January 27th, 2010
10:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Mitch McConnell statement on State of the Union address

After the jump, read the full statement issued by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:

“The President is always welcome at the Capitol, especially at a time when there is so much important work to be done on behalf of the American people.

“The President talked about jobs tonight. This is a welcome change in focus after the President and his administration spent nearly an entire year pursuing a partisan health care plan that would have spent trillions of dollars we don't have rather than on a plan for getting Americans back to work. I'm hopeful the administration's new focus on the economy will lead it to say no to more spending and debt, more bailouts, and more government.

“The President's words about the importance of deficit reduction are timely. The times require that we build upon these modest proposals. Americans are concerned about what kind of country we will leave to our children. The administration could address this concern right away by directing unspent Stimulus and TARP funds to pay down the federal deficit, and it could implement a true spending freeze. It could also assure families and small businesses that their taxes will not go up at the end of the year, as currently planned.

“The administration could also reassure Americans who are still rattled by the attempted Christmas Day bombing by vowing to make a priority of preventing the next terrorist attack, not treating captured terrorists like common criminals so we can place them in a civilian court. Americans have a right to find out everything captured terrorists know in order to prevent future terrorist attacks.

“Americans are concerned about government spending, debt, jobs, and keeping the homeland safe. They expect us to focus on these core issues until we get them right. In the year ahead, there is much work to be done, and the task before us is clear. We need to get Americans back to work and remain focused on keeping America secure and putting our nation back on the road to prosperity. Republicans look forward to working with the President on these shared goals.”

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    McConnell = Jinal Part 2

    January 27, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. Albert K. L.A., CA

    The only jobs you Republicans have created are the jobs of the workers who will be serving you on your vacation to Hawaii.

    January 27, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. brian smith

    please impeach the whole democratic party!

    January 27, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  4. farmer

    Too bad Mitch wasn't that concerned about the deficit when the R's were handing out money as fast as it could be printed ... to Halliburton, the mercenaries and their political backers.

    January 27, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. Gerald Pollak

    This is probably the best one can expect from a GOP response. And it's not bad...I don't agree with most of it, but the comments are generally fair and positive. If everyone can act constructively, maybe we can get through this.
    Mr. Wilson, Gregson, Limbaugh, Olbermann, etc. Please grow up and work for America instead of for your own egos.

    Gerald Pollak
    North Haven, CT

    January 27, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  6. mario ca.

    So resign

    January 27, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  7. Beverly in NC

    McConnell is the lead obstructionist completely out of touch with the reality of America. He comes from one of the poorest states where people do not have healthcare, do not have good-paying jobs, and suffer from coal-related health problems. Has he done one thing for these people? NO. Has he shown any concern for their well-being? NO Has he offered one solution or one idea to help any American? NO

    He, like the rest of his Party of NO, has done NOTHING all year but tell lies, spread hate, fear, and racism. He is just another space-taker who does not earn his salary or all his perks.

    He is also in trouble in Kentucky because his constituents are also frustrated with his do-nothingness.

    Republicans are delusional if they think they gained any momentum this year. Americans hate republicans and that's why their approval rating is lower than George Bush.

    How sad a whole Party can be so stupid, so selfish, so racist, and so clueless. Time to send them home so they watch FOX all day.

    January 27, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  8. d mac

    Republicans aren't gonna work with President. Yes it is about race. sorry but it is about race. Republicans don't have any ideas. That election in MA doesn't mean anything. Coakley is solely to blame. She ran a sorry ass campaign, Republicans have never been bipartisan and will continue to give negative and false ideas so the president can fail. My money and support is on Obama. I don't know why the Republicans support failure of America.

    January 27, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  9. Ellen

    I'm sure there are some people out there who don't think for themselves who will buy McConnell's latest crap. I, personally, will never vote for a Republican again. They have brought government to a standstill and have done nothing to help Americans. Obama was right on the money.

    January 27, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  10. Danny Piper

    Spent trillions? He lies! The CBO says it saves money. It adds over 10 years of solvency to Medicade. Where's the fact check, CNN?

