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McConnell: Trump Win Proves Country Ready To ‘Try Something New’

Abbey Oldham

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says he spoke to Donald Trump Wednesday and congratulated the president-elect on his victory in Tuesday’s election. Republicans also maintained their majorities in the House and Senate.

McConnell says Trump’s victory came in a “stunning” election.

“And clearly an indication that the American people would like to try something new,” he says. “And I know the speaker shares my view that we would like to see the country go in a different direction and intend to work with him to change the course for America.”

McConnell says he expects Trump to act quickly in nominating someone to fill the Supreme Court vacancy and to initiate the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

“I would be shocked if we didn’t move forward to keep our commitment to the American people,” says McConnell. “It was the single worst piece of legislation among many bad pieces of legislation passed during the first two years of the Obama presidency. The sooner we can go in a different direction, the better.”

Trump has pledged throughout his campaign to lead the effort to dismantle the law known as Obamacare if elected.

McConnell says he congratulated Trump and running mate Mike Pence on their victory in a phone conversation Wednesday.


Rick has been a member of the WFPL News team since 2001 and has covered numerous beats and events over the years. Most recently he’s been tracking the Indiana General Assembly and the region’s passion for sports, especially college basketball.
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