March 19th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
8 years ago

DNC ad aims at 'plotting' by McConnell

A new ad is taking aim at McConnell.

A new ad is taking aim at McConnell.

(CNN) - With the expected House vote on health care reform days away, the Democratic National Committee is launching a new ad Friday that blasts Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for "plotting" to block the sweeping legislation.

The 30-second spot, which is set to air in the Washington, D.C., area, highlights a recent New York Times report that McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has long planned to use his "extensive knowledge of Senate procedure" to slow or even stop passage of the final bill.

"Even before President Obama took office he was plotting his obstruction, and Senate Republicans stood with him, playing politics and protecting their special interest allies. Mitch McConnell and Republican games, that's what's wrong with Washington," the ad states.

McConnell told the Times on Tuesday that it is "critical" Republicans maintain their opposition to the health care bill.

"If the proponents of the bill were able to say it was bipartisan, it tended to convey to the public that this is OK … it's either bipartisan or it isn't."

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  1. j

    The health care reform bill has measures in it that the Republicans, under a Republican president, would agree with. So again, they are being hypocrites. The Republicans are playing political games with the welfare of the country at stake. The health reform isn't perfect but it's a starting point. It will reduce the deficit. It doesn't contain any of the lies the Conservatives are spreading about it.

    March 19, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. FM

    Unfortunately McConnell hasn't practised his wisdom as many expected. Better McCain sometimes he does!

    March 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. ART

    This is whats wrong in Washington a washed up old fart who does not care about the middle class, the man looks like he's half dead. Its time to retire and leave Governing to a new generation

    March 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. ran

    Enough of the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans.

    Democrats do what ever is needed to pass this bill and then do the same for ever other bill.

    People if we want our country back we must elect either a true Democrat or an Independent. We need to send a clear message to the Republicans no more of their hate/fear/obstructionism/purity ideology.

    March 19, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Gale Shipman

    This just shows how stupid the DNC is or how stupid the DNC thinks democrats are. The republicans are in the minority and have no way to block anything. Obama's problems are coming from with the democrat party, not from the republicans. Get real.

    March 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. browbeater

    If the Dems propaganda machine has you feeling queesy now you have not seen anything yet. Reminds me of the press releases from the Soviet's Tass and Pravda back in the 60's and 70's. If this health care bill had any serious worth it would not be so hard to pass. This is a scam brought to you by the party of lie.

    March 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. lovable liberal

    Fight back!

    On the House side, prep those ads that *show* the vote on health care with a clip of C-SPAN.

    Voiceover: "Here's the vote the House took to pass heath care reform. The Republicans and their media allies told you that Democrats would pass this without voting on it. Why do you think they lied about that?"

    March 19, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Pete in Toronto Canada

    Plotting? That's akin to TREASON!
    Have the people of the greatest country in the world the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, elected 'rebels and plotters' trying overthrow a legitimate government?

    March 19, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If he and other Republicans had actually gotten off their ideologically driven horse and really tried to work with Democrats, then I would have less of a problem with his opposition. As far as I can tell, it seems that the Republicans led by McConnell don't want the system to change. They don't see the idea that getting more people into the health system could save some money in the future; less people going to the ER for regular things. I think that there is also a moral issue; how can we let people suffer when they can get access to medical care with some legislation. Maybe Kunicich was correct and health insurance companies should be forced to go bact to being non-profit companies; run as charities rather than for profit.

    March 19, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. JSRagman

    Why isn't this ad running nation wide?

    March 19, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Torch

    Hey, I got no problem with McConnell.

    It's now "deem and pass" "reconcilliation"

    At least he's using Senate Rules.

    Stick back hard in the eyes of the Donkeys!

    March 19, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Brink

    Little Mitchy and Boehner are one trick ponies. Play ball with the "team" is their mantra and their "team" is not their constituents or the American people. Americans are not fooled and will remember when it is time to vote in November and beyond.

    March 19, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Anon

    McConnell is a complete and utter moron. So are all republicans. They are so stupid they can't even see that their entire philosophy of government is wrong-headed. This sounds like a conspiracy and a conspiracy is illegal. All republicans in the congress should be arrested and jailed for treason!

    March 19, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Abel

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell?????????? Come on CNN you can do better than this.

    March 19, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    An eye for an eye will make the world go blind. Supposing demos take this stand next time they are minority party? This is abuse of democracy of the highest definable degree. Its big shame to our great nation. Lies are just big block of ice sir.

    March 19, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Karl

    You wouldn't see one of these GOP clowns take the risks you see Dem's taking on this vote. They just hide behind each other, praying for their political lives.

    March 19, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Craig

    Why is it that you can't let news conferences go longer. We don't need you talking heads comments, we want to hear what the people talking are saying. You guys have 24 hours to make your comments. We really don't care what CNN has to say as much as the people speaking do. I'm getting very frustrated with this news channel!

    March 19, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Kevin in Ohio Kettle.

    Geez..... the PLOTTING that has been done has been done on the democrat side. Arm twisting, bribes, favors, Chicago style threats. They can kiss their majority goodbye come November.

    Unfortunately, that will be too late to reverse the incredible damage they have done to this country. Its a very sad day.

    March 19, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. File under "Sarcasm"

    It's the pot calling the kettle black. The DNC and Democrats are equally "plotting" to pass the bill to save Obama's agenda. What they are trying to ignore is that the majority of Americans don't want the bill passed regardless of what the Republicans do.

    March 19, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. GUEST

    Oh my gosh. How horrible! He was plotting to follow the constitution!
    We certainly can't have that. The unions and Obama need to get their way no matter if it means stomping upon what this country was founded.

    March 19, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. donna

    thisad will make people want to vote for him!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 19, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. boo

    McConnell is a simpleton, with no ablity to understand the issues at hand, concerned only with party allegiance, not the greater good of the american people. He uses the typical republican tactic of confusing the issue with lies and half-truths since he cannot argue on a factual basis to defend his position.

    March 19, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Republicans have no ideas, except to cut taxes for the wealthy, start unfunded wars and de-regulate business so it can make profits without consequences.

    And they've never gotten over the fact that the LOST in November 2008, when America finally accepted the fact that Republicans don't care about them.

    All Republicans can offer is fear, hate, division, lies and obstruction. You bet they've been plotting and planning to block anything President Obama tries to do to help our country. And they'll stop at nothing in their efforts, even if it takes our country down the toilet.

    GOP = Party Before Country 24/7

    March 19, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Dr.Virginia Lubell

    The biggest mistake the media made was to lump all opposition to the health care reform to conservatives and Republicans. If the media had and would talk about the Progressives not supporting the bill because it doesn't go far enough to have Universal Health care then the media now could talk about how the Republicans just don't want people to have health care ... or protection from the banks ... or the other things that safeguard our humanity from the theory 'The Market Rules'. This has gotten out of hand because all the media has put opposition to the bill into the same camp therefore people think there is unified opposition.

    March 19, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Mike in MN

    The simple truth is McConnell is going to use whatever procedures that are available to him to stop a bill a majority of voters do not want. And Obama and the Dems are going to use whatever procedures are at their disposal to try and pass a bill a majority of voters do not want. Who do you think a majority of voters are going to be the most angry with?
    The 5 most recent polls on Obamacare dating back to 3/14 all show a majority of voters are opposed to Obamacare with a composit of 51%opposed and only 39% for. Anyone interested can find the list posted in

    March 19, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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