McConnell says throw out the personalities and decide what kind of country that you want in choosing the next president

07/29/2016 06:13 PM

LOUISVILLE – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a gathering in Louisville on Friday that even if voters are not overly fond of either presidential candidate, they should decide what kind of country they want to see in the future.

McConnell addressed members of Greater Louisville, Inc., and talked about a number of issues, but the presidential race was a hot topic with the recently completed Republican and Democrat national conventions.

McConnell acknowledged that many people in the room may not be happy with Republican nominee Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but the biggest thing they must determine is what direction do they want to see the country go.

“I think you ought to vote for Hillary Clinton if you believe this is as good as America can be,” McConnell said. “But, if you think that America can do better by taking a different path, Trump is the only alternative.”

McConnell admitted that he did not watch any of the recently completed Democratic National Convention saying that he knew what the Democrats arguments would be and “he has heard them all before.”

McConnell also expressed the importance of how the next President will choose, in all likelihood, a number of Supreme Court justices, which will have an effect on the country for possibly decades to come.

Another topic discussed was national security and how the United States should go about defeating terrorist organizations like ISIS.

“You can not do it without an enhanced military effort,” McConnell said. “You need to take out Raqqah, which is the headquarters of the Caliphate of ISIS, and secondly, while the military is there, you need to be able to create at least two very large and well protected safe zones.”

McConnell declined to elaborate on Trump’s comments earlier this week encouraging Russia to find the 30,000 emails which Hillary Clinton deleted because she said that they were unrelated to her work at the State Department.

“I don’t think I have anything to add to that,” McConnell said.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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