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."