January 19th, 2010
09:39 PM ET
10 years ago

McConnell: Voters have made it clear where they stand

Washington (CNN) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Tuesday night:

“I want to congratulate Senator-elect Scott Brown on his decisive victory. There’s a reason the nation was focused on this race: The voters in Massachusetts, like Americans everywhere, have made it abundantly clear where they stand on health care. They don’t want this bill and want Washington to listen to them. Americans are investing their hopes in good Republican candidates to reverse a year-long Democrat trend of ignoring the American people on the issues of health care, spending and the growth of government.”

Filed under: Massachusetts • Mitch McConnell • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Cris

    The people have spoken.

    January 19, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  2. j

    At least a third of the voters in this country are schizophrenic. They'll vote one way one time and another the next. They can't be counted relied on.

    January 19, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. Michael from Ventura

    I wondered how long it would take him to spout out his venom. This man and his party were in power many years and did terrible damage. The American people are irritated and upset- and the incumbent gets the brunt of it. However, the incumbent this time inherited the mess that Mitch and his buds caused.
    This particular liberal (me) intends to work even harder for ALL Americans to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That includeds Healthcare for ALL Americans- not just the ones of presently have jobs and money.

    January 19, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. Dean in PA

    So where are all your ideas on health care reform, McConnell? I haven't heard one single alternative from the republican party. All you wanted was to derail the democratic effort. You don't care about the people, you only want to WIN. You make me sick.

    January 19, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. liberal wingnut

    They made in clear in the polls but the liberals keep pushing their liberal California style policies on America.

    January 19, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  6. josiah

    way to go Obama – real great – someone or many should be fired for their lack of creativity and foresight in predicting this – if this is how Boma runs his ship then they deserve to lose the majority – I'm a Democrat and I'm sick of the LAME, weak, and pathetic way Democrats are conducting themselves and the people's business – way too busy playing crap politics and blustering form an incoherent mob of idiots – do you realize what your slack attitudes and vision have just allowed to happen – really OBAMA – where is the CHANGE – you ain't done nothin!

    January 19, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. Nevada dude

    Oh shut up Mitch–wasnt it you that ignored Americans when you went along with Bush's invasion of Iraq, and when you gave tax breaks to the rich? i dont see you as a good implementor of the People's will.

    fact is, this election was won by a 3% margin, hardly a mandate. fact is, Coakley ran a horrible campaign with no clear platform. while Brown ran an effective grass-roots campaign (though somewhat pandering with the pickup truck gimmick).

    Fact is, this was a Massachusetts, which already has universal health care, so its residents do not know what it is like to be without health care.

    January 19, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. carole

    Oh, Senator McConnell, how quickly you forget! What goes around
    comes around. The American public is very fickle, and continued
    attempts at making sure no work is done for the American people
    will be called out and called out loudly. This vote means that you
    have to help get some things done, not that you have been given
    permission to stop all work in the Senate. The hard work for your
    party is just beginning.

    January 19, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. normajean

    This man. is saying that todays voters have made it clear where Americans everywhere stand on health care. That is so bizarre as to be an outright lie. The majority of this countrys voters did not vote in Massachusetts today and certainly did not all indicate in any way that they did not want this bill. One states votes for one Senator do not speak for the entire country and it's laughable to say they do. Mitch Mcconnell has been against this bill from the very beginning and has been more than obvious with his opinions. As to the Republicans picking up the health care issue, they better get busy because they've done NOTHING for a year. Times awastin"

    January 20, 2010 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  10. H. Burow

    People in Mass have a health insurance program. It's easy for them to vote against health care. What about the rest, just as us Texans who live in a backwards state? The Repubs and Indeps voting against health care reform should be consistent and not seek any public support when they get sick (whether through the ER or other public programs). However, I expect that most of them without insurance are selfish hypocrits that will scream in town halls against health care but rely on expensive public assistance (e.g., at ERs) paid through my tax dollars. Here is my message to you: you boycott really health care reform so go treat yourself when you get sick. You deserve to become bankrupt paying your health care bills.

    January 20, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  11. Ken, AZ

    As usual, I think McConnell and the GOP are misreading the message sent by this election. The voters of Massachusetts could not give a rat's ass less about health care reform; they already have it. The message they're sending is that they're sick and tired of the wheeling and dealing the politicians in Washington are doing, both Democrats and Republicans.

    January 20, 2010 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  12. Just Me

    Mitch, you can just take your opinion and shove it. Sorry, but I am not in the mood to hear the Republicans gloat over this.

    January 20, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  13. Nea

    Voter really are not to pround of Republicans either they are just mad with the Democrats right now so who else will they turn to and then again a lot of people donot vote in mid-term elections anyway some only vote during Presidential elections.

    January 20, 2010 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  14. Bob Peters (Illinois)

    Wrong. This vote was purely about anger, misguided anger because of the money spent by congress to keep the economy from completely disintegrating!

    January 20, 2010 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  15. vwrtb

    I want to puke! Vile greasy, fascist, republicans! More tax breaks for the rich! I'm sooo excited!

    January 20, 2010 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  16. annie

    Why does anyone think this has anything to do with President Obama. I believe it has everything to do with Congress. It has been absolutely astounding to see the behavior of elected officials. The concern is about partisanship, politics, power, perks and the next election. There will be no change until we vote everyone in office, that is only in their for their personal gain, out of office. This country is in a mess and it is because of Congress. It happened long before our current president was elected. There have been so many lies told in the past year, that it sickens me. The media has been horrible at letting people lie and not making anyone accountable. John McCain has been a total disappointment. How dare he criticize anyone when he googled his vice-presidential candidate, make him accountable.

    January 20, 2010 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  17. annie

    The media sets the tone because they control the airwaves. News used to be about facts, but now it is about controversy. Enough is enough. It is time for the media to own up their responsibility and make our elected accountable for what they and what they do. Enough with the sound bites and the lies. Tell the truth about how we got into this debt. Tell the truth about every congress person that takes money from special interest. Tell the truth about how congress wrote the laws with loop holes. Make our elected officials tell the truth when they are being interviewed. Don't let them get away with non answers or changing the subject. You have a responsibility, take it serious. Enough with telling one side of the story.

    January 20, 2010 02:41 am at 2:41 am |