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Sessions explained generally that Republicans are still able to win when they field "good candidates." But he said some candidates in the last election were "lazy, undisciplined, didn't know what they were talking about, and shot their mouth off."

As an example, Sessions noted Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) failure to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillDemocratic Homeland Security members request additional DHS nominee testimony Senate panel delays vote on Trump’s Homeland Security pick Steve Israel: ‘We had a better time at the DMZ than we’re going to have tonight’ MORE (D-Mo.). Akin famously said women's bodies can stop from becoming impregnated when they are subjected to "legitimate rape."