Wicker calls for unity

Republican Sen. Roger Wicker praised Hillary Clinton and president-elect Donald Trump for setting a positive tone in their speeches Wednesday and moving the country a “step toward healing.’’

“I think it’s fair to say that Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton both rose to the occasion and spoke for unity and struck the right chord at this profound and pivotal moment in our nation’s history,’’ Wicker said. “My hat is off to both the winner and the loser in that race.’’

Wicker, who headed the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, who chaired the National Republican Congressional Committee, touted their committee wins at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Both led successful efforts to keep the Senate and House under Republican control.

“We kicked their tails last night,‘’ said Walden.

Clarion Ledger