    January 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  11. shelleyt

    Self-serving but almost conciliatory. Novel.

    January 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  12. Anna B.

    Same old... same old...same old...

    January 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  13. Kent Wickham

    McConnell – you're a windbag.

    January 27, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  14. Ted in Minnesota

    CNN is doing "fact checks" on the content of Obama's speech. How about also doing "fact checks" on the Republican responses? It seems only fair...

    January 27, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. Danny Piper

    I can't believe that he would inflate the value of a failed terrorist. No, we don't care about that anymore. I'm sure the terrorists would like to know that Americans are still shaken up. But we're not. Boy, was he grasping.

    January 27, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. Michael from Ventura

    I wonder if he realizes that the cameras were on him while he was leading the smirking parade. He will come to realize that there is a BIG difference in being the loyal opposition and just saying NO to every bill brought to floor by Democrats-the President called them out and it's about time!

    January 27, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  17. A disgusted former Republican

    McConnell is a good one to talk about excessive spending. When his party controlled Congress, they spent money like drunken sailors. Even worse, they refused to pay for their spending by opting to put it on the credit card for future generations to pay. Now they they try to pretend that Republicans are fiscally as well as socially conservative. Republicans presided when the Bush administration increased the size of government and more than doubled the national debt – the largest increase ever. What a bunch of liars!

    January 27, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  18. Taylor

    Mitch McConnell you are so beige

    January 27, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  19. Marv Goodman

    Was the Bush administration equally at fault as the present one, in the handling of a terrorist who attempted to blow up a passenger aircraft?

    January 27, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  20. Danny Piper

    The Health Care debate was partisan because the Republicans made it partisan. Our economy, families, and businesses need health care reform. But the Republicans have sided with special interests, and spread lies about reform, like "death panels."

    A Harvard study found the 45,000 Americans die every year because they lack insurance. That's NINE 9/11's A YEAR! And it's the number one reason for home foreclosures and bankruptcies. But the Republicans do not care because they get lots of money from the insurance companies.

    This is the most ethically bankrupt Republican party to ever exist. America has one of the most inefficient health care (sic) systems in the world. We rank 41st in infant mortality! (near that) We need real reform, and Republicans just want to play politics. It's profits before people for the Republicans. It's shameful!

    January 27, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  21. Michele

    I am sure that you look forward to NOT working with the President, because, gee, then he wouldn't fail, would he, and poor Rush would be mad at you. I say, give Republicans 30 days to work with the program...if they fail to cooperate, the heck with them. Run the bills through without them.

    January 27, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  22. Danny Piper

    I know why Mitch didn't deny that the Republicans created much of the deficit, as the President pointed out. Because he can't! The Republicans took us from a surplus to a record deficit with a failed economic policy. Mitch can not say that his party was the party of fiscal discipline. They were the party of unfunded tax cuts and wasteful wars.

    January 27, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  23. Marv Goodman

    You state Americans are still rattled by the administration's handling of the would-be airpland bomber on Xmas day. Were they equally rattled by the Bush administration's handling of the same problem (the shoe bomber)? This administration is following exactly the same procedure as did Bush's.
    C'mon mister Republican leader, tell us exactly how it should be done, to prevent the American people from being rattled!

    January 27, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  24. Kathy Kelly

    If anybody actually takes the time to look at some of the polls, they will see that most people do support health care reform. I, speaking as an American, am very concerned about health care reform, just as much as I care about jobs. We can not put this country back on the road to prosperity without this important reform, it is a huge financial draim on our economy to have so many people uninsured. I hope that Mr. McConnel is sincere in his desire to work with the President and the majority of US Senators to make some changes.. If not, we know that doing the same old thing will only result in the same old result!

    January 27, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  25. Dan

    When will Senators like McConnell start working for Americans instead of working for elections?

    No more excuses, no finger pointing.

    If either party slows down a bill for jobs, that party better watch out. Americans will turn on any party that slows down jobs.

    January 27, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
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