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.