WATCH: Chaffetz Announces House Speaker Bid on 'Fox News Sunday'
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on "Fox News Sunday" officially announced his bid to become the next Speaker of the House.
Chaffetz will challenge House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who appears to have broad support from House Republicans
"Today, here, I am announcing my intention to run for Speaker of the House of Representatives," Chaffetz said to Chris Wallace. "I think the American public wants to see a change. They want a fresh start. There’s a reason why we see this phenomenon across the country. And you don’t just give an automatic promotion to the existing leadership team. That doesn’t signal change."
Chaffetz said that he didn't just wake up and decide to run for Speaker, but was recruited by his fellow representatives to offer an alternative to promoting existing leadership.
"I will walk out of there and support the nominee," Chaffetz stated. "I hope it’s me. I’m trying to fight for that. But if its Kevin McCarthy, I will support him. He still has the math problem. It still can’t get to 218, and I hope we can avoid those problems, bridge the gap, turn the fight, instead of internally, turn that fight to the Democrats, and fight for the things we all came to Congress for."
Watch more from the "Fox News Sunday" interview above.