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McConnell to Obama: No Mandate

2:27 PM, Nov 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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In remarks on the Senate floor, the top Republican in that chamber argues against a mandate for President Barack Obama after his reelection last week.

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"In politics, there is always a temptation among those who win office to think they have a mandate to do what they will," McConnell will say, according to prepared remarks. "But it’s important to remember that in this case the voters also re-elected a Republican-controlled House last week, and a closely divided Senate. And in a government of three equal branches, that’s hardly irrelevant. Most people may focus on the White House, but the fact is, the government is organized no differently today than it was after the Republican wave of 2010." 

The top Senate Republican contends that Americans are "wary" of what Obama might do in a second term. "Look out across the heartland, and you’ll see vast regions of the country wary of the President’s vision for the future. The country is sharply divided about the right path forward.  If the President wants to unite America, as he has always claimed to, if he truly realizes that he was elected to represent all of its citizens, not just the ones who voted to give him a second term last Tuesday ... then he’ll seek the common ground he avoided so strenuously in his first term. That’s his task. That’s the duty that comes with being President."

McConnell will add, "The campaign is over." Though that line comes after congratulating Obama--as well as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on the tough campaign.

"I also want to congratulate the President and Vice President once again on their own hard-fought victory last week. And I’d like to say just a brief word of thanks to our own nominees as well, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan. They may not have won the race, but they earned our respect and admiration in the effort," McConnell will say. "They fought valiantly for the cause of limited government, free enterprise, opportunity for all, and a stronger social safety net that’s there when people need it most."

"In short, they fought for the kind of constitutional conservatism so many Americans believe in so strongly. And their loss does nothing to diminish the importance of these enduring principles, or our commitment to keep fighting for them. So we thank them, and their families, for making the sacrifices any presidential campaign demands. And I want to assure everyone: the cause goes on."

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