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No. 3 Senate Republican Barrasso vows to make Biden a 'one-half-term president'

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., talks to reporters after the Senate Republicans' weekly policy lunch at the US Capitol on Tuesday. (Reuters photo)

A top member of US Senate Republican leadership has promised to make Democratic President Joe Biden a "one-half-term president."

John Barrasso of Wyoming, the No. 3 Senate Republican, said he would do so by toppling Democrats’ congressional majorities in the 2022 midterms.

"Mitch McConnell's come under a lot of criticism for saying, at one point, he wanted to make sure that Barack Obama was a one-term president," Barrasso said last Thursday at an event hosted by the Ripon Society, a centrist Republican think tank, which posted the remarks on Tuesday.

"I want to make Joe Biden a one-half-term president. And I want to do that by making sure they no longer have House, Senate, White House," he said.

Democrats have a precarious grasp on power in both houses of Congress given their 220-211 majority in the House and the 50-50 split of the Senate.

Historically, the party in power tends to lose seats in the midterms with political prognosticators arguing that GOP lawmakers stand a strong chance to wrest back one or both chambers next year.

And, although it would take a significant landslide for Republicans to win enough seats to potentially topple Biden before the end of his term, both Republicans and Democrats have, in recent years, managed to vex presidents of the other party and block parts of their agenda after breaking unified control during the midterm contests.

Barrasso also said he was “looking forward to a very successful 2022,” asserting that Biden’s agenda had been out of step with the US mainstream.

Most political observers want Republicans to regain control of the House of Representatives following the 2022 elections.

In 2012, McConnell, R-Ky., proved unsuccessful, but Republicans managed to retake the Senate majority for the last two years of Obama’s second term and held it until this year.

McConnell, the Senate minority leader, who has sharply criticized the Biden administration's policies, has promised to block Biden's agenda. Last month, he said he was "100 percent" focused on "stopping" the current administration.

"We're confronted with severe challenges from a new administration and a narrow majority of Democrats in the House and a 50-50 Senate to turn America into a socialist country, and that's 100 percent of my focus," he said.


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