June 15th, 2010
09:22 PM ET
8 years ago

McConnell responds to Obama speech

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement after President Obama's Oval Office address Tuesday night:

“Every day seems to bring more bad news about the size and scope of this crisis, and reversing that trend should be the President’s priority. Legislation to respond to this oil spill should be an opportunity for genuine bipartisan cooperation, the kind that the President so frequently says he wants and the kind that has been sorely needed and sorely lacking in this midst of this tragedy. The White House may view this oil spill as an opportunity to push its agenda in Washington, but Americans are more concerned about what it plans to do to solve the crisis at hand.

“Like most Americans, Republicans support an energy policy that seeks to produce more American energy and use less. But while the BP-endorsed legislation the President supports will raise energy prices for every American family and business, it won’t end our dependence on foreign oil or protect the coastline and marshes of the Gulf coast.”

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. get real

    Wow, these folks sure are skilled at memorizing the party talkin' points. Let me guess, this was response was written well in advance of the President's address this evening. One more guess, McConnell, Boehner or Steele didn't actually write their own responses.

    June 15, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. jp,michigan

    One more hour of campaign speech, but now from the Oval Office. Remember this oil spill happened on your watch, President, and it took you how long before you visited the site. You were quicker playing golf and basketball and entertaining at the White House. It will take another decade before Americans can decrease dependency on fossil fuel. Shame on you, Mr. President in using this crisis to campaign for cap and trade. Gulf coast people are hurting. Are you and the others on the Hill willing to return the money you recieved from oil companies to campaign for office. Pay to play is the Politicians way. Money for the lack in regulation and safety measures.

    June 15, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. get real

    You can tell when students cheat off each other because all their answers are the same.

    I dare you to remove the name associated with McConnell's response, Boehner's statement and the official RNC (Steele) statement and then try to match the correct person their statement.

    What a joke! It would be funny if there wasn't a large section of the US that needed help right now. Instead they get this political crap from the republicans.

    June 15, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. ch

    Maybe if there were more "key" Republicans willing to stand up and step away from the death chant of "drill baby, drill."

    June 15, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. steph

    Please spare us mitch. it is pretty obvious that you could give a crap about anyone but your self and your party. please tell us how you and your party cornered the market on stupidity. You made sure the oil companies did not have to answer to any one but themselves. OIL COMPANIES SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO POLICE THEMSELVES AND YOU ALLOWED THIS. But don't worry you have the other idiot Rand that said hey accidents happen in regards to the oil spill. Since you were so excited to help out the oil companies, just come forward and tell the people of America and your state that you all are still great friends and you will take care of them but don't insult our intelligence with pretending to care about anyone but yourself. OH AND WHEN YOU SAY YOU AND RAND ARE GOING TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK IT IS NOT YOUR COUNTRY TO TAKE BACK IT IS OUR COUNTRY. IT DOES NOT BELONG TO JUST YOU AND YOUR PARTY.

    June 15, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Larry

    McConnell is on C.R.E.W.'s list of most corrupt politicians in Washington.

    There is no chance for bipartisanship in Washington, BECAUSE of the Republicans. They are filibustering virtually every bill that comes to the Senate.

    Republicans are only interested in satisfying their special interest buddies. That mentality over the past ten years is what lead to the financial collapse and this oil disaster. It is also now showing up in our drug industry by the nightmare the FDA walked into in Pennsylvania McNeil's Tylenol plant. More of that to come.

    Republicans believe in no regulation because they are being paid off by special interests to vote that way. Special interests are writing the laws for this country now.

    June 15, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. Warren

    If he has nothing constructive to say then why is he saying anything at all.

    Looks to me like this whole statement is nothing but bashing and will do nothing but further divide this country.

    June 15, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. jeff

    Bipartisan cooperation? From the GOP? That would be a change. But, sure, go for it, Mitch. This time, just say YES, or at least bring a constructive idea to the table, and quit being such a political jerk.

    June 15, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Dale

    Stop drilling, duh. The 2% of oil reserves we loose will not make a dent in the world market or increase the price of oil, so end it all. It can't get any worse than it already is.

    June 15, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. Sean

    "But while the BP-endorsed legislation the President supports will raise energy prices for every American family and business".

    Two points I need to highlight:

    1. 8% of all energy in China comes from renewable sources, and the Communist government knows that oil is coming to an end, and the cost of oil will go up pretty soon, and no point fighting pointless war for oil.

