A House speaker should be put in place quickly to give Republicans someone to unite around precisely because hostilities continue to rise in the war in Israel. GOP Representative Jim Jordan, one of the two Republicans aiming for the seat, said Sunday that his first action, if he wins, will be to ensure Israel has what it needs to win its first battle against the Hamas invaders.
“We need to give Israel the time, the space, the resources so that they can win and win decisively and send a message to these evil people who did this to our great friend and great ally, the state of Israel,” the Ohio GOP member told the host of Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Maria Bartiromo.
Jordan added he has spoken with David Friedman, former ambassador to Israel, and Republican Representative Michael McCaul, House Foreign Affairs Chair, about the need to work together and ensure the resources are available to support Israel.
“There is a special bond between the state of Israel and the American people,” said Jordan. “We need to make sure we continue that and help them win this as quickly as possible.”
He added there is concern about a push to have Israel “restrain themselves,” but the Hamas attacks were “intentional evil actions.”
Jordan pointed out that the assaults began on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, also a surprise attack on Israel by its Arab neighbors that started on October 6, 1973.
“We need to make sure that they have what they need to win and send a message to stop his kind of ridiculous stuff and take action against these people who are doing these terrible things,” Jordan said.
Jordan: Running for speaker because he believes he is the “one candidate who can unite our conference”
In the meantime, in the race for speaker, Jordan said he’s running because he believes he is the “one candidate who can unite our conference and then go tell the American people what we’re doing and why it’s important to their family, to their community, to their small business.”
Jordan added that the American people are hungry for leadership and not seeing from the Democrat-controlled Senate and White House.
“House Republicans need to unite and show the country that we’re fighting for them,” said Jordan. “Think about what they see every day, crime in the streets, 10,000 illegals coming across the border every single day, the price of food, what it costs to put gas in their car…we need to come together and show the American people we’re fighting for the things they care about.”
Meanwhile, if he is elected, Rep. Jordan said his first directive as a speaker will be a resolution on the U.S. government.
The next order of business will be to deal with the spending bill and continuing resolution that ends November 17, said Jordan.
“I will outline a plan that I think we have to have when we walk out of that room next week,” Jordan said. “We have got to have 218 votes for a Republican speaker, and we have got to have 218 votes for how we deal with November 17 when the funding bill for the government comes due. We need to have a plan for how we’re going to deal with that, and I will outline that in front of my colleagues on Tuesday when we get together.”
Jordan, along with GOP Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, is vying for the speakership, and he says he feels good about the support he’s receiving in the conference.
In the meantime, Jordan chairs the House Judiciary Committee and a subcommittee investigating the weaponization of government agencies. He said that if he is elected speaker, his work will continue under a new chair, including a possible subpoena of Hunter Biden.