LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — Three days after the midterm election, Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell said he was optimistic about the future despite Republican losses in the House of Representatives.
"We are sliding in the suburbs," McConnell said. "That's probably a big reason for the loss of the U.S. House and it is disturbing."
While Kentucky remained a red state after the election, cities like Louisville and Lexington voted for democratic nominees like John Yarmuth and Amy McGrath.
"It looks like this rural urban divide that we're seeing nationally is also the case here in Kentucky," McConnell said.
On the heels of the 307th mass shooting this year, McConnell said that while the federal government has increased funding for mental health initiatives people should not expect gun reform on the legislative agenda.
"It's a complicated issue," McConnell said. "We do have an awful lot of fundamental rights as citizens but identifying people that are a threat is a real vexing problem. It's highly unlikely that there will be restrictions passed on the ability to own weapons."
And unlike his fellow Louisvillian, Rep. John Yarmuth, McConnell said the resignation of Attorney General Sessions and Trump's replacement should not worry people.
"All the cabinet members serve at the pleasure of the president. He's decided to make a change," McConnell said. "I think this will be an interim, very interim, AG and I expect we'll get a new nominee pretty quickly."
McConnell also said there is no reason to assume that acting AG Matt Whitaker will dismiss the investigation.
"There has never been any indication that he wants to dismiss Mueller or the investigation. It's going to be allowed to finish," McConnell said.
McConnell said having a divided government is not unusual, and that the two sides will figure out what they agree on and take action on those measures.
As for his own reelection, McConnell said he will be running in 2020, and says it is important to get Gov. Bevin reelected as well.
"I think we are in good shape going into Governor Bevin's election for him to have a second term and for us to continue to make the progress that we've achieved here in Kentucky," said McConnell .