McConnell: 'Honest' to say election is about lesser of two evils
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAs Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (R-Ky.) said in an interview this week that it's an "honest answer" to say that a general election match-up between Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world MORE represents picking the lesser of two evils.
"We know for sure we have two very, very unpopular candidates. But we have a two-party system in this country. This is a choice. Regardless of who any of us supported earlier, this is the choice," McConnell said in the interview Monday evening on the Texas-based "Wells Report" radio program.
Asked later what he thought of people saying the presidential election is a choice between the lesser of two evils, McConnell responded, "Well it just is, that's an honest answer. This is a choice that many Americans are not happy with, but it is the choice." 
The interview was highlighted by BuzzFeed.
McConnell argued that between Trump and Clinton, he'll back Trump but said the presumptive GOP nominee should move away from his controversial rhetoric.
"Would I like to see him tone things down? You bet," McConnell said, calling for Trump to focus on Democrats.
"I think he's got a great chance to win, but I think he's got to change to win," McConnell said.
Republicans leaders have for several days denounced Trump for accusing a federal judge of bias because of his Mexican heritage. Trump says Judge Gonzalo Curiel has a conflict of interest presiding over lawsuits against Trump University because of the candidate's call for a border wall with Mexico.