jim Jordan?’ Like the hard left has done with Democrats.”

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“They say ‘do you want Nancy Pelosi or do you want to go farther to the left?’ Maybe that would be a motivating factor and maybe that would put someone like Jim Jordan into a leadership position.” Jordan announced his run for Speaker on Thursday.

Bedford said Jordan’s prospects to become speaker are “not great right now,” but predicted a close battle in the House between House majority leader Kevin McCarthy of California and possibly House majority WHIP Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

“I suspect that there will be a fight,” he concluded. “If they had this locked up already they would have called a snap election and McCarthy or Scalise would be Speaker.”

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