House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will be "in the battle for his life if he wants to become the speaker of the House," political commentator Michael Reagan told Newsmax TV
"There'll be a battle to see who the speaker is going to be," Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth.
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McCarthy, 50, is a Republican who was first elected to the House in 2006. He won the No. 2 leadership post last year.
"If this is all about shutting down Washington, there's never been a Congress that's won that battle," Reagan said. "Every time they closed down government around my father's presence, my father was able to lower taxes."
"Every time we've shut down government, we conservatives, during this presidency, the president of the United States wins that battle. Be careful what you wish for because there's always another day."
He added that conservatives were most likely very happy that Boehner was leaving Congress next month after 25 years.
"There's probably 16 million hardcore conservatives that are out there," Reagan told Hayworth. "We have 300 million people in the United States of America, so conservatives may be cheering today because John Boehner is stepping down."
"Who's going to replace Boehner and how long will it take before the cheering, in fact, stops?"
Turning to the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Reagan said that he believed that frontrunner Donald Trump lost the second debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library earlier this month.
"I was at the debate. He lost that debate by far," he told Hayworth, adding that he felt the contest went to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
"I'm really sick and tired of hearing Donald Trump take down other people and make this personal," Reagan added before quoting a Twitter message he sent Thursday.
"If we nominate Donald Trump to be our nominee, he will put the Republican Party on the ash heap of history," he said. "I suggest we find another candidate."
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