McConnell: meeting with Obama was 'constructive'
April 13th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
7 years ago

McConnell: meeting with Obama was 'constructive'

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Wednesday that congressional leaders had a "constructive" meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. Both the White House and Congress agree that "it's time to put the talking points aside" in dealing with the debt crisis, he said.

Other countries "want to know whether America's going to get its act together or (if it's) going to become another Greece," McConnell said. "It's time to act."

Republican leaders, however, made clear that they continue to oppose any debt reduction package that includes tax increases.

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  1. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    In political-speak, "constructive" means "did not accomplish jacksquat".

    April 13, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. mco

    Did Cantor say that this was no time for Political Theater?

    April 13, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    I don't trust Mitch 'Fillibuster" McConnell as far as I can throw him. The republican fascists party is nothing but a walking talking point. They'll play politics with anythiing and don't give a dm who gets hurt in the process. McConnelll's said his goal is for the President to fail. I can consider him honest broker when he's already said what his intentions are.

    April 13, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. jim

    A senior administration official confirmed that the president will renew his call to end the Bush-era tax cuts for families making over $250,000 a year, a proposal that Republicans fiercely oppose.

    "We can't tax the very people we expect to reinvest in our economy and create jobs," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters.


    - so John Boehner, WHEN do these "very people we expect to reinvest in our economy" actually begin to invest in our economy and create jobs?

    These "very people" are sitting on record amounts of capital – Trillions of dollars I hear -- but they have not reinvested in our economy with this capital, and they are not creating jobs. If they were, with all this capital they have, why is unemployment so high?????

    When do they start?? If these "very people" are not going to invest in America with all the money they have in their pockets,, Tax the hell out of them !!!!!

    April 13, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The Grand Old Tea Party needs to accept the fact that tax cuts are a form of spending. If they want spending cuts, then it is time to cut the tax nonsustainable Bush-era tax cuts out of the budget. The same cuts that Cheney had described as "deficits don't matter" when they were enacted. The same cuts O'Connel, Cantor, and Boehner all voted for.

    The Maverick criticized them at the time, noting that it marked the first time in US history that any president started a war and did not raise taxes to pay for it. Taxes were cut at a time when they should have been raised. The tax cuts came after the US was at war, after the WTC attacks, which contradicts recent public statements made by Mr. Cantor.

    Mr. Cantor claims the tax cuts created "millions of jbs" and were hurt by economic downturn associated with "the wars and the WTC attacks". The tax cuts were supposed to pull us out of brief recession that was over before they were ever enacted.

    April 13, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. luffing

    Great photo. It captures the lack of sincerity beautifully. And, it looks as though turtlehead has just spotted a fly.

    April 13, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    McConnell (aka marble mouth)..."muuuum muuum muuum muuum. No taxes ever. muuuum muuuuum muuuum. Defund those horrible places NPR and Planned Parenthood. muuum muuuum muuum. Not enough"

    April 13, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "Mitch. John. Good Morning" "Good Morning"
    "Good Morning. Where's your birth certificate?"

    "You have seen mine already. Where's your green card?"
    "I've seen your green card. It's orange, and so are you."

    "Why are the Secret Service wearing sunglasses and carrying water pistols?"
    "Those men in black are carrying neural disruptors. You're an alien."
    "They are taking to Guano Bay." "Where?" "Battery Park, NYC"

    "Can we work something out?" "I can keep quiet about this."
    "What do you want?" "Bush Tax Cuts." "Never." SPLAASH.

    "We had a very constructive meeting." "Yes." Yes, we did. Bye."

    April 13, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. needNewGov

    If McConnell said "It's time to act." then they must be prepared to make a huge cut in defense, cut the subsidies to special interest groups.
    When the private sector is in financial difficulty they cut employees or cut pay and benefits to those employees. Why not start with cutting Congress's workforce and have them take pay cuts and how about they start paying for their health insurance like all the rest of the country does. How about it Mitch? Ready to act?
    Until our government starts taking this serious and stop playing politics they should shut their pie holes. AND how about telling the truth once.

    April 13, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Really???

