January 27th, 2010
10:57 PM ET
8 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.”


soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Prevaricator

    McConnell is an obstructionist to any policy put forth by the democrats.

    January 27, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  2. Peter s

    Republicans are the worst pretenders! George bush just did that! why complain now?

    January 27, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  3. Carole

    The talking Scarecrow from the Party Of NO

    January 27, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. sharon

    I thought that this man was extremely boring and for the most part just repeated rhetoric and party agenda remarks . What was even more humorous was the fact that this man looked like he was just reading a speech rather then actually speaking to the American public , something the Republicans have accused Mr .Obama of .

    January 27, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  5. Brian in California

    SO Mitch where exavtly does the CBO estimate that "a partisan health care plan that would have spent trillions of dollars we don't have."?
    'Cause you know the estimate I've seen and anyone else who looks it up sees less than a trillion.

    A partisan healthcare bill?? Wasn't the Senate Finance Committee a bipartisan committee that put together much of the current Senate bill?

    "Americans are concerned about what kind of country we will leave to our children."

    Uh huh...and Mitch where was this concern for our children when your party was spend, spending and oh yeah SPENDING!?!?

    "It could also assure families and small businesses that their taxes will not go up at the end of the year,"

    I believe the President already has said that there have been NO tax increases fo small bussinesses/families and will be further cuts. Additionally, there will be no tax hikes except for families making over $250,000.

    "Republicans look forward to working with the President on these shared goals.”
    Yeah, hopfully you will 'cause many Americans are getting tired of all the "No" to everything tactic.

    January 27, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. Sic semper tyrannis

    Is there anyone not wearing a drool bib who is "still rattled by the attempted Christmas Day bombing"? Me and most middle class Americans don't have time to worry about the faulty contents of one nut job's underwear I have to work a couple jobs to make enough money to pay the mortgage that is now underwater. Goldman Sachs was done more damage to this country than a thousand underwear bombers could ever do.

    BTW, still worried about terrorism?


    January 28, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  7. p

    Cannot stand this guy.

    January 28, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  8. sara

    I hope so with in mind that you are not the President, his pie, your opinion, and compromise. Something you and your party should have been doing for a year..... Honest Americans know who the obstructionist are.

    January 28, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. Abe

    Mitch McConnell has a life time health coverage so he does not have to worry. I want him to walk the walk and see how many million Americans are suffering because they do not have what he has. So believe in working , dialoguing with the democrats to come up with a meaningful heath coverage for the American people. Stop putting a scare in our kids and our grand children that they will be paying for all this deficit and spending. What the two parties should do especially the republicans instead being a road block is to pave the road and coming up with change that will benefit our future generation. God Bless our country.

    January 28, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    What about the Antrax terrorist; the shoe bomber; were these criminals NOT terrorist???

    January 28, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  11. cc

    this guy needs to get lost

    January 28, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  12. sensible

    Oh finally your party has found out about the word YES.

    January 28, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  13. wally

    Mitch McConnell is irrelevant as are the Republicans and the TP folks.

    January 28, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  14. Anthony

    YOU LIE!!!!

    January 28, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  15. Bruce Wright

    So, I guess the Republicans really don't have much of a substantive response. It was a great speech. Why can't we see a Republican Party that really tries to work with the majority in the Congress as well as with the President? Let's hope that the Republicans really act as McConnell says in his last paragraph instead of continuing to make every issue something about which to filibuster. The minority as rights, it should make its views known, but the Republican congressional majority must begin to work rationally, not to simply block the work of the congressional majority. As a citizen of a large state with two senators whose views I mostly respect I am appalled that a minority, representing an even smaller minority of the population is able to block reform.

    January 28, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  16. Giselle

    I am tired of the Republicans tearing down. The President and the people well most of the people desire a change. We are tired of the Repubs partying on behalf of their lobbyist We want change and we the people will work with the president for a change. We are tired of the tea Partiers and the Haters. Go away and since most of tyyou profess to be christians, think, What would Jesus DO!

    January 28, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  17. Richard Kanes

    Does anyone else find the term "the homeland" just a little bit creepy? What's next, fireside rallies?

    January 28, 2010 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  18. Nea

    We will see!

    January 28, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  19. Jeannie

    Hopefully this time he will focus on the real issue – jobs!!!!!!

    January 28, 2010 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  20. John

    Nice – so Republicans support torture. Good to know this is their official stance, communicated by their standard-bearer . . . so I can know never to vote Republican again.

    January 28, 2010 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  21. John Hartmann

    Hey, Mitch,

    I'm surprised that you didn't critisize the President's comments expressed about the Supreme Court's decision to allow unlimited funds from Corporations to wash over the American people's election process. This is your issue, isn't it? You are known for anti campaign finance reform. You want big business to be allowed to spend what they will to influence election outcomes and also to line the pockets of lobbiests as they continue to gain the ear of our Congressman with respect to the laws of this nation. You are no more for the voice of the people than my cat is.

    January 28, 2010 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  22. Bertina

    Why wasn't this all worked on when Bush was in????

    January 28, 2010 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  23. John Hartmann


    The people of the United States of America voted for this President and what he campaigned for. You are nothing but the lead obstructionist in this country. I will do all I can to see you unseated in your next campaign to fool Kentuckians into voting for you again.

    January 28, 2010 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  24. Average Joe in America

    Attention!! Mich McConnell, did you ever raise any eyebrow when Pres Bush was out spending any president in the history of the country?
    How many attacks were the gitmo detainees able to provide that were acurate?
    just these few words for you. 8 years after the gitmo detainees you and all the intelligence gotten from then did zero to Osama bin laden and his co hots. if that didnt work lets wait and see the ones that will work.

    January 28, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  25. AnnieL

    Can't wait to see the Republican healthcare bill that will cover the uninsured, reduce costs without changing anybody's coverage, not force anybody or any business to buy insurance, not mess with Medicare, all without increasing anybody's premiums or taxes or the deficit. Critics are a dime a dozen. Deliver the goods, Republicans, or shut up.

    January 28, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
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