Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) spoke with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures about the most effective way to use the power of the purse and his ongoing beef with Speaker McCarthy.
“My vendetta is against a Washington system that allows corruption to put the interests of lobbyists and PACs above the interests of the American people,” Gaetz told to Bartiromo. “Kevin McCarthy facilitates that system, and I do deeply resent that, but I’m not working with Chuck Schumer or any other Democrat. I am the one working with House conservatives.”
“Tell me why you are threatening Speaker McCarthy and trying to shut down this government at a time that the Republicans have finally gotten some upper hands here in terms of wins, able to investigate President Biden on what looks like bribery,” she said.
“We don’t put our pencils down in the investigation of President Biden during a shutdown,” Gaetz responded. “So the premise is false. Second, if Kevin McCarthy was actually serious about pursuing the Bidens, he would have sent Hunter Biden a subpoena by now. That’s how, you know, this is sort of failure theater that you’re observing.”
Gaetz also pushed strongly for single-subject spending bills —and Bartiromo announced on X that she may be coming around his way of thinking.
“The ad hominem attacks against @RepMattGaetz will undoubtedly persist, but his every point was perfectly stated and utterly inarguable,” Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) quote tweeted alongside a clip of the video. “Let’s see a rational rebuttal. Maria is usually one of the best, but she could only sputter.”
Surprisingly, Bartiromo agreed with Bishop.
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) September 25, 2023
Gaetz later tweeted a thank you message to Bartiromo in addition to his plan.
When confronted with our argument on government spending, most smart and open-minded people will convert.
Welcome aboard, @MariaBartiromo.
Thank you for having me on your program. Tough questions and direct answers will lead us to the truth faster than sophistry.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 25, 2023