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In first speech as majority leader, Mitch McConnell says 'the American people have had enough'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, emerges from a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 13, 2014.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, emerges from a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 13, 2014. AP

In his first speech on the Senate floor as majority leader, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell expressed optimism for the future of the country and Congress despite a "moment of great anxiety as a nation."

"The people we represent have lost faith in their government," McConnell said. "They no longer trust Washington to do the right thing."

The crowds in the gallery and on the floor of the U.S. Senate who watched Tuesday's swearing-in ceremony were long gone when McConnell entered the chamber Wednesday morning.

Read more at the Herald-Leader: http://www.kentucky.com/2015/01/07/3628760_in-first-speech-as-majority-leader.html

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