Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shared his delight that he was referenced during the first round of debates for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on Wednesday.
While speaking to reporters on Thursday, the lawmaker spoke out about the Democrats’ criticism, saying that he was glad the candidates were not happy with him.
“Being criticized for stopping the liberal agenda and confirming conservatives judges, I love it,” McConnell said when asked about the criticism targeted at him, according to The Hill.
He claimed that “the things they are criticizing me for, I plead guilty to.”
McConnell is known for speaking out against Democratic lawmakers and said in April that he is ready if a Democrat wins the election.
”If I’m still the majority leader in the Senate, think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass,” McConnell said in April while speaking at an event in Kentucky.
During the debate, candidates were asked about their strategy for dealing with McConnell. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) responded, saying that she was prepared for a fight.
Chuck Todd: “Do you have a plan to deal with Mitch McConnell?”
Elizabeth Warren: “I do.”
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“Short of a Democratic majority in the Senate, you better understand the fight still goes on. It starts in the White House, and it means that everybody we energize in 2020 stays on the front lines come January 2021,” Warren said.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also spoke out to blame McConnell for blocking bills on election security, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee vowed to address climate change by “taking away the filibuster from Mitch McConnell.”
As IJR Red reported, this first round of debates was criticized those on social media and even President Donald Trump took a swipe at the candidates. The rest of the candidates will face off in a debate on Thursday night.