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. Tam

    He doesn't care. He has good health coverage. How decent and honest of him.....

    February 10, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    You gotta love this GOP plan for creating jobs. Anybody really think that the GOP is planning or focused on creating jobs, at least here in America, come on down and checkout this swampland I got for sale I have here in Texas. Job growth and lower unemployment on helps President Obama and the REpubs know it so all you that fell for the GOP tactics of fear and mis information and voted this bunch in office thinking they will create jobs.......now what have we learned from this???

    February 10, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. MauiAlan

    The only problem with ObamaCare is it doesn't go far enough. A single payer health care system where no one makes a profit off of the suffering of others, where health care and wellness is the goal rather than profit is what is needed in the USA. For sure there is to much fear and hate still alive in America to accomplish any reasonable reform of health care.

    February 10, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. duckbutter

    the surpreme court will decide not mcconnell

    February 10, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Merlin

    What an idiot! Enough said.

    February 10, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Don't pledge.......DO!

    February 10, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. bobby

    Why does this guy ALWAYS look like has just had jumper cables attached to his privates??

    February 10, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. jjheinis

    Sadly, the Average American is just that, poorly educated and besotted by Limbaughism, Reaganism and militarism. The Republican solution to the nation's problems is to do nothing, pray, and hope that miracles occur. Do they have any program or solution to deal with the fact that health care costs are our-of-control and that the nation has large numbers of uninsured people who are unable to obtain insurance because their employers make the choice to avoid offering it to their employees. When they get sick, these people freeload on the backs of those people who are fortunate and intelligent enough to have employers who offer health insurance. The Republican program is: I've got mine and if you don't have any, you are SOL and you DESERVE it! Free enterprise is just that: employees work for free while enterprise will depress wages as much as possible and outsource should Americans be unable to afford what they are told "this is the best that you can get." Now, that is Reaganism and the Republican program. Trickle down (like pee) economics.

    February 10, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. they call me "tater salad"

    This clown takes delusional to a whole new level! Don't worry Mitch, all the people that sat out the elections back in November (that made it possible for the GOP to win the house) will have the next 2 years to see their mistake and what all of you lying, do-nothing, promise breaking, control freaks are all about and will come out in droves to hand the GOP a blistering defeat of historic proportions in 2012! Then we'll see how much you self- important, chest-thumpers, want to talk.

    February 10, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Russ

    Obviously McConnell's memory isn't very good, but then he has Government funded and controlled healthcare. He wants to push this though as fast as he can because the tides they are a changing. More and more people want "Obamacare" or at the least major parts of it. He needs to freshen his memory with the current polls on health care. He is now in the minority for total repeal. So listen up Turtle Head.

    February 10, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Realistic

    I hope that very soon we can end the McConnell bribe taking party and put them back in wilderness and fence off a part of the wilderness with electric fence. And just outside the electric fence make a moute and fill it with water and put some crocks in it.. Than after the moute put some lions, bears...lions and bear oh my..lions and bears oh my.....

    February 10, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Chipster

    What do you "believe in," Senator? I hear a lot about what you oppose but nothing about how you plan to manage the huge cost of treating the uninsured in costly emergency rooms. Pawlenty's plan is to tell hospitals that taxpayers will no longer pay for the uninsured and they should just be sent away. At least he has a plan. None of the other Republicans do. What do you plan to do, Senator, about the health costs for our military families? Do you at least plan to allow Medicare to negotiate better drug prices or do you simply plan to shut that program down? Seniors would like to know, Senator, what do YOU plan to do?

    February 10, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. ART

    If you look and probably smell like a walking corpse, then you really should retire.

    February 10, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Indy

    So what is he proposing ? Is he saying lets drop "Obamacare" for "Bonercare" ? By the way when are the Republicans going to work on jobs ? Never is the answer because they lied their way back into the house so they could try and take the country back to the dark ages of Republican rule and make the rich richer and make the middle class third class once and for all.

    February 10, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. guest

    Who is truly living in the past?? The GoP is so far out-of-ideas that they even had to rehash "Obamacare" from a tired slogan they had 20 years ago (Hillarycare).

    How about some REAL IDEAS? WHERE ARE THE JOBS????

    February 10, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. runner156

    Short term memory of the voters? I'd agree that we have NOT forgotten which party got us to the point of such economic uncertainty and contributed more than any other "leaders" in the world towards an economic collapse.

    It was Mitch McConnell and his cronies in his party

    February 10, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These Republican clowns finally admit they have no plan for creating jobs and don't believe it's the governments job. They voted to create war that cost millions at tax payers expense, they vote to pay foreign dictators like the Presidents of Iraq, Afghan, Eygpt and others but they don't want to extend unemployment benefits to American families, take food away from mothers and their babies. How is it American to deny Americans but support foreign governments at our expense.

    February 10, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    But they were voted in BECAUSE THEY PROMISED JOBS.

    Oh, they lied again. Forgot - the republicans always lie to get power and then dictate what THEY want (dictators).

    February 10, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Colorodan

    Uh, Senator McConnell. I have a fairly good memory of the last time your part ran things. I recall we were losing jobs to the tune of 700,000 a month by the time we got Bush out of office. I recall we had a budget surplus when your party last had control of everything and less than a year later we were back in deficit mode where we have been ever since. Democrats underestimating the intelligence and memory of the American people. Very poor choice of words, very poor indeed.

    February 10, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Lolo

    Right, that you keep your government coverage and let the middle class and poor people die. You old boys really need to retire. I hope Kentucky wakes up and get rid of this foolish old man. I bet he has not even read the bill. Just wasting more tax payers money over some bull crap. He needs to get a life.

    February 10, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. pw

    Hey, mr ed mcconnell go eat some hay and oats

    February 10, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Yeah, but the Health Care Package is really modelled after Romneycare, but you guys keep on forgetting to bring it up.

    February 10, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. kayla

    since you do not know how to govern, or create jobs,

    February 10, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Gaylon Barrow

    YOU BETTER END IT. AMERICANS NEED TO WAKE UP. READ THE FOLLOWING THEN LOOK IT UP AND SEE THAT IT IS IN OBAMACARE. DHIMMITUDE!
    Obama used it in the health care bill. Now isn't this interesting? It was used in the health care law. Every day there's another revelation of what Obama and his fellow Democrats are doing to our country. Dhimmitude - I had never heard the word until now. Type it into Google and start reading. Pretty interesting. It's on page 107 of the healthcare bill. I looked this up on Google and yep, it exists. It is a REAL word. Word of the Day: Dhimmitude
    Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-muslim populations conquered through jihad. Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to Islam. Obama Care allows the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia Muslim diktat in the United States. Folks, this is exclusively an Islamic concept under Sharia Law. So exclusive they had to make up an English word to define the concept. Why would our government start interjecting Sharia Law concepts into new broad and sweeping legislation like health care that would control the US population? ....Anyone? I was a Democrat for 50 years. but no more.
    IF YOU BELIEVE THIS UNTRUE LOOK IT UP ON SNOPES. YOU OBAMANITES BETTER LOOK AND GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND. WHILE YOU'RE STEADILY BASHING PALIN OBAMA IS BASHING YOU.

    February 10, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. mike

    you can go a long way by underestimating the voters: they gave you clowns control over the House after you spent the Clinton surplus and racked up record deficits, and this on the strentgh of your 'conservative' budget approach, didn't they?

    February 10, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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