    2. We could have done it 30 years ago... with Jimmy Carter. We're 30 years too late..... maybe you just want us to fall behind and wait till oil becomes $150 per barrel....


    June 15, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Mike

    Really? Really? Like Sadaam and Iraq had ties to Sep. 11th? At least this president is doing something good for the country.

    June 15, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. Liz the First

    This waste of skin is the reason there's no bipartisanship in washington. he and boner are conspiring to destroy this president and the country and the planet are collateral damage. Obama has done everything short of offering them oral sex to meet him halfway on issues, and they continue to refuse to work with him unless he does things their way. You lost! we're not doing it your way any more, turtleface! (my apologies to turtles everywhere) it's time you stopped playing politics with the lives of the American people and start acting like the representatives some of us elected you to be!

    June 15, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  13. X

    The democrats are with the people. The GOP are with the oil companies and will stick stick the American taxpayer with the bill for this oil spill if they had their way.

    June 15, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. Lib Hunter

    Terrible speech from a clueless president. The Liberal President is a complete failure, The Liberal Congress is a complete failure, The Whole Liberal Philosophy is a complete failure. Remember all those little sayings your parents (at least the good ones) told you over and over again when you were younger? "Actions speak louder than words" "You are the company you keep" Remember those? Well look what happens when you elect a president and congress that exemplifies the exact opposite of those principles. The whole liberal philosophy is based on fantasy. We do not live in the land of oz but unfortunately we (at least the foolish ones) elected leaders who do. PATHETIC

    June 15, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. Mitch McConnell, the Smegma of Mankind

    " it won’t end our dependence on foreign oil or protect the coastline and marshes of the Gulf coast.”

    And that has been a priority for republicans for how long? The last 56 days no doubt.

    Guess, we know why KY is also the name of a lubricant.

    June 15, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  16. Gary

    Same old same old. Sure we want to help, "NOT". When the Republican party is gone McConnell will wonder what happened?

    June 15, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Until you learn to get along with your own party's Senator – in your own state – nobody will take you serious Mitch.

    June 15, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. Mike

    Why isn't this decalred a National Emergency?

    June 15, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  19. Robert

    If The GOP Is Truly Concerned The Gulf And Country They Can Help By Donateing The Monies They Got Over tha Last Eight Years for Selling The Contry To The Oil Companies And Corporations To The Cleanup And The Deficit.

    June 15, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  20. lforlegend

    Stop lying Mitch, you have been saying D-B-D. You and Beaner both are liars. Stop grandstanding, we know better.

    June 15, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  21. $50

    “Like most Americans, Republicans support an energy policy that seeks to produce more American energy and use less.

    Unfortunately that energy policy relies solely on 'Drill Baby, Drill'. Republicans have thwarted every effort over the last 35 years (since the Arab oil embargo) to 'use less', and have put all efforts into keeping the US under the thumb of Big Oil. The excuse is that 'it's too expensive.' Well it was expensive 35 years ago, it will be expensive now, and it will be even more expensive in the future. A change in energy policy is like having children, if you wait until you can afford it, it will never happen.

    June 15, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. KJ

    McConnell was not worried about the coast when he supported off shore drilling. He was quiet during Katrina. This is simply another politcal statement by a hypocritical politician.

    June 15, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. Dean in PA

    As always, nothing but Obama-bashing from another sanctimonious Repugnican. Shut up, Mitch. Yeah, you and your cronies could do so much better. I am so sick of this Repugnican rhetoric.... they are only using this issue for political gain, the very thing they're accusing the President of. Why don't people understand that? Oh, wait.... I forgot that the majority of Americans are complete morons who are easily led by the nose by hate-mongering, fear-mongering hypocrites. Oh, yeah, that's right... how could I forget that? And CNN panders to them. Thanks, CNN... you are not objective news reporters, you are bigoted and in the Repugnicans' pockets.

    June 15, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  24. anagram_kid

    Senator McConnell needs to be remined that he was not elected by most Americans and therefore is not in a position to speak for all of us. As for his remarks that, "...Republicans suppprt an energy policy that seeks to produce more American energy and use less." Since when? I hate to generalize, but I cannot recall a single member of the party promoting energy conservation.

    June 15, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  25. Gil

    And Mitch, just remember that a lot of the blame goes to you and the Party of No that listened to lobbyists and helped to relax the inspection and controls over off shore drilling the past 8 years before Obama came to get stuck with it!

    June 15, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
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