CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Rep. David McKinley said he would not run against Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in her U.S. Senate campaign. But that doesn't mean he wasn't tempted.
In a Friday meeting with the Daily Mail's editorial board, McKinley, a Republican who represents West Virginia's 1st congressional district, said several national groups and a few Super PACs promised their support if he decided to challenge Capito.
Capito, who represents the state's 2nd district, also is a Republican.
"We were tempted by the devil," McKinley said. "I finally said no, this is Shelley. I went to Shelley and said 'Have I been tempted? Yeah. But I'm going to back you.'"
Capito announced in November she would run for Sen. Jay Rockefeller's seat in the 2014 election. Rockefeller then announced in January he would not seek a sixth term.
McKinley said he plans to run for the House at least one more time, but intends to "term-limit" himself at some point.
"What happens in the future, I don't know," he said.
McKinley bemoaned the lack of communication among Republicans and the voting public. He said Democrats largely control the national political conversation, but Republicans' responses largely go unheard.
"So we don't come across as angry old white men, how do we communicate?" he said.
Republicans have the second-largest majority in the House of Representatives since World War II, so voters still are willing to elect GOP lawmakers, McKinley said.
"Nationally is where we have a problem," he said. "It's hard to decide, who is the audience you're talking to? We talk about taxes and job development and reform, and what that's going to do to their children and grandchildren," he said.
But younger voters don't have grandchildren - many don't have children yet - so they stop paying attention.