November 4th, 2010
08:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Republican leader is feeling good

Washington (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell might not have gotten the majority he was hoping for on Election day– but he is still found the results "satisfying."

"I'm going to be the leader of a much larger army and that's a much better problem to have," McConnell, of Kentucky, said in an interview on CNN's John King, USA.

Prior to the midterms, Republicans held a scant 41 seats in the Senate – not much power, but still enough to maintain a filibuster that takes 60 votes to block.

But with a gain of six seats and one race still undecided, Republicans have at least 47 seats in the Senate, not to mention the enormous 60 seat gain that gives the GOP a majority in the House.

McConnell, who called for a full repeal of the Democrats' health care bill, said the president's veto power will likely prevent such an occurrence.

"What we'd like to do is to get rid of this, we know that's not possible with him (President Obama) in the White House, and start over and do it right," McConnell told CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King.

But, McConnell cited portions of the bill where he thinks support for removing measures could be garnered from Democrats and said he hoped Republicans could "go after it piece by piece."

Asked whether Republicans would consider shutting down the government by not passing a budget to get their way, McConnell said, "I think we're not talking about shutting down the government."

Following the Republican take back of both Houses of Congress in 1994, then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich led government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 during then-President Bill Clinton's first term.

Despite criticism of the move – and Clinton's re-election in 1996 - Gingrich has continued to defend his actions.

Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, who is expected to become Speaker of the House in January, also dismissed the notion that they would shutdown the government.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    "I'm going to be the leader of a much larger army ..."

    There you have it, folks: The Republicans see themselves at war with anyone who disagrees with them and their corporate masters.

    And they claim to believe in Democracy! HAH!

    The Republicans are trying to establish a totalitarian state, with them and their cronies wielding absolute power.

    Time for the Dems to finally get off their behinds and stand up to these bullies!

    November 5, 2010 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  2. Not fooled

    Mr. McConnell --I wonder if you know we are not playing some silly game. There are real people out there who are hurting and need to feed and put a roof over their families heads. You are a selfish bitter old man who should realize you are the cause of a lot of what ails this country. This is not a GAME. How can you sleep at night when you know that 40% of people in the U.S. is living in poverty and all you care about is making President Obama a one term president? Don't you care that winter is coming and babies might be living in cars like some third world country. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.
    Pass this on to your buddy Boehner also. If he came from a family of twelve then he dam well should know.

    November 5, 2010 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  3. Alex J. Vallas

    Senator McConnell appears to have a personal vendetta against the President. To him, it is more important to make Obama a one term President than what is best for the country. His actions are disgraceful. He has indicated his intent to be the decision maker for the US by stating he will cooperate with the President if the President vows not to veto any actions taken by the Republicans. In my opinion, he misread the election results. People are not, repeat not, happy with the GOP or Dems – they are tired of gridlock. He wants to continue with the trend of the past two years. A vast number of voters were misled by GOP distortions with respect to the health bill and financial reform.

    November 5, 2010 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  4. Alex Vallas

    Senator McConnell appears to have a personal vendetta against the President. To him, it is more important to make Obama a one term President than what is best for the country. His actions are disgraceful. He has indicated his intent to be the decision maker for the US by stating he will cooperate with the President if the President vows not to veto any actions taken by the Republicans. In my opinion, he misread the election results. People are not, repeat not, happy with the GOP or Dems – they are tired of gridlock. He wants to continue with the trend of the past two years. A vast number of voters were misled by GOP distortions with respect to the health bill and financial reform.

    November 5, 2010 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  5. The Clear-Thinking Independent

    Leading means having a vision, deleoping an ACTION plan, marshalling and managing resources, evaluating & mitigating risk, measuring interim progress and, finally, accomplishing the strategic vision.

    When have Republicans EVER done that on policy that impacts the American people? Answer: NEVER!

    You wouldn`t say the GOP has exhibited these skills on healthcare because they did NOTHING for decades.

    You would say that MCConnell and partisan GOP`ers DID exhibit these skills starting on Feb 2009 when they decided to sabotage the Presidency of Obama even before he had implemented a single "policy".

    Citizens hold the GOP accountable for working together and achieving RESULTS.

    November 5, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  6. KBoh

    These Republicans are sounding like the Democrats of 2008. They need to realize that most of their candidates only won by a few percentage points.

    November 5, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. Living in America

    I am glad that he said that their main goal is to bring down the President. Isn't that a terrorist act. He said nothing about jobs or stabilizing the government. DUHHHH they act like they have won 2012.

    November 5, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. Ed FL

    I see the confederate General Mcconnell and his Buddy Boehner still think they will be able to increase jobs by TRYING to initiate another GOP WAR where lots of jobs come up . The military, the hospitals and funeral homes will once more increase the help wanted signs. They have lots of experience in killing other peoples kids. They haven't yet finished the other 2 WARS that they supported and started with Bush. They seem to forget that stalemate is not victory, Democrat Senate Veto Power of president and Not a majority to override a Veto. They can always got to Boehners tanning tub for 2 and CRY and get drunk.

    November 5, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
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