McConnell mum on possible Cruz presidency

McConnell mum on possible Cruz presidency
© Greg Nash

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellJuan Williams: Race, Obama and Trump Schumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power MORE (R-Ky.) on Sunday refused to comment on the prospect of Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzRight renews push for term limits as Trump takes power Dissenting nominees give hope to GOP skeptics of Trump UN leader willing to meet lawmakers amid push to cut funding MORE (R) becoming president.

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Cruz called McConnell a liar on the Senate floor in July and has repeatedly accused the Republican leadership in Congress of backtracking on promises made to voters in the 2014 midterm elections.

Cruz considers McConnell a member of what he calls “the Washington cartel,” which could mean that McConnell’s future as Senate GOP leader could be in jeopardy if Cruz wins the White House.

Cruz is leading the GOP field in Iowa and is in second place nationally, according to an average of recent polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.

When asked on “State of the Union” by CNN’s Jake Tapper what he thought of Cruz’s leadership, McConnell said, “I’ve made it a point to stay out of the presidential race.”

McConnell tried to focus the interview instead on the Senate’s accomplishments this past year.

“What I’ve tried to do, Jake, is tune out the presidential race and do the job that the American people elected the new majority to do,” he said.

McConnell said Republicans were given control of the Senate in 2014 to fix policy problems, and urged voters to focus on their record.