CPAC: McConnell pledges to end 'Obamacare'
February 10th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

CPAC: McConnell pledges to end 'Obamacare'

Washington (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared a new era for the Republican Party Thursday, saying the GOP has "embarked on our comeback."

"A lot has changed over the last few years, but one thing hasn't changed," McConnell said in his address at CPAC. "Democrats continue to underestimate the intelligence and memory of the American voter."

The Kentucky Republican said the GOP has been successful in shifting the debate and ensuring that the "failed policies of the Carter era would stay where they belong- next to the bell bottoms and lava lamps."

"We will stand for what we believe in and if we do our jobs the popularity will take care of itself," McConnell said.

He thanked the group for their hard work and said it is because of them that Congress is having a serious debate about how much to cut, "not how much to spend" and how "free enterprise can empower the economy, not how the government can create jobs."

McConnell vowed to continue to fight against the health care legislation until "Obamacare goes the way of Hillarycare," a reference to now-Secretary of State Clinton's failed attempts at health care reform during the Clinton administration.

"I assure you it's still very much ahead of them (Democrats)," McConnell said about the health care fight. "They know this bill is a disaster."


Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    WWJD?

    Save 'em in the womb, keep 'em poor an uneducated, kill 'em in an elective war and wrap their coffins in the American flag.

    Repeat.

    February 10, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. GL

    McConnell – IS ALL TALK and a losers. He lost big time in the lame duck season. He have no power.

    February 10, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    SSSSSSSMOKE and MIRRORS.
    Where are the jobs Mitch? WHERE ARE THE JOBS???????

    February 10, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. John

    Ok... what does he/GOP plan to replace it with to provide affordable health care for the 50+ million Americans who don't/won't have any... particularly the children?

    February 10, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. GL

    McConnell vowed to continue to fight against the health care legislation until "Obamacare goes the way of Hillarycare," a reference to now-Secretary of State Clinton's failed attempts at health care reform during the Clinton administration.

    That right keep selling the Tea Baggers nut job dreams. Obamacare is here to stay – remember you do not have the votes or the veto power just all smoke and mirror.

    February 10, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. ReFascistican

    You ain't repealing nada Mitch. Get your head out of your behind. People are already feeling the positive effects of the reform. I double dare you to try and take those $250 checks away from seniors for their prescriptions. I DARE YOU!!!!

    February 10, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. GL

    He thanked the group for their hard work and said it is because of them that Congress is having a serious debate about how much to cut, "not how much to spend" and how "free enterprise can empower the economy, not how the government can create jobs."

    HYPORCRITES AS USUALLY. Republicans never have a plan for job creation just talks.

    February 10, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. needNewGov

    hey Mitch!
    Give us an alternative to the health plan reform you so despise. Then I believe all will follow you, until then get back to work.

    February 10, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Sanity Please

    And if you end Obamacare then the health insurance industry will go back to denying chlidren with cancer health insurance. They'll gladly offer anyone without the unfortunate circumstance of a pre-existing condition the insurance they're less likely to use. Then they'll report billions to Wall Street so their stock can go up. You'll make that happen again?

    You should be ashamed to call yourself a human you piece of garbage. I can't believe we live on a world where such blatant evil and moral corruption is allowed. If there is a God, are you watching?

    February 10, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Real Patriots Do MORE than Salute the flag, They educate themselves

    We'll put another notch on our scorecards of empty/broken promises by the Greed Over People party. 2012 can't get here soon enough to bounce the Repubs out of power for good.

    February 10, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Brian

    He's right! The memory of 8 years of king George and Darth Vader are still very fresh. Does this clown actually think that the American people are stupid enough to hand over total dictatorship to the party of NO????

    February 10, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Democrats continue to underestimate the intelligence and memory of the American voter."

    There's that projection/"mirror image accusation" thing again. Reality is, GOPers RELY on the average lack of intelligence, education and information level of the American voter....while Dems consistently OVERestimate it, running around trying to use facts and evidence and historical record to convince peopel of things that they will rationalize away with conspiracy theories, anger, fear and vitriol because it contraverts their ideological tinfoil hat programming. This is why the Dems lose the messaging war time and time again. Well, that and because the "news" media couldn't care less about actually informing the public and fighting purposeful attempts to misinform them.

    February 10, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. azmary

    Good luck at taking the free annual health exam and reduced cost of perscription drugs away from old people. We can be get pretty cranky when we lose any freebie.

