July 18th, 2010
12:42 PM ET
4 years ago

McConnell defends GOP against Dems' 'party of no' charge


Washington (CNN) – With midterm elections less than four months away, the top Republican in the Senate said Sunday that the GOP is “proud” to oppose many aspects of Democrats’ agenda. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, also laid out some issues where he said Republicans support President Obama.

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, McConnell ticked off a litany of Democratic agenda items that his party has opposed.

“Look, what we are proud to say no to, and I think what the public wants us to say no to, are things like the government running banks, insurance companies, car companies, nationalizing the student loan business, taking over our health care,” McConnell told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

McConnell also pointed to the recently passed financial regulatory reform bill, the growth of the federal workforce, action by the Federal Communications Commission to assert authority over the internet, and the possibility that the National Labor Relations Board will change the law regarding how unions can be formed.

“Yes, we are opposed - let me make it clear, we are absolutely opposed to all of those things, and proudly so,” McConnell said.

But the GOP leader quickly added that his party agrees with the president on other issues and is willing to work on passing some legislation the president says he wants.

“There are some things the president is trying to do that we support. We support his efforts in Afghanistan, I think he is on the right track there. I think he continued the policy successfully in Iraq. He says he is for trade deals, where are they? We would like to help him pass them.”

McConnell also mentioned some aspects of energy policy, specifically nuclear power and clean coal technology, as another area where the GOP might work with the White House.

“So the question is, what are you saying no to? We will proudly say no to the litany of things that I just mentioned a few minutes ago.”

On the GOP’s prospects in the midterms, McConnell said, “The environment is very good for a good year,”

With Republican candidates “either competitive or ahead in 11 different states now where there are Democratic incumbent senators.”

But he would not predict exactly how many Senate seats he thinks the GOP might pick up in November, only that it has a good chance of increasing its number of Senate seats.

“I'd like to be in better shape than the 41 that we have now. And I think the chances of that are pretty good,” he told Crowley.

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  1. Rich

    I hope he's not sincerely defending the student loan industry here. One step removed from loan sharks.

    July 18, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. vic

    He is proud of saying NO I also when I say NO vote to republicans

    NO votes for party of NO

    July 18, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Steve in North Carolina

    The spoiled little brats that are used to getting government handouts hate to hear the word "No". Wahhh!

    July 18, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. one voice

    Proud to stand against vital legislation that protects the middle class? Proud to stand by your Corporate masters to RIP OFF the American taxpayer? Proud to stand by failed policies that got us into this huge mess? Proud to block unemployment payments to millions of hard working Americans? We will see you GOP/ teabagger CLOWNS in November, We have campaign slogans coming out our ears. LOL

    July 18, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Dale

    Republican's plan for health care? Go home and die, unless you are independently wealthy. I can't fathom how Republicans call themselves Christians when they show no feelings whatsoever to those in our own country that die every day from treatable illnesses. And I am not just talking about the un-insured. My own mother was insured for many years, but when she got cancer, her insurance company immediately dropped her because her cancer treatment was too expensive. Her insurance company told her in essence "We don't care. Go home and die." This is the status quo that the Republicans are defending.

    July 18, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Dave

    Depicting the opposition party as the party of "NO" is a nice trick. The opposition is supposed to oppose. It is like calling the Democrats the party of "oil contamination" since when they rule congress and the presidency there was a lot of oil contamination the gulf!

    There are many ways to call democrats: The party of "Tax", of "broken promises," of "false expectations" but to be as short as "No" one has to get something strong, like the party of "No change" of "No Transparency" and so on... so you marketing wizards on the republican side can build on "No" in many creative ways to depict the obvious weaknesses of the ruling party.

    July 18, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. evelin

    GOP, Party for the rich!

    July 18, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Randy

    Wrong: The government is NOT "running" banks, insurance companies, & car companies. Regulating to protect consumers and the financial system is a far cry from "running" them. It didn't "nationalize" the student loan business. It's always been providing loans, what's new there? And it is NOT "taking over our health care." It's providing more options via private insurance. This comes from a guy who himself has government-provided health insurance. How can he just sit there and lie, lie and lie? I guess that comes with Republican territory.

    July 18, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. steven harnack

    The trouble is that not one of the issues the GOP is opposed to are what they claim that they are., so, basically, they are opposed to things that don't exist. I honestly can't believe that they themselves actually believe those things either, which makes them not only liars but traitors to the American people for knowingly deceiving them for the sake of party power. A clear case of false advertising. maybe the FCC should get involved on those grounds?

    July 18, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Of course McConnell is proud – saying "No" is all the Republicans have!

    All of their policies are PROVEN FAILURES.

    They're liars and manipulators, they fear monger and divide our country.

    They care more about the rich than the Middle Class – which is why their tax cuts target the rich and reward shipping jobs overseas where wages are low and environmental regulations are non-existent.

    The GOP has spent every moment since President Obama was sworn into office trying to make our country fail and things so bad for voters in an effort to be voted back into power.

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Only a scared, ignorant fool with the attention span of a gnat would vote Republican.

    GOP = Party Before Country

    July 18, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. idiots running our gov

    Of course McConnell and his friends are happy when business runs everything.

