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McConnell touts Trump support, Supreme Court fights in reelection video

McConnell touts Trump support, Supreme Court fights in reelection video
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McConnell's campaign rolled out a three-minute reelection launch video on Wednesday, as well as a new website, that leans heavily into his work on Trump's judicial picks, a top priority for the GOP leader. 
The video opens with the fight over replacing the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former President Obama's nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBiden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable Graham says he'll back Biden's CIA pick A Democratic agenda for impossibly hard times MORE, before pivoting to McConnell pledging to keep the seat open until after the 2016 election. The move infuriated Democrats but has been credited by GOP lawmakers as a driving force behind their ability to keep the Senate and win the White House.
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It also highlights Trump's two Supreme Court nominees, Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchBiden to introduce Garland as attorney general, other top DOJ nominees Biden to name Merrick Garland for attorney general Supreme Court rejects Christian school's push for COVID-19 carve-out MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughWhy we need Section 230 more than ever 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Murkowski says she is not considering joining Democratic caucus MORE, and McConnell's push to get them confirmed amid highly charged political battles. Republicans nixed the 60-vote filibuster for Supreme Court picks in order to confirm Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh was confirmed after sexual assault allegations, which he denied. 
 
"Let's let the American people decide who will Americans trust to nominate the next Supreme Court justice," McConnell says in a voiceover during the video, before adding that "the American people decided they wanted Donald Trump to make the nomination, not Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team Millennials and the great reckoning on race Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet MORE." 
 
McConnell is running for reelection for his seventh term in the Senate next year in a state where Trump remains deeply popular. 
 
The video includes footage from a 2018 rally in Kentucky where Trump praised McConnell, who is shown waiting in the wings, as "one of the most powerful men in the world" and "rock-ribbed." 
 
"There's nobody smarter," Trump adds. "I know a lot of tough people, he's tough." 
 
The two men have had rocky periods, including in 2017 when the president floated that McConnell might have to step down after the failure to repeal and replace ObamaCare. But they've rebounded, sticking together closely on most policy and political fights with Trump likely to endorse the Senate GOP leader's reelection efforts. 
 
In addition to judicial fights, which could help energize conservatives and quash a serious primary challenge, the video highlights the economy, the GOP tax plan and a provision included in the farm bill that legalizes hemp as an agricultural commodity, a major issue in Kentucky.