Senate Majority Leader (R-Ky.) is embracing Democratic presidential candidates’ portrayal of him as a boogeyman of the right.
“Being criticized for stopping the liberal agenda and confirming conservative judges, I love it … the things they are criticizing me for, I plead guilty to,” he told reporters Thursday morning when asked about the first night of the Democratic presidential debates.
McConnell has described himself as the “Grim Reaper” of liberal proposals such as “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal.
McConnell was mentioned repeatedly during Wednesday’s debate as Democratic candidates said the best way to deal with him is to defeat his party at the polls and relegate him to Senate minority leader. He is also up for reelection next year.
Sen. (D-Mass.) said during the event that she has a plan for dealing with McConnell.
“I do,” she said. “We are a democracy, and the way a democracy is supposed to work is the will of the people matters.
Sen. (D-N.J.), meanwhile, stressed the importance of Democrats winning back the Senate.
And Rep. (D-Ohio) urged Democrats to pick a blue-collar candidate to target McConnell directly.
“If you want to beat Mitch McConnell, this better be a working-class party. If you want to go into Kentucky and take his rear end out and [Sen.] [R-S.C.] out, you have to have a blue-collar party to go into the textile communities in South Carolina,” he said.
There’s also growing animosity among Democrats not running for president.
Sen. (D-Hawaii) tweeted during the debate: “The way to deal with Mitch McConnell is to win the Senate.”
The way to deal with Mitch McConnell is to win the Senate.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) June 26, 2019