McConnell Minority Leader


Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell will lead republicans in the upcoming congressional session.

McConnell was elected unanimously this morning as the group’s leader. When the 110th congress convenes in January, republicans will be the minority, but McConnell pledges to work with democrats.

Sen. Mitch McConnell stated, “It takes 60 votes to do virtually anything; only 41 votes to have the ability to negotiate or stop. Nothing will be done on a partisan basis in the senate. It never is. We want to work with the Democrats. Our preference is to accomplish things, rather than block things but of course that’s an option.”

The party also elected Sen. Trent Lott as minority whip, reportedly by just one vote.

Four years ago, Lott stepped down from the leadership after making comments many consider racially insensitive.


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