November 4th, 2010
08:36 PM ET
8 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.

Filed under: 2010 • John King USA • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. g smith

    Republicans, I voted for you. You said you could fix the economy. I need a job. Where are the jobs

    November 4, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. john

    They will be too busy investigating where the "W" keys on the keyboards went to do anything at all.

    November 4, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Mark

    He should. Most of the democrats who one ran against Obama

    I don't think swaying their vote is going to take a whole lot.

    November 4, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These Republicans hit a home run and now they have no idea how to get a hit to 1st base in the next 2 years which is proof they wasted the past 10 years doing nothing. There is no coach in the world who would hire these Republicans to get on base again and we as Americans are still waiting for the "batter up".

    November 4, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Squigman

    Here's a small piece of news for you, Pinch Face. Your party did not, repeat, did not get the votes you got for being right about what the public wants. Your party got the votes because of mis-information, mis-leading and outright lies, bordering on criminal offence, backed by corporate owned media outlets, intent on making government work for business, and not for the public as a whole. Who in their right mind could ever argue for healthcare for children, and the poor, when there's a company that may need capital to expand overseas operations, and keep the C.E.O.'s in prime rib, three meals a day?

    November 4, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    I am glad to see that mcconnel is I"going to be the leader of a much larger army". I am surprised he didn't talk about crosshairs and reload.
    "Him"? Is that like mcnasty calling the PResident "that one"? Just like the half term. It's Mr. President or President Obama it is NOT Mr. Obama or him or that one.
    You "don't think you are going to shut down government". If I was a betting man/woman I would bet that you rethugs will do anything just as long as you get back at the President that, we the people, real Americans not the puppets you call the teabaggers voted into office in 2008.
    Keep on hating. You now have the power to help us or screw us. There IS an election in 2012. Good luck! NOT

    November 4, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. dazbert

    Army? Really? A pathetic attempt at subliminal messaging I'm sure. When will these people realize what they are doing to this country?
    The divisions between Democrats and Republicans are deep enough – we don't need anyone using language like this, especially elected representatives and even more so the Senate leader of a party on the Hill. Does he really see this as a war in our government? I shudder to think what goes through the mind of a man who likens political discourse (which is what SHOULD be happening in Washington) to that of military conflict.

    November 4, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Mickey, NY

    Now that the GOTP (Grand ‘Ole Tea Party) has won the House, unemployment is STILL at 10 percent…WHERE ARE THE JOBS YOU PROMISED, Mr. Boehner??

    November 4, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Jacob

    I would feel good too, if I was a millionair and about to give myself a tax cut.

    November 4, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. cmkc

    "The leader of a much larger army?" That's the problem – the Republicans are at war with 50% of the American people who voted Pres. Obama into office and still support the reasons why we voted him in. It wasn't so the Bush years could be extended (along with more corporate tax breask, more de-regulation of Wall Street, ad nauseum. It's not us and them, dammit, it's Americans. Stop warring with me, McConnell.

    November 4, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. stevetall

    Yeah. With you leading a "much bigger army" in the Senate, I hope you can finally get off your fat duff and get something accomplished, Mitch. Watching you clowns obstruct progress for the past two years has been absolutely pathetic. Under most circumstances, you should be fired, but hopefully you can act like a statesman now that you're still the minority and learn the meaning of the word "compromise".

    November 4, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. BDub

    Now is your chance, conservatives. Don't screw it up again! Smaller government, balanced budget, reduce the deficit, secure our borders.

    November 4, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. DENNA

    I'm sure that Mitch was stunned to find out that not everyone is crazy about the GOP. Well GOP, you won, you're in, now get to work. You lazy people didn't even try to earn your salaries. Well now, you will absolutely have to not just say no. Now you had better produce some jobs and fast.

    November 4, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. beevee

    I see intense jealousy in this guy against the president. He forgets that in 2008 people nationwide (barring the states that have the old coot McCain's way) elected the president. McConnell only represents a small portion of the american public (Which state is he from?). I hope the president has wised up and realizes that the GOP will not cooperate with him in any thing he wants to do. He should not give into these bojos.

