McConnell reelected GOP Senate leader as Trump makes 2024 announcement
The balance of power in the House has yet to be decided. There’s a Senate run-off December 6th in Georgia. But Republicans in the House, Senate and Mar-a-Lago have their eyes fixed on a whole different set of elections.
First Former President Donald Trump is starting his 2024 Presidential run, bringing back his make america great again platform. He called for universal voter-ID, same day elections with only paper ballots and for drug dealers to face the death penalty, saying they will kill an average 500 people with the drugs they sell.
Trump: “America’s comeback starts right now”
There’s mixed reactions from fellow Republicans:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told reporters just before Trump’s announcement quote: “These independent voters aren’t voting for our candidates, even with Biden in the White House and the failures that we’re seeing. That’s a problem.”
While Senator Lindsey Graham stated in support: “If President Trump continues this tone and delivers this message on a consistent basis, he will be hard to beat.
Meanwhile Republicans on Capitol Hill are deciding who to elect as party leaders. In the Senate, incumbent leader Mitch McConnell survived a challenge from Rick Scott who said it’s time for Senate Republicans to be more bold and resolute.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy was elected GOP leader in the House. But he needs 218 votes to become speaker, and dozens in his own party are opposing him.
Matt Gaetz: “Kevin McCarthy couldn’t get 218 votes, he couldn’t get 200 votes, he couldn’t get 190 votes today. So to believe that Kevin McCarthy is going to be speaker you have to believe he’s going to get votes in the next six weeks that he couldn’t get in the last six years
McCarthy: We won, but we could have won bigger. And we will continue to work harder.
Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.