Sen. McConnell Says He's 'Going to Be the Leader of a Large Army’ Following GOP Victories

By Nicholas Ballasy | November 3, 2010 | 6:34 PM EDT

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, accompanied by House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, appear at a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

( - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he is “going to be the leader of a large army” after the Republican Party won 61 seats in the House of Representatives and picked up seven seats in the Senate in Tuesday's midterm election.

“John [Cornyn] did a great job with candidate recruitment, raising funds, directing strategy and, in large measure because of his outstanding job, I’m going to be the leader of a large army after tonight,” said McConnell at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) election-night gathering.

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), expected to become the next Speaker of the House, vowed to cut federal spending and reduce the size of government in his election night speech.

“With their voices, the American people are demanding a new way forward in Washington and I’m here to tell you tonight that our new majority will be prepared to do this different – to take a new approach that hasn’t been tried in Washington by either party,” he said.

“It starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it, reducing the size of government instead of increasing it and reforming the way Congress works and giving the government back to the American people,” said Boehner. “And for all of those families who were asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’ It means ending the uncertainty in our economy and helping small businesses get back to work.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the Democratic majority in the 111th Congress was not listening to the American people.

“When our government won’t listen to us, we retain the right to throw the rascals out. Isn’t that right?” he said during his speech at the NRCC event.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the American people have given the Republican Party a second chance.

“We love this country,” he said.  “We know this country is giving us a second chance and we know they’re going to be watching us and accountable. We gave the pledge. We’ll hold to the pledge and we’ll look forward to continuing the growth.”