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Can Trump unite GOP, despite 'Never Trumpers'' last gasp?

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," July 18, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

 

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Tonight's evening session kicks off in just a few minutes. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy joins us now, nice to see you sir.

REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY, HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER: Well, thanks for having me.

VAN SUSTEREN: Donald Trump tried to unify the Republican Party but earlier on the floor of the Republican Convention things got very messy. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is here on the floor to go "On The Record" we have got a band started in the break.

MCCARTHY: It's fun. You have gotten a lot of excitement in these conventions. Just about to kick off and only going to get better as the days progress.

VAN SUSTEREN: The music is getting louder. All right, tell me, there is a little chaos in the floor today. So, someone has a hard feeling.

MCCARTHY: No, that is no different than almost any other convention. You always have a little of that, but I think the time is now to unite. And I will tell you I have talked to a number of members that weren't there yet and after the selection of Mike Pence, they say they are there. So, I think coming out of this week you are going to see a lot of uniting of the Republican Party.

VAN SUSTEREN: What does Governor Pence do?

MCCARTHY: Well, Governor Pence has a lot of friends. I served with him in the house. He was in leadership with a number of us. He is a solid principle conservative. He has the executive branch work from being administration as a governor running a state. I think it's a good pick and I think it helps unite the party.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Talk about uniting the party. But we don't have Governor Kasich here. This is his state. He took the pledge. Senator Lindsey Graham is not here. Governor Jeb Bush, who also took the pledge, is not here. So, when you talk about uniting, there are few big no shows here.

MCCARTHY: But I will tell you this, for those same people you named, have you people who have never been to a Republican Party that were Democrats before joining the party. So, Donald Trump reaches a different branch. And that is something we are seeing and going to see at the convention and hear from some of them up on the floor tonight.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. He ran as an outsider, he's a businessman. Does that help him?

MCCARTHY: I think it helps him. You know the most important.

VAN SUSTEREN: You are a businessman?

MCCARTHY: I started a business when I was 19. But, you know, I think that is the background people want to see. They are frustrated with the government. And they want to see real leadership. And I think he fits that bill.

VAN SUSTEREN: What do you want to hear from Donald Trump, Thursday night?

MCCARTHY: I want to hear him talk about a plan and a vision for America. You know, the one thing in the house we're doing. We have a whole agenda of a better way about, from tax reform, healthcare reform, National Security. We're going to hear a lot about National Security. And more importantly, how are we going to change this country.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. You are in for Donald Trump?

MCCARTHY: I'm in for Donald Trump.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, anyway, nice talking to you, sir.

MCCARTHY: Thank you for having me.

VAN SUSTEREN: Thanks for joining us.