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McConnell Defends Himself As GOP Colleagues Question His Leadership

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defended himself in an interview with Politico after several Republican colleagues reportedly questioned his leadership in recent days.

McConnell has taken heat for the bipartisan border deal negotiated behind closed doors and announced Sunday by a small group of Senate Republicans and Democrats, saying the bill is too weak to address the ongoing crisis. has drawn ire from other caucus members. southern border. Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz publicly called for McConnell's resignation after details of the border deal were revealed, and Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee also called for a new position in the wake of the border negotiations. He suggested that more leadership may be needed. according to To Politico. (Related: Exclusive: Senate Republicans denounce leaked border deal, say they will never vote for it)

“The entire time I've been in this job, I've had a small group of people who have been relentlessly critical of me. They had a chance,” McConnell told Politico, adding that Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott's He mentioned his leadership challenges in 2022. “We've been talking about the border because our persistent critics wanted us to. We can't pass a bill without negotiation with a Democratic president and a Democratic Senate.”

Mr. McConnell apparently did not seek to garner votes for or against the bill, instead focusing on the bill's specific policies. according to To Politico.McConnell Said On Tuesday, he said there was “no realistic chance” the bill would pass.

Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson told Politico that “Leader McConnell has completely destroyed this” regarding the border deal.

Mr McConnell has been frozen in public twice in the past 12 months, raising questions about his health given his advanced age. An anonymous Republican senator told Politico that caucus participants may be targeting Mr. McConnell because they perceive a political opportunity and because of his past relationship with Mr. McConnell. It could be because they're trying to settle the issue, an anonymous Republican senator told Politico.

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