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McConnell to Newsmax: GOP-led Senate Would Take US 'in Different Direction'

Thursday, 03 Oct 2013 09:01 PM

By Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tells Newsmax TV that Republicans will take the nation in "an entirely different direction" if they win back the Senate in next year's elections.

"What we hope to have is a Senate Republican majority that can set a different agenda for our country," the Kentucky Republican tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. "Rather than defending Obamacare, we would pull it out root and branch. We would go in an entirely different direction."

The five-term senator is facing a re-election challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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She has attracted such top fund-raisers as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, who raised huge sums for President Barack Obama's re-election bid last year.

McConnell's supporters include the political action committees of such business titans as Koch Industries, Home Depot, Amgen, and Ford Motor Co., according to news reports.

"We would want to push back against the excessive bureaucratic regulations that are strangling our economy all across America," he tells Newsmax.

He notes how excessive regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is endangering Kentucky's coal industry. "The Obama administration itself has created a depression in the coal fields," he says.

"We would take the country in an entirely different direction. Less spending, less borrowing, no more taxes, reductions and regulation — getting the private sector going again by reducing the adverse impact of government on the private sector."

Editor's Note:Read the full Newsmax interview with Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

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