McConnell: 'Honest' to say election is about lesser of two evils
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire 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 TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote 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.