McConnell: Time for GOP to unify behind Romney's candidacy

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) on Sunday called for the GOP to unify behind the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney.

McConnell said there is little doubt that Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, will clinch the GOP nomination, and predicted he will be “an outstanding nominee.”

McConnell said most Senate Republicans believe the time has come to coalesce behind Romney.

“I think he’s going to be an excellent candidate and I think the chances are overwhelming that he will be our nominee. It seems to me that we’re in the final phases of wrapping up this nomination and most of the members of the Senate Republican conference are either supporting him or have the view that it’s time to turn our attention to the fall campaign and begin to make the case against the president of the United States,” McConnell said Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

He stopped short of formally endorsing Romney, noting the Kentucky GOP primary is not until May.

“The people of Wisconsin are going to speak Tuesday and the District of Columbia and Maryland — I have not felt that they needed any advice from me as to what to do,” he said.

But McConnell said the GOP primary has gone on long enough, and indicated that he would back Romney soon.

“It is absolutely apparent that it’s in the best interest of our party at this particular point to get behind the person who is obviously going to be our nominee and to begin to make the case against the president of the United States,” he said.

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