    Insurance companies rape the consumer every chance they get. High Finance is only interested in lining their own pockets. Americian car companies (some) can't run themselves without taxpayer money. Enron, Goldman, WorldCom, Comcast, the list goes on. Profits, greed and a screw the consumer mentality. Is this really the way we want to go/stay.

    July 18, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Marry

    “Yes, we are opposed – let me make it clear, we are absolutely opposed to all of those things, and proudly so,” McConnell said.
    Watching this interview is very sad. These guys are in absolute denial about the Bush administration. No attempt on their side to help clear the mess and to bring the country FORWARD. I hope people think hard before they cast their vote in November! And I do hope, all go and vote!

    July 18, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. carmikal

    I know what the Republicans don't want however what strategy do they have that will actually help people. Tax cuts mean nothing when you don't have an income to TAX.

    July 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. USN

    Adults have to say NO to out of control children

    July 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. one voice

    I have all the confidence in the world that My fellow Independent (I) brothers and sisters will send the "PARTY OF NO" packing in November so President Obama can continue to move the Country forward.

    July 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA

    Holding out on every idea as a whole party,

    filibustering everything (even after all the "UP of DOWN vote" crap you pulled 4 years ago),

    NOT offering any solutions and just saying "LESS GOVERNMENT" "LESS TAXES" "GOD, GUNS and BIBLE" (you really cant run a country with slogans you know)

    apologies to big oil and big industry

    Boehner coming out and saying, TWO DAYS AGO, we don't need any Federal regulationsm, etc etc etc etc...

    That is your platform, nothing except crying, pandering to big business for donations, and hoping for a Democratic failure...

    ...not only that the Democrats have to deal with the country's economic problems, they have to drag your dead weight kicking and screaming. And even if you win the majority in November, what the hell are you going to do to help the country? Obstruct the president even more? You know what happened to Bubba Clinton when you did that (but you guys are stupid, and I don't expect you to learn from your mistakes)

    I say you are oONLY a party of NO, NO ideas, NO solutions, NO to everything the Democrats have tried to fix this country...

    So I'll say NO to you too.

    July 18, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    RICH - student loans have a very low interest rate IF payments are made..

    Maybe you should charge your education to corporattion's credit cards - then you can talk loan sharks.

    July 18, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    How could any SANE and patriotic person possibly want to side with Obama and his one-track mission to destroy America as we know it?

    Not "No", but "Hell No!".

    July 18, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. katiec

    The republicans claim they will not support any unfunded policies but yet they are trying to push through their tax cuts, perks for the rich and big business which will add an unfunded $3.5 TRILLION to our deficit.
    Guess they mean they will not support anything for the unemployed, middle class American, less forttunate and veterans.
    Because of having no workable, acceptable, credible ideas, they have chosen the road to obstruct everything, point fingers, instigate hate, anger, fear mongering, wanting to continue their politics as usual which almost destroyed our country.
    How anyone can support a political party who has and will continue to sell us down the river for Wall St., has a primary goal to destroy our president regardless of consequences and has no interest in our survival is beyond me.

    July 18, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    This is really a good question to all Republicans and all you who support them...

    Name one specific idea that the Republicans have had in the last 2 years to help fix this economy, JUST ONE...

    You really can't, and you expect these freaks to do better than Democrats???

    Pathetic.

    July 18, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Josiah

    The Republicant's are killing jobs to save their own! – What have you done McConnell within your district to create jobs? – aside from jockeying for a TV camera and running around DC yelling NO? – put up or shut up – PUT UP OR SHUT UP & STOP KILLING JOBS YOU REPUBLICANT'S!

    July 18, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Mickey, NY

    The GOP, from day one Obama was in office, refused to help bring this country up from the bottom of the Bush/Cheney scum barrel. They even went as far as to say they weren't going along with any ideas Obama had.

    Republicans are the real enemy...they have no plan, only criticism.

    GOP: domestic terrorists

    July 18, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. B.H.

    The GOP Party of NO is opposed to much more than that, and proudly so:
    Social Freedoms
    Civil liberties
    Equal treatment and opportunity for minorities
    Certain provisions of The Civil Rights Act
    A clean environment
    Green energy
    Social progress
    Pursuit of Happiness for people to marry who they want to marry
    Gays to serve their country openly
    Food on the table for the laid off unemployed due to GOP BUSH economics
    Keeping jobs in America instead of shipping them overseas
    ETC, ETC, ETC....

    July 18, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. KatR

    Look, what we are proud to say no to, and I think what the public wants us to say no to, are things like the government running banks, insurance companies, car companies, nationalizing the student loan business, taking over our health care,” McConnell told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
    _____________________
    McConnell is twisting the facts into lies. The operation of these businesses are not being taken over by the government via Democratic legislation. They are being regulated by our government to protect the freedoms of We the People from immoral business practices that ruin their personal lives as well as the financial integrity of the USA as a whole. I fervently hope and pray that the majority of us do not cast enough votes to restore the GOP majority in Congress this November. Their governing philosophy of limited government will ultimately destroy the dreams of our Founding Fathers.

    July 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. JonDie

    The GOP is NOT the party of "No." The GOP says "Yes" unlimited oil company profits, unlimited Wall Street banking profits, and unlimited environmental destruction of our resources. The GOP says "Yes" to limiting the health care choice of Americans as well as "Yes" to not giving many Americans access to health care. The "positives" go on and on and on.

    July 18, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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