Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went on the CNBC morning show "Squawk Box" and said he's not comfortable lecturing voters, but that he does have some advice for Donald Trump.
"I'd like to see a pivot to a more scripted candidate," McConnell told CNBC on Wednesday.
McConnell relayed a story from the NRA convention where Trump told the Kentucky senior senator that he hates scripts because they're boring, but went on to deliver part of his speech using a script.
"Put me down for boring. I'm in the boring caucus," McConnell said he told Trump. "I think it's important for you to lay out things with specificity, which for anybody requires a script. [Trump's scripted speech at the NRA] was boring, but he made the points he needed to make to that audience."
McConnell told the CNBC show
he doesn't agree with a lot of things Trump says, including "inflammatory" statements about Hispanics and his "gratuitous" attack on New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
McConnell endorses and supports Trump for president, but he's also looking at the big picture — 24 GOP senators up for re-election. Retaining the Senate majority, currently at 54-46, is imperative given that whoever wins the White House will do so without a mandate.
"This is going to be a ticket-splitting kind of year," McConnell said on Fox News' "The Kelly File" earlier this week. "Regardless of what happens at the top of the ticket, you have two nominees here who we know, for sure, are very unpopular."
McConnell has been making the talk show circuit promoting his new book, "The Long Game."
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