McConnell says Biden would be his ‘desert island’ Democratic president
If Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) had to be stranded on a desert island with one living U.S. Democratic president, he says President Biden would be the “easy choice.”
During a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce event in Lexington on Tuesday, McConnell described the incumbent as “a first-rate person” despite their various and vast disagreements on policy.
During the event a reporter asked him, “You’re stranded on a desert island and you can only have one companion. Your choices are Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter. Who do you choose?” as reported by NBC News.
The Republican leader first eliminated former President Carter in the hypothetical situation, reportedly saying, “we can rule him out.”
McConnell eliminated Obama next.
Though he once said that he would fight to make Obama a one-term president, he clarified to reporters on Tuesday that “the only thing I didn’t like about him is he had a tendency to tell me to my face what I thought.”
“[A]nd one time I had to say, ‘Mr. President, really, that’s not what I think,'” he said.
When it came down to a final decision between former President Clinton and Biden, NBC News says McConnell reflected on his time serving with Biden in the Senate.
“Biden and I did four bipartisan deals during the Obama administration, I consider him a personal friend,” he said.
“I was the only Republican who went to his son Beau’s funeral, so that would be an easy choice. I think Biden is a first-rate person,” McConnell continued.