McConnell declares 'Good Morning' for Senate GOP, calls Trump 'helpful'
WASHINGTON (WDRB) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it's a "good morning" for Republicans. He says President Donald Trump helped keep the Senate in GOP hands.
The Kentucky Republican spoke Wednesday morning, hours after midterm election voters kept the Senate controlled by Republicans, even as they flipped the House to a Democratic majority.
McConnell told reporters of the Senate elections: "We had a very good day. I'm proud of what happened. The president was very helpful to us."
He also said he thinks the fight to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had a big impact on election results.
"I think the Republican core voters in the states that were critical to us were highly offended by the questioning of the presumption of innocence and the tactics. I think it was like an adrenaline shot," he said. "We were worried about the lack of intensity on our side, and I think the Kavanaugh fight certainly provided that and was extremely helpful. It's noteworthy that the one Democrat in a red state who survived voted for Kavanaugh...Joe Manchin."
Kavanaugh was confirmed last month after a California professor accused him of sexual assault when both were teenagers.
McConnell warned that Democrats in the House will have to decide how much they want to "harass" Trump.
As for the future, the Kentucky Republican says Republicans and Democrats will have to work together to fix problems with former President Barack Obama's health care law.
McConnell said Wednesday that the state of the nation's health care system is "still a crisis" and those problems will have to be addressed in a bipartisan way because Democrats will control the House.
He said no one is satisfied with the current system and there will be a divided government, so "I think the message is, figure out what you can do together and do it."
Republican proposals to repeal the law failed to pass the Senate last year, dooming the effort while Republicans had full control of Congress and the presidency.
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