McConnell: Obama never stopped campaigning
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Trump says impeachment trial should move 'very quickly' MORE (R-Ky.) is slamming President Obama ahead of his final State of the Union address, saying he failed to stop campaigning and start governing. 
 
"Americans assumed that campaigning would eventually come to a close and the serious work of governing would eventually commence. But it's now many years later, and the Obama for president campaign never really ended," the Republican leader said Tuesday from the Senate floor. "Speeches still substitute for substance. ... Slogans still surrogate for governing." 
 
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Top lawmakers are battling over Obama's legacy as he prepares to speak before Congress heading into his final year as president.
 
The Senate leader added that while Obama will his use prime-time speech to campaign for the candidate he "would like to see succeed him," most Americans are ready for the country to go in a different direction. 
 
Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Trumpification of the federal courts Trump to rally evangelicals after critical Christianity Today editorial Left presses 2020 Democrats to retake the courts from Trump MORE (D-Nev.), however, fired back that "if this were a card game — which it's not — I guess what I would do is trump what the Republican leader has said." 
 
"My friend lives in a world that doesn't exist," he added. "We have a lot more to do for the American people, but it's a wonderful country, and I'm so pleased with the progress we've made during the seven years of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNew Hampshire Rep. Kuster endorses Buttigieg Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall Ray LaHood backs Biden for president MORE."
 
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will give the Republican response to the president's address Tuesday night. McConnell sought to contrast the two speeches, saying he expects her to "contrast a failing presidency that's stuck in the past with a Republican Party that's oriented to the future."