Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) admitted Wednesday that the growing anti-war streak within the Republican Party was made possible by the presence of a Democrat in the White House.

“I do think there’s more of a tendency to pull together when the guy in the White House is on your side,” McConnell said at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “So I think some of these view were probably held by some of my members even in the previous administration, but party loyalty tended to mute them.”

House Republicans are preparing to vote on a resolution rebuking President Barack Obama for failing to seek Congressional approval to wage an air-based U.S. military intervention in Libya. More Republicans have also recently expressed skepticism about the Afghanistan war.

“I think there are clearly differences, and I think a lot of our members, not having a Republican in the White House, feel more free to express their reservations, which might have been somewhat muted during the previous administration.”

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