    February 10, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Marcus

    "I assure you it's still very much ahead of them (Democrats)," McConnell said about the health care fight. "They know this bill is a disaster."
    That's what every GOPer is this Ticker have been saying since day one. 'The bill is a disaster and the Dems knows it' through various and various ways and wordings...
    Too bad, for them that is, that what they think/believe about what their natural opposition (Democrats and their opinions) is as usual NOT based on facts and data, just the usual 'I know them better than themselves, even if I never ever bothered to talk with them about anything (why should I? I am always right and they are always wrong...)'

    February 10, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. annie s

    Oink. Oink.

    February 10, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. GL

    Old news. He look just a a turtle.

    February 10, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Obamacare goes the way of Hillarycare,"

    Right, you know, EVEN THOUGH "OBAMACARE" IS PRETTY MUCH WHAT THE GOP PROPOSED IN RESPONSE TO "HILLARYCARE." If hypocrisy were sustenance, oh what a banquet CPAC would be....

    February 10, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    So when the people who cannot afford medication die, will the republicans then begin dancing in the streets? I have never witnessed a lower form of life than the republican party. May you rot in hell, McConnell!

    February 10, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Mickey, NY

    That's it Mitch, keep driving those nails into your political coffin, as well as the nails of those that will stand by you in your quest to have America fail.

    BTW, doesn't McConnell look like JIGSAW? Maybe he could do another SAW movie while he's at it?

    February 10, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. PalmReader

    "We will stand for what we believe in and if we do our jobs the popularity will take care of itself," McConnell said."

    Yeah, well, when your own Republican House is unable to pass bills introduced by Republicans, seems to me that what you stand for is getting mixed reviews even within your own party, Mitch.

    "A lot has changed over the last few years, but one thing hasn't changed,"

    Yep. All you GOPers are still clueless . . .

    February 10, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. JAB

    What is his replacement for the Health Care Bill??????

    February 10, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. DS

    Do not insult my memory and intelligence as well Mr. McConnell. I have also not forgotten how the Republicans in their hay days screwed the country every which way possible leading to crisis on every front – financial, healthcare, education, quality of life for 99% of the Americans. You have been promising fiscal conservatism for ages, but you have done exactly the opposite for all these years. You better start working or you will be out of job soon too.

    February 10, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Video Guy

    Mr Minority Leader, I am a independent and I will always remember the Republican Party as he party of uncaring people. The party of "if you get sick, die fast please" The party of the rich (Kosh Brothers. The Party of handing out checks on the floor of the house. Just remember its the independent voter that count.

    February 10, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Mitch, you are so wrong. We Democrats keep overestimating the intelligence of the American Voter. That is why reactionaries like yourself keep getting elected. There are times I truly regret the Connecticut Comprise that resulted in the Senate which have caused individuals such as yourself to be thrust into positions of prominence that you are completely unprepared for. As long as you keep pandering to the worst common denominator with half-truths, innuendos and outright falsehoods and proclaim your rigid support of Reagan Conservatism you will continue to enjoy the support of the very people whose livelihoods and freedoms you are willing to undermine by prostituting yourself to the corporations and their monies!
    Also, your hypocrisy of speaking out against certain bills and measures, and then attaching numerous earmarks to them knowing they will pass will one day come to the front. If you are going to not support a measure and vote against it, do not insult the intelligence of the rest of the American people by earmarking it! You are the current leader in earmarks, out doing the next two combined! When you voted against the Health Care reform act, you attached earmarks. When you voted against the TARP program, you attached earmarks. When you found out the Tiger Fund program (which you also voted against) would not allow earmarks, you made phone calls to those who received the funds telling them what projects to provide monies for if they wanted their regular funding to be maintained. Like I said – you, sir, are a hypocrite!

    February 10, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Ain't life strange?

    Apparently Mitch underestimates the intelligence and memory of the American voter... where's the jobs?? Instead of the jobs the GOP promised, they're offering 'free enterprise' as a solution to the unemployed. Yes, after losing your job, going through what ever savings you had in order to pay your bills, unemployment benefits are running out, and no one wants to hire you because you're to over-qualified for the few low paying jobs that are out there, you can just turn around and take advantage of free enterprise to open your own under capitalized and soon to fail business... that is if you can even get it off the ground. Thanks GOP... more worthless solutions. Oh yea... killing the health care reform legislation is another way of his saying, "I got mine, go get yours." Problem is, their health care plan is on the back of our dime. What a great government we have!

    February 10, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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