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. maf

    Repeal and Replace??? Should have got involved when you had a chance! Wake up GOP, you will have nothing to run on when the health bill proves to be a great piece of legislation!

    John McCain states that the Republicans will NOT support anything else going forward! Wow, what a surprise. When all you say is NO, the voters will echo that and vote NO for your re-election!

    March 23, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. Dylan from MN

    Your party proposed NOTHING! NOTHING AT ALL! President Obama tried to include you but you gave NOTHING! Your party has given this country nothing but problems, your philosophy is out-dated and part of the past. We're moving into the future, with or without you.

    March 23, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. liberal wingnut

    A slogan that will be very successful!

    March 23, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Perusing-through


    Six of the eight years Bush/Cheney ruled America, the Republicans controlled both the House and Senate. The GOP did nothing when they had a chance; they did nothing for the past 80+ years, and they have said NO every time Obama reached out for bipartisan support.

    No need to hire Republicans when their only action is to say NO and doing NOTHING.

    March 23, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Malcolm in St. louis

    Great news, they will get creamed.

    March 23, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Malcolm in St. louis

    uncivilized behavior, the hallmark of today's Republicans.

    March 23, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. tmart

    What complete and total HYPOCRITES Republican politicians are. I find this idea that they will run on "repeal and replace" to be utterly repugnant. Every single independent out there ought to see through that in a heartbeat if they have a lick of sense.

    March 23, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Vaughn

    So sad. The Republican base is circling the drain and they are so oblivious to it all.

    March 23, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. hobart

    Repeal and replace is what we'll do to Mitch "Ditch Mitch" McConnell and his Repiublican cronies. The American people are bloody sick and tired their loathsome lies, hypocrisy, and hate mongering.

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    March 23, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. Center left-out

    Hey, Sen. McConnell I like my hopey changey feeling health care .

    Thanks Sarah Palin.

    March 23, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. Victor

    Republicans are very nice and always ready to lend a helping hand.

    March 23, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  12. IndependentsUnite

    Our group and anyone else we can convince, wiil be voting for repeal of the healthcare bills and replacing anyone who voted for them.Never have I seen such a blatant, total disregard for the American people as this bunch of far left liberals are doing now.They are arrogant, ignorant and must have taken lessons from lenin, marx and mussolini, in the old days they would have been tarred, feathered and put on a rail out of town for the damage being done.

    March 23, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. Doug

    Please, please, pretty please with sugar on top... let the GOP follow this strategy. It's the best thing that could happen to Democrats for the midterms.

    March 23, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. Mike

    Repeal & replace = party of NO

    Once again the idea-less party has nothing more positive to run on than to oppose what someone else has done. You can only use hate, fear and anger so much until it eats at the soul. Good luck GOP, I don't think they'll do as well on the mid-terms as they would like

    March 23, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. Denna

    Ah, "repeal and replace". So actually, you are going to do what you should have done in the first place: cooperate. If I was a suspicious woman, I would say that was the plan all along. To refuse to help, the come up with some "good ideas" while campaigning. You make me want to puke. Hello Coffee Party. We need to combat this nonsense or we will wind up living in another war torn hell.

    March 23, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    How cute – the Republicans are using alliteration again to rally their imbecile followers!

    Republicans have never had and never will have any intention of creating meaningful health care reform.

    They also will never stop their efforts to make our President and our country fail.

    And I just don't get it; if what the Republicans are capable of doing is so fine and dandy, then why after 8 years of Bush/Cheney and 30 years of Reaganomics, our country landed in the toilet?

    Only a fool would vote Republican!

    March 23, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. ib

    Sounds good to me; go for it. Remember in Nov.

    March 23, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Republicans don't have any ideas; all they have are tried-and-failed economic, military and foreign policies.

    They are just tapping into people's frustration over the economy (which the Republicans took down the toilet), turning this anger against President Obama and the Democrats, instead of doing something constructive with it – like working with the President to further his agenda which is helping our country.

    God forbid the Republicans should ever do anything to help anyone except themselves and their cronies!

    GOP = Party Before Country

    March 23, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. Merry Marta

    If the new healthcare bill offends you, then stick by your principles! Refuse ALL of the benefits available now and in the future. The more of you that refuse to partake of this bill, the more money available for those that want and need it. After all, you Republicans or your families NEVER get sick, get laid off, fired, and your premiums are stable and low, right?? How wonderful it must be to feel so secure and confident that your sky will never fall on you.

    March 23, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  20. JR

    Why are they acting like they wanted to provide healthcare reform. They were the party in power for 12 years and how many times did THEY bring up reforming healthcare? NEVER.

    March 23, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. john in Cal

    Repeal and Replace. Why do I see a lie here? All the years that the republicans held power they never once thought to enact any sort of health care reform. It never even crossed their minds to do so, even though Americans were crying out for it. I'm sure that their idea of repeal and replace means this. Slash and burn everything that helps Americans including SS and medicare, plus this new health care reform. And what will they replace it with? Why once they gut everything, they will go back to helping their friends and forget about replacing reform with anything of course. That is their tactic, and always will be. Lie and Lie, then do nothing-or blame it on someone else. They truely are a bunch of do nothings, and it's more then time to make sure they never have power again. Vote all of them out and make the Republican party extinct.

    March 23, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. Kari

    Good luck with that. Once people calm down and recover from the frenzy brought on by the fear mongers of the party of no, they will see that the health care bill is not so scary after all.

    March 23, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. Full-Time Gamer

    Sorry, but 43 percent isn't persuading the country that "they didn't want this bill."

    So let's recap.

    1. The American people gave Democrats huge electoral victories, as Democrats explicitly campaigned on health care reform.

    2. The American people didn't turn against the legislation based on conservative arguments.

    3. Congress delivered on campaign promises.

    4. ...

    5. Tyranny!

    I dare the Grandstand-Oppose-Postpone party to run against this bill. This is the kind of legislation that will set up the Democrats to dominate for the next 50 years.

    March 23, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. Everybody makes mistakes

    Impeach and replace works too.

    March 23, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  25. Fitz in Texas

    Keep up the good fight Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. We will win this fight. It will be tough, but we will win because it's the best thing for America and the American people.

    March 23, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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