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GEORGETOWN, Ky. | Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says the American people are fed up with the Democratic majority in Washington and appear prepared to send in fresh GOP troops to provide political balance.
Mr. McConnell spoke Monday to small-business leaders at a local chamber of commerce luncheon in Georgetown, telling them that the political climate is cold toward the Democratic Party, which controls the executive and legislative branches.
“It appears to me that if the election were held today, there would be a midcourse correction,” the Kentucky Republican said. “I’m not here today to spike the ball in the end zone, to use a sports metaphor, but I do think that the American people are, I don’t want to overstate this, close to appalled by the level of government that we have today and would like to see it stopped.”
“Voters are still appalled at the eight years of the Cheney-Bush agenda that brought us record deficits and out-of-control spending, he said. “And for six years, the Republican Congress never did anything to check the behavior of those in the Bush administration.”
In recent days, Mr. McConnell has been traveling Kentucky campaigning on behalf of Republican Rand Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon who is seeking to replace retiring Sen. Jim Bunning. Mr. Paul faces Democrat Jack Conway in one of the most closely watched races in the nation.
Mr. McConnell didn’t mention the Kentucky race in his speech to the Georgetown business group, and he largely avoided partisan rhetoric, instead sounding professorial in his remarks. Last weekend, he made a series of stops in western Kentucky, where he called on voters to send in the cavalry by electing GOP candidates, including Mr. Paul.
Mr. McConnell said his sense is that voters want more balance politically because they’re concerned about one party “having too much power.” Besides the White House, Democrats control both the House and Senate.
“Voters are not going to so easily forget who got us into this mess, as the Republicans hope, and I think they’ll give Democrats credit for pursuing policies to get us out of this economic crisis,” he said.
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