Mitch McConnell Won't Answer Key Question About Trump
Senate Majority leaders hedges on this one
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2016 2:53 PM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 26, 2016.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Does Sen. Mitch McConnell consider Donald Trump qualified to be president? Well, it's a good question—and it's still a question, Politico reports. "You know, he won the Republican [nomination] fair and square," he said Sunday on ABC's This Week when asked whether Trump is qualified. "He got more votes than anybody else against a whole lot of well-qualified candidates. And so our primary voters have made their decision as to who they want to be the nominee. The American people will be able to make that decision in the fall." The Senate majority leader conceded that Trump "made a number of mistakes over the last few weeks," but says "it's a long time until November."

With a new poll giving Hillary Clinton a double-digit lead, McConnell did praise Trump for taking "a good step in the right direction" in his campaign. "He's beginning to use a prepared script more often, which I think is absolutely appropriate for any candidate," says the GOP senator from Kentucky, per CNN. But he says the Trump campaign's $1.3 million balance—a pittance beside Clinton's $42.5 million—will need a serious boost. "Where the money comes from, whether it comes out of his own pocket or from others, it doesn't really make all that much difference," says McConnell. (George Will says he quit the GOP over Trump.)