    November 4, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. Dr Matrix

    Interesting how now he is willing to work woth the President-only if the President sees things his way. This after he said the Republicans primary objective over the next 2 years is to get rid of Obama. Why aren't Republicans embarassed by this cretin. He is wasting air that someone who has a value could use.

    November 4, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Gordon

    Mitch McConnell ought to look in the mirror – he is also part of the problem and needs to be removed on his next election. It's time to get rid of partisan politics and do what is right for America. Democrats that lost their reelection did not lose because of party affiliation but because they did not do the job they needed to do for us, those that elected them. Unless McConnell and the others get off their partisan retoric and start working towards resolving the issues they created they will be cast out next election as well.

    November 4, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. George of the jungle

    this guy is a creep and you will be sorry he is already trying to get rid of health care. Just when the new coverage at wok has no life time limit and I can keep the kids on my insurance untill they are 26. Now the repos what to repeal it. !!!! Thanks all you idiots for voting away the middle classes future.

    November 4, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. Kara

    i can't believe the press are still promoting this crap. CNN has become pathetic. I'm not even coming to this website anymore, i might as well go to FOX.

    November 4, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. Clwyd

    That is too bad Mitch. I hope the worst for you if your main goal is prevent Obama from winning in 2012 and not a word about helping the American people and doing something good? What an old inarticulate fool!

    November 4, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  20. Jen B

    McConnell always comes across as more of an old fusspot than a leader who inspires.
    By insisting that his number one priority is to ensure that Obama is a one term President, he is making it clear that he is less concerned about this country and the well being of its citizens who are hurting just now. That should be his focus.
    The Republicans can no longer get away with playing the obstructionist game we have witnessed these last 18 months, they need to learn the art of compromise and cast their own egos aside to help repair the damage done when they were in power for the eight years Bush was at the helm.

    November 4, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. King

    The repugs will shut down the government that's what the voters voted for the to do. They have behave despicable for the lazt two heRs and the voters loved them for that. They've come to power promissing to get the people back to work the problem is big corporations are shredding workers because the have robots and computer systems that are way more effective than humans as a matter of fact humans are starting to be drag on big corporations so theyre way more efficient with only a frAction of the work force they once had. Obama and the dems took the stimulous money directly to mainstreet where local businesses doesn't bave the luxury of expensive robots and fancy computerized systems and they have no choice but to hire real people but big corporations and the repug have put a stop to that by fooling the people with fare, intolerance and hate now we will sit back and watch the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

    November 5, 2010 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  22. maf

    Starting over and doing it right means that you have to stop obstructing and start participating in making things better!
    Not sure that this version of the GOP is capable of changing direction to accomplish anything other than trying to unseat President Obama. Continuing to talk about "repealing" health care, has nothing to do with job creation, which I thought was the most important thing on the Republican agenda. Good grief, gridlock begins immediately!!!

    November 5, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  23. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Seriously? He looks depressed that the tidal wave stopped in the Senate and the entire west coast is solidly BLUE and that Reid beat the purtian fundamentalistic fruit loop. McConnell looks like the creep in the Hannibal movie.

    November 5, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  24. TX Democrat

    Don't get too comfortable old man. I hope Obama used the power of his veto pen when the Republicans try to ram all of the failed policies that got this country in this mess down the throats of the American people..

    November 5, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  25. freda

    McDonald is one stupid acting and scary looking creature. He has nothing to bring to the plate as far as doing what is necessary for the American people. Since the day President Obama was elected President, his desire was to destroy him. He can't stand the fact that he's his President. His obsession with wanting President to becoming a one-term president will backfire. He and his friend, Boehner (the phony cry-baby) should shut up and quit making fools of themselves. Their true colors are no longer wanted and they should speak for themselves because they know nothing about what the average American people need. Stupid is as Stupid does and there are a few of them in the Republican party, including sarah palin and her entourage. All of them should just pack up and go home.

    November 5, 2010 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
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