McConnell Dismisses Bannon: One of the ‘Specialists in Nominating People Who Lose’
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Once again, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear he doesn’t really think much of Steve Bannon.
Bannon has been talking for a while now about waging war on the GOP establishment and primarying Republican senators who are impeding the Trump agenda.
Dana Perino, filling in for Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, asked McConnell if the “antidote” to Bannon’s agitation would be to get serious issues like tax reform done.
McConnell just dismissed Bannon out of hand again:
“Let me just say with regard to the element that you’re referring to here, they’ve been out there for a number of years. They cost us five Senate seats in 2010 and 2012. We would have gotten the majority of senators but for the fact that they were able to nominate people who could not win in November…. This is not about personalities. This is about achievement. And in order to make policy, you have to actually win the election. The kind of people that are supported by the element that you’d just been referring are specialists in defeating Republican candidates in November. And that’s what these inner-party skirmish is about.”
Perino brought up Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey as examples of more conservative senators who could “emerge from primaries that you maybe wouldn’t anticipate.”
McConnell said he supported both of them and reiterated, “Some of these folks that you’ve been quoting, as I said, are specialists in nominating people who lose.”
Perino broached the issue of McConnell’s “personal unpopularity with the Republicans out in the country,” but McConnell downplayed it and said, “I’m not going to be on the ballot on any of the states, and I don’t think the candidates who are running need to take a position on me.”
You can watch the full interview above, via Fox.
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