Durbin referred to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) statement early on in President Obama's first term that his priority was to make Obama a one-term president.
"I would pray that not a single Democratic senator would say what Mitch McConnell said when Barack Obama started his first term," Durbin said. "And McConnell said my highest priority is to make Obama a one-term president. I want President Obama to be reelected and I want to work with him and the Republicans, but if the American people see this differently and put Mr. Romney in charge, I'm going to do everything I can to work with him in a positive way for this country."
Durbin said that McConnell's statement "hurt the country."
Durbin's comments contrast with those made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) a few days earlier. Reid released a statement saying that if Romney won the White House, Democrats in the Senate would not rush to pass Republicans' legislation.
"Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his 'severely conservative' agenda is laughable," Reid said in the statement.