New NRSC deputy executive director Kevin McLaughlin says he knows many of the lessons his group learned in the 2014 cycle won’t apply in 2016. He’s vowing not to repeat the mistakes Democrats made in 2014, and plans to keep Obamacare relevant six years after its passage.
Asked if an improving economy would help incumbent Republicans: “I’m not necessarily going to concede the economy is good per se. “¦ People want to see the Senate actually accomplishing things. “¦ I think the most important thing is that you see activity and these guys taking up issues and having something to say.”
Asked whether the 2016 presidential field might swipe up top campaign operatives: “In 2007, we were in similar situation. … The short answer is, yes, it will present challenges. But the longer answer is I’ve seen it a lot worse.”
On Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV): “He’s the most vulnerable senator in the United States of America right now. “¦ he is the face of dysfunction in Washington. He was in 2014. And so a lot of the frustration the American people have with a lack of productivity in Washington is laid at his feet.”
On Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) potentially seeking higher office: “Our understanding is they’re running for reelection for United States Senate and we’re operating under that premise.” (Hotline reporting)