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 seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season 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.


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 WarrenPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Biden eyes new path for Fed despite Powell pick Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Storms a growing danger for East Coast 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 BookerPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (D-N.J.), meanwhile, stressed the importance of Democrats winning back the Senate.

And Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout Ohio Republicans swing for fences in redistricting proposals Ohio redistricting commission gives up on US House map 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 GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback 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 SchatzAlabama Republican touts provision in infrastructure bill he voted against Telehealth was a godsend during the pandemic; Congress should keep the innovation going Framing our future beyond the climate crisis MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted during the debate: “The way to deal with Mitch McConnell is to win the Senate.”