Mitch McConnell’s Vision for a GOP Senate Doesn't Focus on Obama Probes

PHOTO: Former Secretary Elaine Chao, right, looks on as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses a group of supporters during a rally in Lexington, Ky., Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. PlayTimothy D. Easley / AP Photo
WATCH Mitch McConnell Weighs In on Potential Republican Led Senate Ahead Of Election Day

Sen. Mitch McConnell told ABC News today that Republicans would not make investigating the Obama administration a priority if the GOP wins control of the Senate.

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"Obviously, we intend to be a responsible governing Republican majority, if the American people give us the chance to do that," McConnell said in a brief interview as he flew around Kentucky on the eve of the midterm elections.

McConnell was dismissive of calls from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and other Republicans to open Congressional hearings next year into the executive actions of the Obama administration.

"We're gonna do a combination of pointing out the things that we disagree on and the things we can possibly agree on," McConnell said. "And be a responsible governing Republican majority."

McConnell oozed with confidence when we caught up with him in Lexington during a statewide fly-around tour with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky. McConnell's contest against Alison Lundergan Grimes is the toughest political challenge of his career, but even Democrats here acknowledge he's taken command of the race.

"We're hopeful it's going to be a good night," McConnell said. "The polling down here is indicating that's likely to happen, and we're trying to make sure everybody votes."

If Republicans win six seats and claim a Senate majority, McConnell said it will be all due to the strong class of recruits -- and not repeating mistakes of the last two election cycles.

"You know, we've learned a couple lessons over the last two cycles that if you don't nominate really credible candidates you have a chance of not even taking advantage of a good year, and this could be a good year," McConnell said. "The American people I think want to go in a different direction. They know the only thing they can do in 2014 is change the Senate."