McConnell on Democratic attacks: 'I love it'

McConnell on Democratic attacks: 'I love it'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans give Barr vote of confidence Democrats block two Senate abortion bills VA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing MORE (R-Ky.) is embracing Democratic presidential candidates’ portrayal of him as a boogeyman of the right.

“Being criticized for stopping the liberal agenda and confirming conservative judges, I love it … the things they are criticizing me for, I plead guilty to,” he told reporters Thursday morning when asked about the first night of the Democratic presidential debates.

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McConnell has described himself as the “Grim Reaper” of liberal proposals such as “Medicare for All” and the Green New Deal.

McConnell was mentioned repeatedly during Wednesday’s debate as Democratic candidates said the best way to deal with him is to defeat his party at the polls and relegate him to Senate minority leader. He is also up for reelection next year.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (D-Mass.) said during the event that she has a plan for dealing with McConnell.

“I do," she said. "We are a democracy, and the way a democracy is supposed to work is the will of the people matters.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats' Obama-to-Sanders shift on charter schooling This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter MORE (D-N.J.), meanwhile, stressed the importance of Democrats winning back the Senate.

And Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' Democrats walk out of Trump's address: 'It's like watching professional wrestling' Trump set to confront his impeachment foes MORE (D-Ohio) urged Democrats to pick a blue-collar candidate to target McConnell directly.

“If you want to beat Mitch McConnell, this better be a working-class party. If you want to go into Kentucky and take his rear end out and [Sen.] Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocrats duke it out in most negative debate so far Republicans give Barr vote of confidence Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills MORE [R-S.C.] out, you have to have a blue-collar party to go into the textile communities in South Carolina,” he said.

There’s also growing animosity among Democrats not running for president.

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzKudlow claims coronavirus has been contained: 'It's pretty close to air-tight' Booker, Merkley propose federal facial recognition moratorium Poll: Majority of Democrats say Electoral College delegates should cast ballots based on popular vote MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted during the debate: “The way to deal with Mitch McConnell is to win the Senate.”