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McConnell to Trump: Your Low Approvals Could Sink the GOP in 2018

“I’d like to see the president in better shape politically,” McConnell said.

Pence, McConnell, and Trump

As the eyes of the political world begin to focus on the 2018 midterms, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a warning for President Trump: if you want to keep the majority, get your approval rating up.

McConnell told the Washington Examiner that a favorable map – Democrats are defending more seats than Republicans – is insignificant compared to the public’s opinion of the president.

“Don’t fall in love with the map,” McConnell said, according to the Examiner. “The map doesn’t win elections.”

At issue is this: the party in control of the White House often loses seats in the midterms. McConnell is hoping to reverse that trend, but a favorable map alone won’t get it done.

Despite Democrats being up for reelection in red states like Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia, McConnell wants Trump in a better position to help challengers in those states defeat incumbent Democrats.

“If you look at what happened to [former President] Bill Clinton two years in, what happened to [former President] Barack Obama two years in, I’d like to see the president in better shape politically,” McConnell said.

“It would help us take full advantage of what is a good map,” McConnell said. “The map alone will not secure the majority.”

President Trump’s approval rating stands at 41 percent, according to a RealClearPolitics average of recent polls. With about 18 months to go until the midterms, Trump certainly had time to bring those numbers up. And if he does, he might just find he has a Congress that’s easier to work with.