(CNN) - Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy is discounting rumors that his party is seeking to recruit current conservative-leaning House Democrats to their side of the isle.
“I've always heard those rumors, but I don't see that being the case,” McCarthy told CNN’s Candy Crowley on State of The Union. “And it's - it's a little more difficult when you look at the Democratic make-up of Congress today. It's much more liberal than it's ever been.”
Still, a string of conservative-leaning Democrats -– many of whom are members of the so-called “Blue Dog” coalition -– have run against their party this election season. That's led to speculation that some Democrats may determine their fate is safer if they have an “R” next to their name.
But McCarthy said voters are more upset with the Washington establishment than either party.
“I don't think the American public is looking to more members of Congress to stay in Congress,” he said. “They're looking for people across the country to actually change Washington.”
Of course, McCarthy himself is a member of Congress, so does that mean his own job could be in trouble?
“I’ve only been there four years, from one standpoint.” He said. “And I'm an individual that was running against Republicans and Democrats when I went to get into office."
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