Incoming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy hopes to leverage Democrats in red districts to push for some of his policy priorities when House Republicans lose power in January, he said Thursday.
The California Republican's caucus will lose control of the House for the first time in eight years after last week's midterm elections. Democrats will flip at least 34 House districts, many of them long held by the GOP, according to a projection by NBC News.
McCarthy thinks the red tilt of many of the areas Democrats will represent gives the GOP an opportunity.
"So, I still believe — we may be sitting in the minority, but we're going to have a very good chance here to be able to — working with the Senate — still make tax cuts permanent for the middle class," McCarthy told CNBC's "Squawk Box." "To find ways to find common ground when it comes to infrastructure."