McConnell’s statement on working with President-elect Obama

  Following his re-election Tuesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell issued a statement regarding his plans to work with the new president, Democrat Barack Obama, after he takes office in January.  

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

The statement came as McConnell also looked to retain his spot at Republican leader in the U.S. Senate and told reporters he didn’t anticipate any major challenges for the role. McConnell and other Republicans saw their numbers diminished after Democrats picked up at least five seats in the chamber. 

Here’s the statement from McConnell issued Wednesday afternoon – 

I congratulate President-elect Obama and will work with him on behalf of the American people. The Republican leadership stands ready to hear his ideas for implementing his campaign promises of cutting taxes, increasing energy security, reducing spending and easing the burden of an immense and growing national debt.

On these, and other bipartisan issues, he will find cooperation in the Senate. We have an opportunity for significant accomplishments on behalf of the American people, and it is my hope and intent that we succeed in the years ahead.

 I fully anticipate that President-elect Obama will select well-qualified nominees for the key, early cabinet secretary nominations. And if so, he can count on my support for timely consideration and assistance to ensure a smooth transition for our national, homeland and economic security posts. These times are too important not to move quickly together.


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