The aspiring House speaker cited the House Select Committee on Benghazi as an example of how he would strategically wield a conservative majority in Congress if he got the job while presenting his conservative bona fides in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
"Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?" McCarthy said. "But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable [sic]. But no one would have known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen."
"I agree," Hannity said. "That's something good I give you credit for that."
A top Democrat on the Benghazi committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), wrote a New York Times op-ed earlier this month calling for the committee's dissolution on the grounds that it had abandoned its original purpose and become "little more than a partisan tool to influence the presidential race."
A spokesman for Clinton quickly pounced on McCarthy's comments:
Speaker-in-waiting confesses what the true goal of taxpayer-funded Benghazi Commitee is. https://t.co/62NgqyGpBE
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) September 30, 2015