(CNN)Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made one thing very clear: He is going to work very hard to make sure that the strongest general election candidate emerges from contested GOP primaries for the Senate next year.

"There's no question that in order to win, you have to, in most states that are going to determine who's in the majority next time, you have to appeal to a general election audience," McConnell told conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Monday. "And some of the candidates who filed in these primaries clearly aren't. I'll be keeping an eye on that. Hopefully, we won't have to intervene. But if we do, we will."

McConnell's statement is rightly understood as a warning to former President Donald Trump, who has said repeatedly of late that he wants to play a very active role in the 2022 campaign.

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