LOUISVILLE — Mitch McConnell told those attending a national Right to Life Convention here that “the tide is turning” on the issue of abortion but making him Majority Leader of the Senate will speed up the process.
“There’s no question we’re winning this debate,” said the Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky. But if Republicans controlled the Senate, McConnell said, they would schedule votes on legislation to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.
McConnell is seeking a sixth-term this fall, hoping his party can wrest the Senate majority from Democrats and securing his life-long goal of becoming Senate Majority Leader. But first McConnell must turn back a challenge from Democratic state Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
McConnell made no direct mention of the campaign except to blame Democrats controlling the Senate for failure to pass more restrictions on abortion and to suggest he’s the best hope of those who oppose abortion.
“This could change this November,” McConnell told the group. “In a Republican Senate, under my leadership, we would have the kind of real debate on the issues that the American people want.”
Republicans need to pick up six seats to gain the majority and conditions seem ripe for them to do it. Ironically, however, McConnell’s is one of a couple of Republican seats considered vulnerable to Democratic challenge. But if Republicans pull it off, McConnell will be in line to succeed Nevada Democrat Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader.
McConnell, who directs most of his campaign rhetoric against Democratic President Barack Obama and Reid rather than Grimes, said that “in less than six months the American people will decide if Barack Obama spends the last two years of his presidency with the same Democrat controlled Senate – or if he’ll finally be forced to “listen to the public” about abortion and other conservative issues.