House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced Monday that he will run for Speaker of the House, in a bid to succeed the retiring John Boehner.

"The culture in Washington has to change," McCarthy told Bret Baier on "Special Report" this evening. "We've been governing by crisis. There are too many people in Washington who care about power institutions and don't care about making a difference in the life of the average American."

He said that culture change can't happen overnight, but that would be his mission if he becomes Speaker.

McCarthy added that he would also like to see those who serve in Congress foster closer relationships with the people they represent.

"I want the people to begin to feel again that this is their government, that they are in charge and we serve them," McCarthy explained. "America is more than a place. It's an idea. It's an idea that individuals can govern themselves."

"Government should become effective, efficient and accountable."

Watch the "Special Report" interview above.

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