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McConnell, the majorities for tax cuts, but not to repeal ObamaCare have passed; Peter Doocy takes a look back and for the ” Special report.’
Eleven years, five months and 10 days in his tenure as the Senate Republican leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell is now the party’s top spot-has had-more than any other.
“He understands the Senate better than any other here,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said on Tuesday.
Until today, Former sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., of the longest-serving Senate Republican leader.
The Former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., had the job for five years, and believes it comes with challenges, and the other in Washington never.
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“I think it’s the best leadership work, political work is said, in this city,” Lott said in an interview. “If the President makes a decision, the government moved, in the house, when the speaker makes a decision, the rules Committee will take care of you in the Senate…you lead and govern by the strength of their personality and respect for the rules.”
Lott believes McConnell the longevity sprouted from a style that stands out from the previous party Chairman.
“He’s playing his cards very close to his chest, he is a constant listener,” Lott said. “He may not say much, but he will just sit there and listen and listen and listen.”
McConnell have passed, and the majorities for successful tax reform, but to achieve another top legislative goal: full repeal of Obamacare. And in 2010, he took heat for the breakdown of a different priority.
“The most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama a one-term President,” McConnell told the National Journal.
Obama was re-elected, but is hampered by McConnell, six years later, when the outgoing President is nominating Merrick Garland to the Supreme court, and the GOP leadership of the Senate refused to consider it on the floor until after the election in 2016.
“We think the most important principle in the midst of this presidential election, the raging, the American people must weigh, and decide who they are going to make this decision, not this lame duck on the way out the door, but the next President will be in the next year,” McConnell said in 2016.
To complained of the time, the Obama administration McConnell was breaking long-standing Senate tradition.
“We are setting an incredibly dangerous precedent in the institution I love,” former Vice President Joe Biden said.
But wait, worked in McConnell fell, as Garland’s nomination has expired, and the Senate and later President of Trump’ s Supreme Court nominee Neil from gorsuch confirmed.
Tensions with Democrats appear to be cooled after the long-running high court is in conflict, and some are also with kind words about McConnell’s stone.
“He is reasonably able to control his people,” sen Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said. “That is to be credited for something.”
But sometimes Republicans break ranks, such as Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, even as McConnell about the Export-Import Bank, from the floor of the Senate.
“I can’t believe he’d say a flat-out lie,” Cruz said in 2015.
Then there are the GOP candidates who are trying to capital on anti-McConnell sentiment in their countries of origin.
“One of my goals as a US senator will be to dig ‘cocaine ” Mitch”,” Don Blankenship, the third place finisher in the West Virginia, the last Republican Senate primary, said in a campaign advertisement.
Ultimately, in DC, there’s not much appetite to remove the Republican leader.
“He has already said right, so many times,” sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa,. “It builds trust among his colleagues.”
Peter Doocy is currently a Washington, DC-based correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2009 as a General assignment reporter based in New York office.