CLEVELAND (WDRB) -- Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell took the stage around 9 p.m. at the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. 

"I am a patient man. As a young child in the South, I was struck with polio and forced to stay off my feet for two years," McConnell said. "That experience taught me an abiding gratitude for my parents. And it taught me how to wait, which comes in handy when you’re leading the U.S. Senate."

"More than anything, though, my job has taught me the value of trust … how to distinguish between people who are in this to serve others and people who are in it for themselves," McConnell said. "The American People are tired of hearing about the bounty of government while the cost of caring for a family or meeting daily expenses grows out of  reach."

McConnell criticized presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, comparing her plans to President Barack Obama.

"I’ve had my differences with Barack Obama, but l will give him this. At least he was up front about his plans to move America to the left. Not Hillary," McConnell said. "Hillary has changed her positions so many times it’s impossible to tell where conviction ends and ambition begins."

McConnell then praised Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, stating that he would have signed what President Obama has vetoed such as an Obamacare repeal bill, a bill to build the Keystone Pipeline, and a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. 

Much of McConnell's speech focused on senate issues and his goal to keep his senate majority.

"With Donald Trump in the White House, Senate Republicans will build on the work we've done and pass more bills into law than any Senate in years."

Though McConnell has endorsed Trump, he has also criticized him. McConnell has stated that Trump's selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was reassuring. 

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