Republicans Will 'Make Biden a Moderate' If They Retake Congress, McConnell Says

Republicans Will 'Make Biden a Moderate' If They Retake Congress, McConnell Says
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) listens to a question during a news conference following a policy luncheon at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 3, 2021. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images).
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed on Sunday that Republicans would force President Joe Biden to govern as "a moderate" if they secure a majority in Congress in the upcoming midterm elections.

In an interview with Fox News, McConnell said the Biden administration "can't seem to get their act together on economy," citing a series of issues such as inflation, rising energy costs, and the decision to once again extend the freeze on federal student loan payments.

"This administration has really got its hands full and I think they’re headed toward a pretty good beating in the fall election," he told host Dana Perino.

If Republicans regain control of the Senate and House this fall, McConnell said his party would make sure Biden governs from the center.

"Let me put it this way—Biden ran as a moderate," McConnell said. "If I'm the majority leader in the Senate, and [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy is speaker of the House, we'll make sure Joe Biden is a moderate."

"Well our agenda next year, if we’re fortunate to be in a majority, will be focused on exactly what you and I've been talking about," he added. "Crime, education, beefing up the defense of our country."

This is not the first time McConnell has criticized Biden for using what he called the "bait and switch" tactic of campaigning as a moderate and then veering to the hard left after taking the White House.

"I think the storyline on the Biden administration ... could best be described as 'bait and switch,'" McConnell said last April following Biden's very first public address to a joint session of Congress. "The 'bait' was that he was going to be a moderate, a unifying force, and bring us all together. The 'switch' is that Bernie Sanders, for all practical purposes, won the debate in the Democratic Party over what it ought to look like."

The comments come as McCarthy's "Take Back The House" fundraising campaign raked in $31.5 million during the first quarter this year. McCarthy announced that this broke his own record of $27 million raised during the first quarter of 2020, and is the largest amount ever raised in a three-month period by any House Republican.

The California Republican said this has brought his total fundraising to more than $100 million for the fall election.

"As Election Day draws nearer, the energy and enthusiasm for Republicans to take back the House has never been stronger," McCarthy said in a statement. "Our nation is suffering greatly under the Biden-Pelosi regime, and the American people deserve better. Let's Take Back the House!"