During a rambling news conference that began as a soliloquy, President Donald Trump on Wednesday found plenty of ways to downplay his party's losses in congressional races in Tuesday's midterms, when Democrats regained control of the U.S. House.
Trump said he hadn't asked Pence yet but then turned to the vice president and said: "Mike, will you be my running mate?"
With control of the House comes control of its committees, a power that previously laid with Republicans who were resistant to calls to take a tough line against the president.
Trump promised middle class tax cuts in the days before the election. And it made clear the extent to which Trump has remade his party to his own specifications, as he suggested that those who survived were indebted to him, a president who prizes loyalty above all else.
O'Rourke had told voters that Trump was wrong and described Texas as built from "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees". But his message also appeared to alienate well-educated voters - especially women - in the suburbs. Republicans are likely to expand their majority in the Senate, and Democrats lost some governorships that they badly wanted, especially in OH and Florida.
"Too bad, Mike", Trump said of Coffman, before turning on Utah's Mia Love, whose race remained too close to call.
Trump's claim that those who backed him were successful was not without exceptions.
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But Republican voter James Gerlock, 27, said he wanted to see more of the soaring economic growth that Trump says is the fruit of his business-friendly policies.
"I feel just fine about it", he said.
The president's rebuke was felt on Capitol Hill.
It could have been a much bigger night for Democrats, who suffered stinging losses in OH and in Florida, where Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis ended Democrat Andrew Gillum's bid to become the state's first African-American governor. "Angers me to my core".
The House loss meant Trump will face investigations into his tax returns, his businesses and his administration by Democratic lawmakers.
Top Democrats said they would use their control of both chambers to take action on several key issues, including funding Medicaid expansion, keeping $160 million in school funding in place and addressing the opioid crisis, as well as workforce development, student debt relief and promotion of renewable energy. They also now wield the power to launch a formal impeachment hearing, which if passed in the House, would be tried in the Republican-held Senate. Now we can all get back to work and get things done! He has yet to come up with a derogatory nickname for her, as he has with many of his other Democratic foes, although that could certainly change.
"We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage driven by Democrats' wealthy donors and special interests and very hostile media coverage, to put it mildly", Trump said at the White House on November 7. The president repeatedly flashed his temper as he insulted several reporters by name, interrupted their questions, ordered some to sit down and deemed one inquiry about his embrace of the description "nationalist" to be "racist".
Trump said he is "looking at different people for different positions", adding that "it is very common after the midterms". To get even with Trump, Mr. McCain had cast the vote that killed the Obamacare replacement that House Republicans finally, after years of dithering, had passed.