“I think we all benefit on our side from having more of us,” he said. “Only the people who win elections get to make policy. So I’m obviously more drawn to and more appreciative of people who work smart and whose goal is to defeat Democrats. But everybody is free to operate any way they choose to, both within and without the Senate.”
Finally, McConnell said, if Republicans take the Senate and the White House, they would have to be sure not to over-read their mandate.
“Governing is hard. The things that we need to do to straighten this country out are not going to be popular,” he said. “I think you need to start out with humility, but with determination to deal with the truly big problems in the country.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.