Six seats. That’s all Republicans need to gain control of the Senate. And if that happens this Election Day, Sen. Mitch McConnell will be the new majority leader.
So what would a McConnell-led Senate look like? It may surprise some to hear that the 30-year Senate veteran would first seek agreement with Democrats in areas like trade accords and tax reform. McConnell also acknowledges that President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, likely cannot be repealed while he is still in the White House, setting up a contrast with conservatives like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who has said that Republicans should “pursue every means possible to repeal Obamacare.”
The Kentucky lawmaker spoke with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff just days before the midterm election. Watch that interview above. And watch the NewsHour’s report from Kentucky, where McConnell is in a tight race against Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat who has tried to distance herself from President Obama.