EXCLUSIVE: Kevin McCarthy To Give Nominating Speech For Jim Jordan Before Third Speaker Vote

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Former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy will deliver the nominating speech Friday for House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan to become the next Speaker before the House votes for the third time, the Daily Caller has first learned.

Ahead of the third vote, Jordan gave a speech detailing why the House must elect a Speaker as soon as possible and explained how crucial it is for the country for Republicans to elect a Speaker.

“People I think are starting to doubt and wonder about their government and about where our nation is headed. They see an open border. They see crime in the streets. They know what it costs to put gas in their car. They know what it costs to put food on the table. They see a war in Israel, our strongest ally Israel, what’s happening there and the help that Israel needs,” Jordan said in his speech.

“They see a government that’s been weaponized against We the People. The very government that is supposed to serve us has been turned on by the taxpayers who pay for it. I think the American people are thirsty for change. I think they are hungry for leadership. And frankly, they know that the White House can’t provide it. They know the Senate won’t lead and they’re looking for House Republicans to step up and lead and make change on these important issues,” he continued.

“We got important work to do. important work to do. We need to help Israel. We need to get the appropriations process moving so that the key elements of our government are funded and funded in the right way particularly our military we need to get back to our committee work. And frankly, we need to continue the oversight work that I think is so darn important. In short, we need to get to work for the American people. We need to do what we said we were going to do. We need to do what we told them we were going to do when they elected us and put us in office and frankly we can’t do that. If the house isn’t open. We can’t open the house until we get a speaker,” Jordan added.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) makes his way to a candidate forum with House Republicans to hear from members running for U.S. Speaker of House in the Rayburn House Office Building on October 10, 2023 in Washington, DC. House Republicans are working to elect a new Speaker after the House passed a Motion to Vacate that removed former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from his post. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Jordan announced Thursday his support for Speaker pro tempore Patrick McHenry to be the temporary Speaker of the House until January after he failed to receive enough votes Wednesday to become the next Speaker of the House during the second round of voting. However, a majority of House Republicans preferred to move forward with a vote in order to try and get Jordan elected.

Jordan lost the first ballot for speaker on Tuesday, with 20 Republicans voting against him. (RELATED: Jim Jordan Fails To Receive Enough Votes For Speaker Of The House In First Round Of Votes)

Conservative donors told the Daily Caller on Monday night they are pledging to withhold funding from Republican House members who refuse to support Jordan for speaker. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Republicans Voting Against Jordan Are Doing It To ‘Spite Matt Gaetz,’ Members Say)

Jordan also said during his Friday speech that House Republicans would stay throughout the weekend to elect their next Speaker.