Politics & Government

Mitch McConnell pledges no government shutdown

Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will be the Senate majority leader after Tuesday's elections gave Republicans control of the chamber, tells Time magazine his top priority is creating jobs in America.

The 72-year-old Kentucky Republican also says he will seek opportunities to work with President Obama and is looking for a partial repeal of Obamacare, not a full repeal. He guaranteed there would be no government shutdown on his watch.

Amid questions about tax reform and immigration, Time specifically asked McConnell if there is a possibility of a looming government shutdown?

"No. There is no possibility of a government shutdown. Remember me? I’m the guy that gets us out of government shutdowns," McConnell replied, laughing.

Looking ahead to 2016, McConnell said keeping a majority will be crucial, and he believes the GOP has a good shot at winning the White House.