McConnell fires back at Bannon: “Our goal is to nominate people who can actually win”


The Republican party continued its infighting Sunday, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and his allies “specialists at nominating people who lose.”

“The kind of people who are supported by the element that you’ve just been referring to are specialists in defeating Republican candidates in November,” McConnell told Dana Perino on “Fox News Sunday.”

“And that’s what this inter-party skirmish is about. Our goal is to nominate people in the primaries next year who can actually win, and the people who win will be the ones who enact the president’s agenda,” he continued.

His comments come on the heels of Bannon’s all out war against the establishment GOP, which the Breitbart executive referred to as his “season of war” at the Values Voter Summit in Washington last week.

But McConnell is unafraid, and sees the populist right-wing candidates Bannon plans to prop up as surefire losers in the coming elections.

“They’ve been out there for a number of years,” McConnell said Sunday of anti-establishment backers like Bannon. “They cost us five Senate seats in 2010 and 2012. We would have got the majority sooner but for the fact they were able to nominate people who could not win in November. In ’14 they were defeated everywhere, in ’16 they were defeated everywhere, and the difference is we’ve been in the majority in 2014 and 2016, two congresses in a row.”

McConnell says he’s in the business of winning, not pandering.

“Look, this is not about personalities. This is about achievement. And in order to make policy, you have to win the election,” McConnell continued.

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