Bill Kristol: Shadegg Is Reform Candidate

Here’s the transcript of Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol’s conversation with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday:

KRISTOL: I think one test will be the House Republican leadership fight for majority leader to see how seriously Republicans want to send a signal of reform.

WALLACE: And who would be the candidate…

KRISTOL: I think John Shadegg, who is the conservative reformist candidate, both because he was not a member of the leadership previously and was sort of a rebel against the leadership, and he voted against some of the big government programs that President Bush signed, particularly the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

So if you think the problem is that even Republicans have expanded the size of government, Shadegg would send a signal that the Republicans are coming back to not creating new entitlements. And I think it will be interesting to see. He’s got some momentum. Mike Pence endorsed him, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, this week. It will be interesting to see how well he does in the race against Blunt and Boehner.