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McConnell goes all in for Trump

Politico


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made his strongest statement yet on his party's presidential nominee, telling a rally in his home state Wednesday that "we need a new president, Donald Trump, to be the most powerful Republican in America."

McConnell has warned repeatedly that Republicans could lose control of the Senate this year as they are forced to defend a handful of seats in swing states across the country. Since endorsing Trump shortly after he secured the nomination, McConnell has been mostly silent about the nominee so that vulnerable incumbents -- like New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte -- could distance themselves from Trump and his increasingly erratic comments. McConnell even told a group of business leaders at a recent speech that if they wanted to hear him discuss Trump, they "might has well go ahead and leave."