- The Washington Times - Monday, May 11, 2015

President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: pen pals?

Sort of, according to Mr. McConnell.

“A lot of folks like to joke about the odd couple that was Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch,” Mr. McConnell said Sunday at an event at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, referring to the late liberal lion and Mr. Hatch, a Republican senator from Utah. “But I think Mitch McConnell and Barack Obama may have them outdone.”

“I had to warn reporters not to faint last week before offering the president some praise on trade,” Mr. McConnell said, according to USA Today. “I’m even getting handwritten notes from the president these days. He sent one the other day to thank me for supporting the nomination of Loretta Lynch.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s confirmation was held up over a spat between Democrats and Republicans on a separate anti-human trafficking bill, but Mr. McConnell was indeed one of 10 Republican senators who voted in favor of her confirmation (as was Mr. Hatch).


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