Republicans running for House speaker to face off on Fox News

WASHINGTON − Republican candidates running for speaker of the House will face off Monday night in a joint interview hosted by Bret Baier on Fox News, the network confirmed to USA TODAY.

The segment, first reported by Punchbowl News, will feature House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla. The interview begins at 6 p.m. Monday.

Jordan − who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump − and Scalise announced their speakership bids Wednesday, a day after Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was removed from the position. Hern has yet to officially enter the race.

The House is set to vote on a new speaker when the chamber returns next week.

Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., said the debate is “a horrible idea” and unproductive, CNN reported.

“If both of them thought this was a good idea,” Gimenez told CNN of the two announced candidates, “then maybe they don’t have a pulse of the conference. I’m having serious problems.”

Following reported backlash from other House Republicans, Jordan plans to meet with GOP colleagues before participating in the joint-interview, according to CNN.

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