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. seriously???

    Where did Turtle's skin turtleneck go?

    February 10, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. herbert juarez

    This guy just oozes evil,what is kentucky thinking?

    February 10, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. RichColorado

    So, let's get this straight. For 8 years the GOP did nothing to reign in escalating health care costs, and force you to stay in a job or risk losing coverage on a health condition. Then they go to the polls with a new "charter." The new charter is to get rid of this change and go back to the same system...which 80% of the voters agree needs changing. I think he "underestimates the intelligence and memory of the American people." I want to to see the GOP alternative to lower health care costs so we can all afford it. I actually think that forcing competition in the insurance business with Obamacare will do that. Boy, do health care companies hate losing a monopoly!

    February 10, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. John

    Go drink you rot gut whiskey and get lost. Your are a piece of crap and look like it

    February 10, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. mdn

    Repulican=American Taliban
    Sarah Palin=Sharia Plan (anagram). She is a secret Islamist militant mole.

    February 10, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Right Mitch... Just another promise that you can't keep!

    February 10, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Hans

    For most of the US which elected Obama the Dem. over McCain the Rep. "comeback" is spelled "g-o a-w-a-y."

    February 10, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    America has been nearly ruined by the failed policies of the republican party. Even now, their only priority in congress is redefine 'forcible rape' and eliminate women's reproductive rights.

    February 10, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. patty

    You can bet we have have long memories. Fix it so I can't have insurance due to my pre-existing condition and you bet I will remember

    February 10, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Ted

    McClownell is delusional. The health care law signed into law last year by President Obama will never be repealed as long as democrats control the senate and white house. All McClownell wants to do is to work to deny Obama a second term.

    Now the big challenge facing the nation is jobs and the creation of them. Pay close attention to McClownell and read his lips and you will not hear or see any mention of jobs. It is because the GOP does not care about jobs and the creation of them, thinking that it is a Democratic problem only.

    McClownell is a delusional right winger.

    February 10, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. ReFascistican

    CPAC = Cheap Political Antics Conference

    February 10, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Jc Ohio

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

    Where are the jobs you promised ... thats all you people talked about in the last election ... Jobs Jobs Jobs
    You've spent the last 2 months dickering & posturing over a bill you knew would never pass both houses and the executive branch. And you're still yammering about the same goal!

    February 10, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. bobden

    Most Americans are either in favor of the health care reform act or think that it doesn't go far enough. Yet the do-nothings keep saying that America is against it. Which they know to be a lie. Just as they kept yaping about "death panels", which they knew was a lie.
    And, he thinks that it is OK to cut spending by cutting out anything that does not make more money for their rich friends (their donors?).

    February 10, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Darlene

    No sir you are the disaster..you and the Right are wrong wrong wrong!!

    February 10, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. al in memphis

    Not enough voters are keeping up with his comments and how it reflect Republican leadership. Just this week, he talked about how the tax breaks/government subsidies to large oil company should not be touched. Look at the mind blowing profits these guys are making One day later he supports billions of dollars in cuts for programs that impact food safety and investment spurring alternative energy. The only America these kind of Republicans are interested in is where money can by power, and where the working class serve the rich.

    Now he is reminding us that he is been against improving health care since the days of Hillary effort almost 20 years ago. I been working all my life and paying taxes and high insurance premiums despite not spending one day out of 50 years in the hospital. If something major happens, then the insurance company will say there is a limit to how much they will pay. Don't they undestand that people face these situations everyday and always come out losing their entire life savings just trying to stay alive. The only person that has been willing to stand up to this kind of nonsence is Obama.
    Way to go Reps, keep selling people on patriotism and zero government involvement while you sell this country out to special interest.

    February 10, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. JMR49

    Jobs? Oh never mind.

    February 10, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. michaelam

    Note to Yertle the Turtle:
    When you abolish your own, publically funded health care, then you can abolish health care for Americans. Until that day comes, leave us alone! Speaking of Americans-–the American people have spoken, Leader Turtle, and they want jobs! Jobs, jobs, jobs! Leave our health care alone and create jobs!!!!!! And, stay the he$$ out of my uterus!

    February 10, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    It is great to see Washington politicians focusing on the things that are important to Americans outside of DC. We do not need the Biden Express Special Bullet train. We do not need ObamaTel Wireless. We need responsible financial management and a fighting chance to recover our economy and put Americans back to work.

    ObamaCare was a huge mistake and it needs to go. Quickly. We can do much better. We can get full coverage of everyone without doubling the cost to get there or destroying a huge part of our economy with unnecessary Federal Bureacratic involvement. Keep it strong Mitch. You heard us and we hear you!

    February 10, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Clwyd

    I will fight him tooth and nail not to! Remember the country is evenly split right now so half of us while resist and as more people see the improved benefits I think he will be on the losing side! It is also called Health Care Reform, not Obama Care!!

    February 10, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Jon in Rochester NY

    And you sir, exploit the ignorance of the masses by trying to convince the public that the healthcare reform is not in their best interest. Is it perfect? No, but it's better than anything you even attempted to offer. Health savings plans won't pay the medical bills if you don't have the money to put into them. People will just keep losing their houses over medical bills that they can't pay or die because they can't afford to pay for their cancer treatments. You are despicable!!!

    I haven't heard much about jobs lately from the GOP. Where are they?????!!

    February 10, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Me

    "Democrats continue to underestimate the intelligence and memory of the American voter."
    ?!?!?
    What a brown nosing suck up!

    Nooooooo! If anything, we OVERestimate the intelligence and memory of the American voter. Only in America can ONE political party thoroughly screw up a country,(wars unpaid for, warrantless wiretapping, credit crunch, recession, global financial meltdown) FOR 8 STRAIGHT YEARS and then expect to be re-elected.

    Democrats THOUGHT The American voter would remember the biggest recession in 30 years
    We thought they would remember a war completetly based on lies
    We thought the American voter would remember economic policies so bad everybody lost their job.
    We thought they would remember how crappy the republicans are at governing this nation
    We thought the American voter would be smart enough to stay away from the party that brought the nation to it's knees!

    WE WERE WRONG! The American voter is THAT stupid AND forgetful. They gave the GOP the House and a mandate for jobs and economic recovery aaand what is the GOP doing right now?!? Trying to repeal Healthcare Reform, make rape victims keep the rapist's baby and change the definition of the word rape. Way to go Tea Party.
    Does this make jobs?
    Does this recover the economy?

    We truly get the government we deserve

    February 10, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. MauiAlan

    Just another old, white male filled with and controlled by fear. When fear substitutes for intelligence you end up with a
    Republican.

    February 10, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Walt

    ""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.""

    Mitch if this was true then the Republicans wouldn't have gained back the majority in the House because the failed policies of the Republican Presidents in 20 out of the past 30 years have created Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, the destruction of American jobs, and a mountain of debt that it will take years to pay off. Why can't the GOP just admit that they've screwed up this country in the past 30 years and promise to try to fix it by not following the ways of Reagan which have proved to be so disastrous to the American way of life?

    February 10, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. John

    Will never happen because 50% of the Country wants a national healthcare system...thats oen of the reasons we voted for Obama you Republican mooks!

    February 10, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. TexasCentrist

    "Democrats continue to underestimate the intelligence and memory of the American voter." Right. The worst thing Republicans can hope for is for voters to have a good memory. I still remember–2008.

    February 10, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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