Sen. Mike Johanns calls the results of the 2014 election “remarkable”, but predicts a real clash is coming between a Republican-controlled Congress and President Barack Obama.
Johanns says voters ushered in huge change, across the country. He points out that not only did Republicans gain control of the Senate and gain seats in the House, the party made gains in statehouses throughout the United States.
Johanns says he doesn’t believe voters fell in love with Republicans in 2014. He believes the elections were a referendum on Obama, and the results were a rebuke of the president’s policies.
Yet, Johanns says Obama hasn’t seemed to notice.
“I think he’s turned in the wrong direction, personally,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network. “It’s only been, what a few days since we’ve had the election, but I think this next two years his attitude is, I’m going to do what I want to do.”
Johanns expects Obama to act alone on immigration and instruct agencies to issue more regulations.
“I don’t see a conciliatory tone at all. I think his attitude is combative, angry, and indifferent to what happened on Election Night,” Johanns says.
As for the Senate he is leaving, Johanns expects it to return to its traditional role under Republican controlled; bringing legislation to the floor for debate and amendment.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]
AUDIO: Full interview: Brent Martin speaks with Sen. Mike Johanns about the elections, Ben Sasse, the relationship between President Obama and Congress. [13 min.]