McConnell on Election Prospects: "It's Going To Be A Challenging Year"


Mitch McConnell told nationally syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt that the 2018 mid-term elections are going to be a "challenging typical off-year election for the party of the occupant of the White House."

HUGH HEWITT, HOST: And as you look at the Senate map right now, are you confident of holding the majority?

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: It’s going to be a challenging year. You know, Bill Clinton lost both the House and Senate two years in. Barack Obama lost the House and almost lost the Senate two years into his administration. History tells you it will not be a great year for the party of the president. We do have, however, I think a good map in the Senate. Only a third of the Senate, thanks to the founding fathers, is up every two years. There are 26 Democratic seats, only 9 Republicans. I’m hopeful we can keep the majority, but I think this is going to be a challenging typical off-year election for the party of the occupant of the White House.

HH: So if you keep confirming judges, last question, even through December 31st, when is the latest a nomination could come forward, in your view, for an appeals court judge that it would be acted on in committee and voted on by this Senate?

MM: Yeah, I’m not sure I can answer that. I don’t have on top of my head how long it’s been from nomination to the floor. But Chairman Grassley’s done an excellent job, in my view, of expediting the process. I’m not sure I can answer that, but I can tell you that if we have to stay until December 31st, we’re going to do the judges that come out of committee. They’ll be voted on this year.

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