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Mitch McConnell: 'We're Going to Crush Tea Party Everywhere' in Primaries

Some bold words this weekend from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), predicting that GOP incumbents will be able to fend off primary challenges from Tea Party candidates.

“I think we are going to crush them everywhere," said McConnell in an interview with the New York Times, adding he doesn't think the Tea Party "will have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

McConnell is being challenged in the GOP primary by businessman Matt Bevin, though he led by nearly 40 points in a recent poll. Gretchen Carlson discussed the brewing fight this afternoon with Guy Benson, political editor of

Benson said he finds the comments to be "curious" considering that if the GOP wins control of the Senate in November, then McConnell would become Majority Leader.

"To fan these flames, the whole 'Tea Party versus establishment' fight, which divides the party. I'm not sure how strategic that is, especially from someone from the leadership position," he said.

Benson wondered why McConnell didn't choose his words more carefully and questioned why he chose a "hostile venue" like the New York Times.

Watch the discussion above.

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