Florida Republican Congressman Byron Donalds made headlines today when he won 20 votes in the race for House speaker. This marks the second time that Kevin McCarthy has failed to secure a majority in the race for the position. In an interview with CBS News congressional correspondent Nikole Killion, Donalds discussed the divisions within the party and offered his thoughts on when he thinks the dispute over leadership will be resolved.
The Republican Party has been grappling with internal tensions in recent months, and the race for House speaker has been a source of particular strife. Despite McCarthy’s previous experience as House Majority Leader, he has been unable to secure the support of a majority of the caucus in his bid for the speaker’s gavel. In contrast, Donalds’ strong showing in the race has come as a surprise to many and has raised questions about the direction of the party.
In his interview with Killion, Donalds addressed the divisions within the party and the challenges that lie ahead. “There are certainly divisions within the party,” he admitted. “But I think the thing that unites us all is our desire to serve the American people and to do what’s best for the country.” When asked about the ongoing leadership dispute, Donalds remained optimistic, stating that he believes the party will eventually come together and find a resolution.
Despite the challenges facing the Republican Party, Donalds is confident that the party will emerge stronger and more united as a result of the ongoing leadership contest. “I think we’ll get through this,” he said. “And when we do, we’ll be stronger for it.”