March 8th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama, McConnell find common ground?

(CNN) - Can the Republican National Committee bring the Senate GOP leader and President Obama together?

White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton intimated just that when he was asked Monday about a controversial RNC fundraising presentation containing degrading images of the president and Democratic congressional leaders.

"I saw that Mitch McConnell distanced himself from it yesterday, and I think we may have really found an issue where the president and Mitch McConnell agree," Burton said in a briefing with reporters aboard Air Force One.

Appearing Sunday on ABC's "This Week," McConnell distanced himself from the presentation. "I don't like it, and I don't know anybody who does," he said.

The RNC has come under fire for the internal party document that RNC Chairman Michael Steele, himself, has criticized.

Burton, when pressed by a reporter, would not say whether he thinks the RNC should take a stronger stand against the presentation.

"I mean, what Michael Steele decides to do with that individual and what the members of the RNC decide to do is really up to them," Burton said.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. scott from Michigan

    They got caught. They make Huge Issues from everything Obama tries to time them to face the music......caught RED HANDED spreading Hate. They did it allll during Cheney years. Here we go again. Scare people into siding w them

    March 8, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. diridi

    Mitch Mcconnol is an idiot...he has no brain at are Eric Cantor, and Mitt Romney....

    March 8, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Uncommon

    The Democrats are so gracious .... giving McConnell an opportunity to disprove the Party of No reputation that IS so richly deserved for the Republicans. Too bad, he won't find any other common ground with the President.

    Alas ... this Senator only distanced himself from this because the democrats and the independents found it sophomoric and insulting to the voters / supporters that the GOP was trying to squeeze money out of.

    Here's the real indicator though .... how many of us think that McConnel would have spoken out against this 5 years ago, 10 years ago 20 years ago???? I don't believe he would have .... therefore I don't believe his heart is guiding his actions today. Politics is....

    March 8, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    There will be no common ground until the congressional republican leadership denounces the childlike antics of the true leaders of the republican party, Beck and Limbaugh.

    March 8, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. lilacluvr

    The RNC is not going to do anything with this person that is obviously so dumb as to leave something so potentially damaging behind in the motel room. I've got to give it to the Republicans – they are some of the dumbest people God ever made.

    March 8, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Liar!

    Mitch and the rest of his KKK colleagues are distancing themselves from the presentation because it's an election year. If he's against it, he needs to tell that to the Tea Baggers. The photos we seen in the RNC presentation are the same one's the Tea Partiers have been rallying around.

    March 8, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. get real

    Mitch does like it but he will accept the money raised from these horrible tactics! I haven't seen a single republican say he refuses to take RNC funds until the money received from such ads is returned.

    March 8, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. andy

    I liked it and I thought it was great,I am not distancing myself from it.The clown prince and his 2 jesters.

    March 8, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Jim

    Of course the man would say that. But let's be honest. The slide show was sent out to Party leaders, and if I am not mistaken, you are one of those, sir. So try to be a little honest. I know it goes against your nature, but at least make an effort.

    March 8, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wow. A Rethugliklan that POSSIBLY sees that the smear and fear campaign has gone over the top? If the Rethugs just acted like DECENT human beigns they'd find they have A LOT more in common with our President than the things they disagree on. Go figure.

    March 8, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Rickey Lawrence

    The republicans distancing themselves from the leaked presentation is laughable. This is the same group of people who went out to Tea party gatherings when people were flashing these kind of images On posters and making outrageous statements on cards. Now thet try to appear schock that one of tehir own would use these kinds of tactics. Give me a brake. Certainly Michael Steele knew about this to believe he didn't is a joke. This phony outrage they potray when they get caught on these kinds of things at one of their own is a joke. Don't you think if they had condemn this stuff when they were going out there embracing the tea party activitists the person put together this presentation might have thought twice. Last for all the mimimum wage people who run out and vote for these guys agasinst their own self interest now you know what they think of you.

    March 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    Steele, Mitchell and all the other RNC's need to address the person that did this and fire them. If someone in the DNC had done this the tea bag idiots, GOP, fat boy rush, ignorant hannity, and golden boy bohener would be shouting for them to be fired. So what is that weak steel planning on doing?

    March 8, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Wisconsonite - It's Not Socialism, It's SANITY

    Oh PLEASE! These are the same fear-mongering, lying, racially motivated tactics that have been going on at every Tea Party gathering for months! Even the same images! But because McConnell has "distanced" himself now that the RNC got caught with it's pants down . . . .that makes it all OKAY???

    March 8, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. jm for sc

    The only regret Mconnell and Steele as well as many other republicans have of that presentation is that it became public.

    Republicans has campaigned on fear for many years. That stack of paper at the summit was another opportunity to scare people. Name any bills written or passed without a lot of paperwork.

    March 8, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. Cindy

    Can we trace the origins to this presentation? Just want to double-check and see if McConnell didn't already know about this but is only denouncing it now... now that it's public.

    March 8, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Brice

    hahaha.. I don't think McConnell is telling you the truth. McConnell, Steele, and Reps, they know about this ad "fear." Tell me anybody who did approve this ad at first place? How? That's why Steele asks all reps to follow his 12 stupid lists to stop Obama. All about Obama in their dreams. All of them are too good to be liars.

    March 8, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. The Calabash Kid

    Conservatives in Congress never own up to their own propaganda. They arrange for these preposterous and outrageous propaganda pieces, let them out so they can do as much damage as possible, and then disavow them. They blame the lies on some underling, but they never call them lies.

    Conservatives are sort of like Muslim terrorists. One group of them attacks a hospital or a school. Then another group of them says that the first group are not "true" Muslims.

    March 8, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Tommy

    Yeah, right.

    March 8, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |