Rep. Banks: 'I Actually Believe the Outcome Would Have Been Better...If the Voters Trusted Republicans'

Susan Jones | November 10, 2022 | 5:47am EST
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The US Capitol on the morning of the midterm election, November 8, 2022. (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
The US Capitol on the morning of the midterm election, November 8, 2022. (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Even before we know for sure which party will control the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans are jockeying for leadership positions.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has long eyed the Speakership; and Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana wants to be the Republican whip.

Banks told Fox News's Laura Ingraham on Wednesday he wants to make sure that Republicans "do what we say we're going to do" and not repeat past mistakes:

"Well, Laura, at the end of the day, the American people gave us the majority -- it might be a very slim majority -- but they gave us a majority to fight back against the radical left, not to give in to the demands of the radical left and the radical Democrats, but to fight back against them.

"Over 80 percent of Americans believe that Joe Biden is doing a bad job, and America is on the wrong track, and they want us to do something about it. So, that's why I threw my hat in the ring to be the whip and a part of the Republican leadership, to make sure that we do what we say we're going to do.

"I actually believe the outcome would have been better last night if the voters trusted Republicans. But they've given Republicans majorities before, and we let them down.

"So, if over the next two years we do what we say we're going to do and hold Democrats accountable and stop the radical Biden agenda, then I believe the voters will give a bigger majority in 2024 and the White House with it." 

Banks said the House Whip "will play a very big role" in passing the "commitment to America" that Republicans ran on.

"We have to have a leadership team that's ready to roll up our sleeves and ready to go and push and advance this agenda -- not just the policy agenda, but the vigorous oversight agenda of the Biden administration that we have not yet seen.

"With Jim Jordan in charge of the Judiciary Committee, a lot of other committee chairman who are ready to go to provide oversight and investigations of what happened in Afghanistan, holding big tech accountable, investigating China for the origins of COVID-19. We have a lot of oversight to do as well.

"It takes strong Republican leadership to get it done. I intend to be at that table."

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