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McConnell: Biden ‘got it wrong again’ when he claimed GOP couldn’t say ‘what they were for’

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McConnell: Biden ‘got it wrong again’ when he claimed GOP couldn’t say ‘what they were for’

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell responded Thursday to President Biden’s repeated assertion that Republicans can’t tell “what they’re for” to the American people.

McConnell, R-Ky., told Fox News that the GOP has voiced what Republicans see as the country’s most pressing issues.

During his Wednesday press conference, Biden said “the fundamental question is ‘what is Mitch for? “” before claiming that the Senate Minority Leader would “do anything to prevent Biden from being a success.”

McConnell strongly disagreed with Biden’s assertion, telling “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier, “my good friend the president got it wrong again.”

“I helped him pass a bipartisan bill on infrastructure, I supported a bill in the Senate to deal with China and the shortage of computer chips,” he recalled.

“If the president starts acting like a moderate like he campaigned, we can do business. The reason we haven’t spoken recently this year is because he’s embraced Bernie Sanders’ prescription for the America. He did it even though he didn’t get a mandate for him, a 50-50 Senate and a majority of a few seats in the House, and they couldn’t get him through.”

McConnell added that the American people, like him, don’t want the socialist transformation of America that people like Sanders, a senator from Vermont, envision.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) US President Joe Biden (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
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“If the president wants to reinvent himself and get back in the middle, we have things to discuss that we can work on together,” McConnell said.

He added that the American people are also not fans of the Build Back Better package, whether it’s broken into pieces or not.

“They want us to tackle all the issues they care about, which is inflation at the top of the list and a wide open border.”

McConnell also rejected claims by Biden and Democrats that the right to vote is still an issue in the United States nearly 60 years after the Voting Rights Act was enacted. The 79-year-old senator remembers being a young member of Hill’s staff in 1965 when Congress passed the landmark legislation.

He cited record US voter turnout in 2020, noting it was the highest since 1900.

During the interview, McConnell also reacted to Biden’s comments on the Russian-Ukrainian situation, telling Baier he hopes President Vladimir Putin doesn’t misunderstand the US message:

“No incursion into Ukraine is acceptable. What should we do about it right now? Well, we should first send anti-tank weapons to the Ukrainians, help them learn how to use them, and ground- air to pursue helicopters that could be part of, obviously, any Russian incursion, while being prepared to impose a level of sanctions the Russians have never experienced before,” he said.

McConnell: Biden ‘got it wrong again’ when he claimed GOP couldn’t say ‘what they were for’

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Closing the interview, Baier pressed McConnell on former President Donald Trump’s role or importance in the 2022 midterm elections.

“Do you think former President Donald Trump will help you in the midterm elections?” Bayer asked.

“I think the midterm elections will almost certainly be a ruling party referendum,” McConnell replied. “It’s an all-Democrat government: Democratic Speaker, House and Senate, they’re in charge of governing. And these midterm elections are always a review of the performance of those in charge, those who govern. I think that the American people are about to send this administration a pretty strong message that they don’t approve of everything that’s wrong.”

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McConnell: Biden ‘got it wrong again’ when he claimed GOP couldn’t say ‘what they were for’

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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 16: US President Donald Trump (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talk to reporters in the Rose Garden following a lunch meeting at the White House on October 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump and McConnell tried to erase reports that they weren’t on the same page with the GOP’s legislative agenda and priorities. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In recent months, Trump and McConnell have shared an icy relationship, with the former president dubbing McConnell “The Broken Old Crow.”

Baier again pressed on his thoughts on the 45th president, playing a clip of Graham telling Fox News that the GOP “don’t have to kiss Trump’s ass but [has] to have a working relationship with him for us to be successful.”

“Well, I enjoyed Lindsey Graham’s tweet last night commenting on my closing speech before we saved the Senate from the Democrats who were trying to break up the Senate last night,” McConnell replied, referring to an attempt by the leader. majority Charles Schumer, DN. Y., to eradicate the previous threshold of 60 votes from the chamber.

“[A]All Republicans, believe me on all sides, will vote together to send this administration a strong message in November,” McConnell said, never mentioning Trump.

McConnell: Biden ‘got it wrong again’ when he claimed GOP couldn’t say ‘what they were for’

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