Reps. John Shadegg (R.-Ariz.) and John Boehner (R.-Ohio) today called for a debate with Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R.-Mo.), who asserts that he has already locked up enough votes to become House majority leader.
In a joint statement, Shadegg and Boehner said:
"It is our understanding Roy has now declined invitations from two nationally-televised Sunday morning news programs to appear with us and directly discuss the issues facing the future of our Republican majority.
"It’s unfortunate that at a time when House Republicans are having a serious conversation about our future, the candidate who claims to be the frontrunner has so far refused to engage in a debate about how we will reform the House and change the status quo.
"Our Members, our party, and our country deserve to hear all of the candidates in an open and honest debate about their vision for leading the House and helping retain and expand our Republican majority."