Sen. Hawley Criticizes 'Washington Republicanism'

Susan Jones | November 15, 2022 | 7:37am EST
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The U.S. Capitol as seen on Nov. 14, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
The U.S. Capitol as seen on Nov. 14, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) says it's time for a change in the Republican Party -- not only its Senate leader, but also the party's focus:

"Well, we need good, strong, independent leadership that actually listens to voters and doesn't just listen to the Washington lobbyists," Hawley told Fox News Monday night.

"And I'll just tell you, when it comes to the GOP, the Washington Republicanism that cares more about Wall Street than it does about working people, it's time for that to come to an end.

"The Washington Republicanism that's all about adventures abroad and the neoconservatism of these global wars, not focused on working people in this country, it needs to come to an end.

"I think what voters are asking us to do is pretty clear. Secure our streets. You know, let's put new cops on the street, 100,000 of them. Secure the border. Stop the indoctrination of our children, and bring jobs back to this country.

"It used to be you could support a family on one good wage. You can't do that anymore in this country because of the ruinous trade policies that, unfortunately, both parties have supported.

"That has got to come to an end. Republicans have got to be the party of working people and working class culture. That that's what we're fighting for."

Hawley said he will not support Mitch McConnell for Republican leader. "We need new leadership, but we also need real convictions. That's what we've got to be about going forward."

In a speech on the Senate floor Monday, McConnell noted that the nation remains "closely divided," and he called it an "outstanding thing" that Republicans appear poised to take control of the House of Representatives.

"If Washington Democrats do not want to pivot to sanity and common sense; if they will not help us address the ways their policies are hurting families, they will encounter stiff resistance from the sizeable Senate Republican Conference that half the country has elected to be their voice, to be their champions, to fight for them.

“We’re going to fight hard for the American families this administration is leaving behind,” McConnell said.

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