Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has received considerable attention lately for statements made following Tuesday's midterm elections and the sweeping GOP gains they ushered in for the U.S. House of Representatives. He has spoken out on his wishes to turn Obama into a one-term president, and in a speech Thursday at the Heritage Foundation think tank he effectively repeated his call for a defeat of President Obama in the 2012 presidential election. But now he might be trying to soften his position, and he says that he is hopeful that he can work together with the president. "Just because we have differences on whether it was a good idea to try to turn America into France in two years doesn't mean that the president can't take a new path and address some of the issues he indicated in the past he may share our view on," he told the Wall Street Journal. Potential areas of agreement, McConnell says, are promotion of nuclear energy, electric cars, and clean-coal technology. [Read more about U.S. energy policy.]
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