McConnell mum on possible Cruz presidency

McConnell mum on possible Cruz presidency
© Greg Nash

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senator blocking Trump's Intel nominee Spending bill delay raises risk of partial government shutdown support GOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone MORE (R-Ky.) on Sunday refused to comment on the prospect of Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz says Cambridge Analytica assured him its practices were legal Dem battling Cruz in Texas: ‘I can understand how people think this is crazy’ Overnight Tech: Facebook faces crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Lawmakers demand answers | What to watch for next | Day one of AT&T's merger trial | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian MORE (R) becoming president.

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.