This weekend, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told a local ABC station he hopes the Republican presidential nominee decision will go to a second ballot at the Republican National Convention in July so delegates can vote for someone “who can win” in November against Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.
McConnell said, “So there are some candidates suggesting that it’s somehow tricky to simply follow the rules of the convention. We are going to follow the rules of the Convention. When a nominee gets to 1,237, he will actually be the candidate. If he doesn’t, there will be a second ballot, and about 60 percent of the delegates who are bound on the first ballot will be free to do whatever they want, and I’m increasingly optimistic that there actually may be a second ballot.”
He added, “I want somebody who can win in November. The whole process is about trying to beat Hillary Clinton in November. And I think our delegates, if they end up actually having the latitude to make a decision, which would occur on the second and third ballot, they are going to be interested in who can win And those are arguments for Ted Cruz to make, for Donald Trump to make, for John Kasich to make or anyone else.”
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