Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hosted a fundraiser in Kentucky for Trump-backed Senate candidates Mehmet Oz (Pennsylvania), Rep. Ted Budd (North Carolina), and Herschel Walker (Georgia).
This comes after McConnell seemingly attacked the Trump-backed senate candidates questioning the candidates’ quality.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) acknowledged Thursday that the GOP may not retake the Senate during the November 2022 midterm elections.
“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky. “Senate races are just different, they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”
“In the Senate, if you look at where we have to compete in order to get into a majority, there are places that are competitive in the general election,” McConnell said. “So, you can’t nominate somebody who’s just sort of unacceptable to a broader group of people and win. We had that experience in 2010 and 2012.”
McConnell downplayed this being anything out of the ordinary saying he does “this every August”. ” He explained, “I picked these three because I thought they were in critical states and had a good chance of winning.”
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) August 30, 2022
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday touted the prospects of three GOP Senate candidates backed by former President Donald Trump, despite the rift between the two Republican leaders.
Mr. McConnell‘s efforts underscored his view that taking back the upper chamber was more important than his run-ins with Mr. Trump. However, it also came after Mr. McConnell recently expressed concern — without mentioning any names — that “candidate quality” could jeopardize the party’s ability to retake the Senate.
Is McConnell changing his tune?