Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Monday that Republicans cannot take victory in Tuesday’s midterm elections for granted, and said there’s no evidence voters are “in love” with the GOP.
Republicans “need to view this with humility and gratitude. This is not about us ... there is no poll data showing the public is in love with us,” the Kentucky Republican said in an interview with Roll Call. He called Tuesday’s election a “report card” on the Obama administration’s first two years in office.
McConnell has been criticized by Democrats for saying that his top priority going forward is making sure President Barack Obama serves just one term. But he argued Monday that he doesn’t want to see Obama fail. Rather, he said he simply wants the White House to seek bipartisanship.
“I don’t want the president to fail ... I want him to change,” McConnell said, adding that he thinks Obama will try to work with Republicans next year. “I think he will, because he’ll have to ... the day after the election, he’s in cycle.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.