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.”
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.