By Bob Cusack
A Republican Senate leader on Thursday said “about a dozen” GOP candidates could beat Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Sen. John BarrassoJohn BarrassoGOP blasts EPA on mine spill anniversary Investigators open criminal probe into EPA mine waste spill McAuliffe: I wouldn't want a 'caretaker' in Kaine's Senate seat MORE (Wyo.), the No. 4-ranked Republican in the upper chamber, expressed a lot of confidence in what is sure to be a crowded GOP field.
Barrasso said it’s unlikely he will endorse a candidate in the GOP presidential primary.
The two-term senator was more cautious on the 2014 election. Asked what are the chances the GOP will take back the Senate, Barrasso replied, “It’s much too early to tell.”
The map for Republicans has expanded, and the “opportunities are there” for the GOP to pick up the six seats they need to flip the Senate, Barrasso said. Yet, the election is still a ways off, he added.
Bergdahl prisoner swap
Barrasso strongly criticized the Obama administration’s recent trade of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders that were released from the Guantánamo Bay military facility. He ripped the administration for not notifying Congress beforehand, as is required by a law that Obama signed.
“The White House didn’t really think it through,” he said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has said impeachment should be on the table if Obama makes another similar deal.
Barrasso wouldn’t go that far, but said, “The administration needs to follow the law.”
Barrasso said the nation’s immigration reform laws need to be reformed, but indicated that a GOP-led Senate wouldn’t pass a comprehensive bill.
A “piece by piece” approach to immigration is preferable, Barrasso said.
The Barrasso interview will air Sunday on C-SPAN at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.