Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks with reporters at the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast.
Mitch McConnell, Jr. is the senior United States Senator from Kentucky. He was chosen by his Republican colleagues as the Minority Leader in November 2006, making him the top-ranking Republican in the 110th Congress, which convened January 3, 2007. He is a conservative, receiving a perfect score from the American Conservative Union in 2006. McConnell won re-election in 2008 against Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell likes the lay of the land for Republican Senate candidates in '12 much better than the prior two cycles. Recalling initial criticisms of Reagan in 1980, McConnell points out that Jimmy Carter's White House once succumbed to a faulty belief that the GOP field was too weak.
Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he feels "reasonably confident" General David Petraeus has given his support to President Obama's plan for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, and that "most" Senate Republicans have supported the President's policies in the country so far.
Noting a range of Congressional Republicans' opinions on foreign policy matters like Afghanistan, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell explains that, while many of these same debates were taking place within the GOP during the Bush administration, party members may feel more "free" to express those differences with a Democrat in the White House.