(CNN) — Kevin McCarthy announced Monday that he will run for Speaker of the House, in a bid to succeed the retiring John Boehner.
"We have made real progress towards shrinking an overgrown federal government and reforming our broken entitlement system," McCarthy, who is currently the House Majority Leader, wrote in an email to his colleagues. "But our work is far from done. We can't ignore the differences that exist, but we can and must heal the divisions in our conference with work, time, and trust. That is why I have decided to run for Speaker of the House and graciously ask for your support."
In a nod to the national mood favoring outsider candidates in the 2016 GOP presidential race, McCarthy added, "I am also sensitive to what is happening outside of the Beltway. I want us to be much closer to the people we represent, and I want them to once again feel like this is their government, they are in charge, and we are here to serve them."
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