March 23rd, 2010
08:07 PM ET
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McConnell: Republicans will run on 'repeal and replace'

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Tuesday that the GOP will make Democrats' recently passed health care bill the centerpiece of its midterm election strategy.

"Repeal and replace will be the slogan for the fall," McConnell said in an interview on John King, USA.

The leading Republican told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King there were some reforms in the health care bill that could have been agreed to on a bipartisan basis. But McConnell charged that the bill's cuts to the Medicare program, new taxes and the possibility of higher individual insurance premiums were all things that Republicans would like to see changed.

Explaining the "repeal and replace" slogan, McConnell added, "And we're going to remind the American people of that in the future and hopefully we'll be able to repeal the most egregious parts of this and replace them with things we could have done on a bipartisan basis much earlier this year."

McConnell sat down with King on the same day that debate began in the Senate on a second bill of amendments to the main health care bill that Congress passed Sunday. Republicans have already begun to submit a barrage of amendments to the second, smaller bill which are intended to make it very difficult for the second bill to make its way through the Senate unchanged as required by the special procedure Democrats are using to avoid a GOP filibuster.

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Asked about the second bill, the Kentucky Republican predicted that the smaller bill would not get any support from Senate Republicans.

"All of our members will vote no," McConnell told King. "And actually a number of Democrats will vote no as well. The only thing bipartisan about this bill will be the opposition to it."

McConnell left open the possibility of more debate over health care reform if his party is successful in preventing passage of the second bill in the Senate.

"The American people expect us to try to change this if we can, and if we can get a simple majority under the procedures that are laid out in this particular measure, we can change it, send it back to the House and continue the debate," McConnell told King. "And the debate, by the way, will not be over today. This is the beginning of it."

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Laverne

    This is a no brainer, it's all you got left old geezer!

    March 23, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Good luck with that

    March 23, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    We have witnessed the republican leadership promise to go against majority rules. Their totalitarian style of politics is un American. I hope all these liars and fear mongers lose their next election.

    March 23, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. j

    What a waste of time. And I hope that it turns out to be a losing strategy for the Republicans in a BIG way. Instead of instilling hope, they'd rather instill fear and hate. That's not change for the better.

    March 23, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. carlos

    go ahead repulsives,make more noise and our LIBERAL and DEMOCRATIC RESOLVE GROWSSTRONGER to kick your butts out of congress and DC

    March 23, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. stevetall

    Good luck with that plan. Let's see if the Republucans can keep America from moving forward (on anything) even longer than they already have!

    March 23, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Can anyone realistically look at the behavior of the Republicans in our House and Senate and tell me that they have anything besides their own self-aggrandizement? They stand for nothing but obstruction.

    March 23, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. Aspen Professor

    Isn't that odd? In one whole year and in the 8 long years of Bush – Cheney, the Repubs did not come up with a single idea regarding the reform of Health Care which is spiraling out of $$$ control.

    Their game is obvious. They are out to stop Obama in any way they can (lie, cheat, abuse etc etc. etc) and regain the control of Congress and the White House which they lost in 2006 and 2008.

    This approach is going to blow up in their face. Americans can be a bit ignorant themselves for a time but, sooner or later, they wake up and actually stop listening to the Rebub bought and paid for screamers and the idiots on the Fox Channel.

    March 23, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. Doesn't Matter

    You could run on a slogan like – Taste Great, Less Filling.... and that would give us reason enough to vote against the Dumbocrats.

    March 23, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. Kate

    I think the republicans are all wrong when they say the majority of americans are against this bill. They call themselves Christian...ha..
    why don't they want americans to have the basic security of healthcare. They have it. They call themselves conservative. They put a new meaning to conservative, meaning "just for me." They are acting stupidly and unamerican. They disgrace the halls of congress with their outbursts and ugly words.

    March 23, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. roch20

    I got news for botox-face, Rep. McConnell: "Say NO to the party of NO"!

    March 23, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. Hearit

    Republicans are trying to kidnap the phrase "the Ameriucan people", as if the majority are against the health care bill. It's a BIG LIE. We won't stand for it. It is one of the oldest advertising scams- "Bandwagon" The majority of the American people either support this bill, or are willing to wait and see how it plays out for them. The majority of the American people care that too many children had no health coverage, that too many couldn't afford health care. They care that too many were falling through the "doughnut hole". If they try to repeal this bill- we will take to the streets and show our support for health care justice. We will stand up for the ideas that made this country great.

    March 23, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. E. Williams

    How will the GOP or States that are suing the government pay for this costly lawsuit? I hope not with taxpayer funds. I think this is a waste of time let the health care reform take place and see what happens. I think this is more about who is in office at the time health care reform is being passed. I hope Congress will focus more on what is important.

    March 23, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Mickey

    McConnell, you domestic terrorist, you are done...your political career is over...

    March 23, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. Preston kathy

    The gop does not like human beans because repucks are not people

    March 23, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Keith in Austin

    I applaud all those fighting to defend our Nation from unconstitutional power grabs and obscene socialistic spending.

    The People will cast the final Obozocare vote in November!

    March 23, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. Blue

    That shows that they are really a party of NO. The republican party is getting more evil as each day passes by.

    March 23, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. The Man

    Here's a novel ideal, since our Republican say's that their always fighing for the American people. why don't they pic a battle that will show their REAL leadership like going against the BIG banks that we the american PEOPLE bailed out, and that is holding the hard working people of the middle class HOSTAGE ! instead of just being the party of NO! and show the American people what REAL leadership looks like.

    March 23, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. Indy

    The Republicans will do anything but WORK. They have done nothing in the last year and they have told the country that they are not going to do anything but obstruct until NOvember. Middle class people that quit doing their jobs get fired and loose their health care. The Republicans should be fired and loose their healthcare for doing squat for their country. They are sore losers that refuse to do anything good for America and have been doing this for nine straight years and in November they need to be fired once and for all.

    March 23, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. Buddy Gilmour

    My my aren't we creative!

    March 23, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    Thanks, CNN, for yet again letting McConnell spew his obstructionist garbage and not calling him on it.

    As long as you continue to legitimize these obstructionists and give credence you give to their lies, you will only keep galvanizing the lunatics they pander to.

    March 23, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. Carmelle



    1) Show me your plan
    2) Why didn't you do it in the passed 8 yrs?
    3) How will you pay for it without raising taxes or adding to the deficit

    More importantly:

    4) Why do you want to pull the plug on Grandma???

    March 23, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. Brian L

    Replace with what? You don't stand for anything!

    March 23, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    "...and hopefully we'll be able to repeal the most egregious parts of this and replace them with things we could have done on a bipartisan basis much earlier this year" if we hadn't been so busy trying to destroy the President.

    March 23, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. Repel What

    This bill is about to implode, Obama ran off without signing the Executive Order that he used to trick the anti-abortion democrats to support this scam of a bill.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see a few honest democrats withdrawal their support and call for a repeal.

    Once again, Obama has lied to the American People.

    March 23, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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