March 19th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
4 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. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Old Turtlehead,Mitch here,comes from Kentucky where the word "redneck came from".Rednecks were union miners who were fighting the company goons.They tied red hankerchiefs around their necks so as not to beat in the heads of their own men.They started the union movement in the coal industry.We havent come to far since those ugly days.The companies of today still favor slavery and so does Mitch.

    March 19, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. oh come on

    Senate Majority Leader McConnell? Come on, CNN. I wonder how Harry Reid feels.

    March 19, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Pete

    Hey idiots from CNN Mcconnel is the minority leader. Can't you overpaid guys get your facts right.

    March 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Johnny DC

    And Obama and his people haven't protected their special interests with every step they take?

    Please.

    March 19, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. phoenix86

    Democrats are willing to vote FOR a bill that HAS NOT been written yet.

    I think the democrats are really mentally challenged.

    March 19, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Kevin

    McConnell is a dirty old man. He is what's wrong with congress and Washington. At a point these men get too old and just not concerned with people, but rather their own egos and legacy before they bite the big one. It has nothing to do with them wanting to do what's best or acting in anyone's interests.

    March 19, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. MARLA WILLIAMS

    well it is about time!!. the RNC does not have a problem doing it to the DNC so good for the DNC, I would like to see them get more Rowdy!! the RNC will say what ever they want and are Disrespectful to President Obama all the time. GO DNC KNOCK EM' DOWN...

    March 19, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Ron

    For those of you familiar with the way the old Soviet Union operated, the way that the Democrat-Socialist Party works today is familiar.

    March 19, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Gary

    I don't need an ad to tell me that. Just watch any news station. Including Faux. This has been evident for 2 years now.

    March 19, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    IF the DEMS had the votes (and to be sure, they DO have a clear majority, so the decision is in fact THEIRS), then McConnell would be powerless. What leverage he may have is only related to the fact that Pelosi and Reid are trying to use smoke and mirrors and clearly unconstitutional procedures because they DO NOT have the up and down votes for this overwhelmingly unpopular bill.

    I agree with Mitch that these loony Dems' efforts to thwart the clear will of the people and bypass our constitution must be stopped by whatever means may be available.

    March 19, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Annie Jo Kappler

    Mitch McConnell is whats ugly about the Republican party! They just don't seem to get it. That's why they lost the last election. It's a RIGHT for every American citizen to have health care.

    March 19, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Gary

    The way so many people see this situation, both here and abroad, is that the GOP wants to maintain the status quo, regain power, and keep the good 'ol white boy club intact. I haven't heard one suggestion from McConnell as to how to make this bill a joint effort between the two major parties. Just say "No" and the Republican motto "Get sick, die quick".

    March 19, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Sick of (mostly) white, arrogant dum-sh***!

    I am a white 47 year-old employed middle class Christian female and I am ashamed that most of the "Obama Haters" are white men and women, proclaiming to be Christian. Take for example, this gem:

    Vote out all Democrap Communists now before it's too late

    Would Jesus approve of your hate-spewing? What would he say? Answer me please with and intelligent, well thought out response. Something other than crass, stupid hateful comments.

    March 19, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. this black liberal hates Obama

    Mitch McConnell's plan to block legislation may actually work if the DNC is willing to put out this Desparate and STUPID add!

    March 19, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Charlie New Mexico

    The quality of CNN continues to decline... I suppose that it is simply an indication of educational quality in the US.. Please note the fact that the writer refers to Senator McConnell as "Senate MAJORITY Leader"... I don't have an Ivy league degree . (State college on the GI bill was best I could do...) But I do know that as a Republican, Senator McConnell is the MINORITY leader....There is a difference between Majority and Minority... Too bad the editors and writers at CNN have yet to learn that fact.......

    March 19, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. MikeH

    Banish McConnel to Somalia, it's his kind of country. When he decides to act responsibly he can come back to America.

    March 19, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Dave

    Bahahahaha!! This was supposed to be funny, right? Since both parties plot, play games and snow the people. This is funny. I will be glad for the day the majority wakes up to the two-party scam being played.

    March 19, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Al

    I have to presume that Senator McConnell years for the "OLD" ways of doing things. I make another presumption, that same Senator might envision himself living in the "OLD" days, that he might have been called Colonel, instead of Senator. That he might also own a large plantation and some poor ignorant black soul called Obama would be his slave. Sorry Senator, those days no longer exist. I wonder if when you are no longer here on earth with the rest of us, i wonder if some poor old black woman might step forward and announce to all of the world that you are her father. If that should possibly happen, you will not go down into history as being the first southern Senator to be a hypocrite, you do remember Strom don't you?

    March 19, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    This is a little like accusing Ike Eisenhower, during WWII, of "plotting" to "obstruct" Hitler. Or accusing NATO and the US of "plotting" for almost half a century to "obstruct" the Soviet Union's complete seizure of Europe.

    Someone has to stop the insane fiscal irresponsibility of the Democrats, and if Mitch McConnell can do it, great!

    March 19, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Michelle

    Mitch McConnell is the Senate Minority Leader, not the Senate Majority Leader – that would be Harry Reid. Where's your editor?

    March 19, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. CCLady

    Excuse me, but the last I heard, McConnell was the Senate MINORITY leader, not the Majority leader, for which we can all the grateful.

    March 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. bts

    Why should Republicans "maintain their opposition to the bill" as McConnell states? Is he doing all the thinking for them? Why not just read it for yourself and see if it's in the best interest of the COUNTRY not just Republican interest? And WHY are Republicans NOT INTERESTED in the HEALTH of this nation? How are we to compete if only the ELITE are healthy? It's the MASSES that do all the work anyway....the people need this. It's in EVERYONE'S best interest.

    March 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. katiec

    I am so disgusted, discouraged and sick of these republican politicians putting party, personal gains and hypocrasy above the welfare of the American people and our country.
    They are well on their way to becoming our countries most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    March 19, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Dave

    Perhaps Mr. McConnell forgot about this little thing called the 2008 election. It's the one where Obama trounced McCain and the Democrats maintained control of Congress. In other words, McConnell and his band of drooling twits lost that election. Losing means you don't get to make decisions. At least that's how it was when the GOP was running the show. Of course it's a different story now...

    March 19, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. PLAY THE COMMERCIAL IN KENTUCKY

    putting this ad in Washington DC doesn't really do anything. If you want to make it count, broadcast it in Kentucky. As a person from Louisville, I can personally say that a lot of folks there are unaware of what Mitch McConnel is up to.

    March 19, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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