    McConnell looks really surprised in this picture. Is that his proctologist walking behind him?

    April 13, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    Listen up class, better sell those stocks tomorrow when the euphoria from the budget agreement hits Wall Street, 'cuz it ain't gonna be that way long. There are approximately 5 weeks before May 16th, 2 of which it appears Congress will be on VACATION, so that leaves 3 weeks for the GOP and tea tards to get a "clean" bill(no culture war issues attached) out of the House. It COULD happen, but I am not betting the 20K my IRA has regained since the last time the GOP's version of "fiscal responsibility" was in place, when that includes allowing the country to default on it's debt and send shock waves to all global markets.

    I promise you, as all these "Congressional leaders" keep yammerin' about how they will NOT raise the debt limits, other countries that hold our bonds are going to start dumping them the closer we get to the financial Armageddon date of May 16th.

    Does anyone, with more than brain stem mental capacity, actually think that foreign investors are going to sit quietly by and watch the CNN count down clock until we default in the next 5 weeks? No, if the limit is not raised and raised fast to preclude ANY uncertainty about the safety of their investment in our bonds, they will be dumped by China, Japan and Germany and then our interest rates go up and the stock market goes down, very quickly, you may remember in '08 when the market had 900 point daily swings? Well that was just a primer course to what is about to happen if these morons in Congress keep talking about NOT raising the debt limit.

    The fiscal 2012 budget is the place to have the deficit argument, not the debt limit. At least that way we can only bring down our own government and not the global economy.

    And no, I am not a stock broker of any type, but I do have a "vintage" B.B.A. that included Econ 101(oh, and I did stay at a Holiday Inn once)!

    April 13, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. rob

    Hey CNN, whats with the horrible pictures of the Republicans? Especially McConnel, he may not be very photogenic but come on I'm sure there were other pictures you could have used.

    April 13, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. cindy

    Politicians not working on what we sent them to do...job creation..repealing bush tax reform..closing tax loopholes to big corporations and oil companies..improving existing social progams..medicare.medicaid social security will be very disappointed in 2012.

    April 13, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. rusty155

    If It time to act than stop making the Poor and the old and the Middle Class pay for everything on this budget cut. Even know there if have to be more money coming Into the Government to get the deficit down. I think all American people have to go back to what tax they was paying be for the Bush tax cut, not only the rich. This way you will not have to cut as must. But the real thing Is you can cut and cut ,but if we don't have more coming In It won't do must good. Right now Paul Ryan plan Is just taking from the poor and the Old ,and giving It to the Rich by extending the tax cut for the Rich so you really aren't saving any thing.

    April 13, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Phil in KC

    1. Republicans continue to dig in their heels and support the rich and the corporations at the expense of the middle class.
    2. I don't think we're in any danger of becoming another Greece. That's hyperbole.
    3. If we want to get this country back on track, we need an economy based on manufacturing and innovation, instead of low-paying service industry jobs.
    4. We need to stop borrowing from China and Saudi Arabia. China, in particular, has an agenda that runs counter to our own interests. It's ridiculous. We need to deal with them from a position of strength rather than obligation.

    April 13, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. mgc florida

    It would help if they would stop protecting the wealthy, the trickle down theory has never worked..remember Regan. The rich need to pay their fair share.....cutting their taxes does not and has never driven jobs. Remember 8 years of bush who instituted the tax cuts...the lowest rate of job creation during his 8 years of the last 40 years. This is a fact, check it.

    April 13, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "it's time to put the talking points aside" in dealing with the debt crisis"

    "Republican leaders, however, made clear that they continue to oppose any debt reduction package that includes tax increases."

    That's all you really need to know. Cognitive dissonance is a feature of the Republican game plan, not a bug. They're not freekin serious about any of it. They are desperate to establish a full-fledged above-board plutocracy in this country, not just let us keep chugging along allowing the country to pretty much function like one but not admitting it.

    April 13, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    Republican leaders, however, made clear that they continue to oppose any debt reduction package that includes tax increases.
    By increasing taxes, unemployment will go up and government spending will continue out of control. Here is who benefits by the firm stance of the Republicans here: EVERYONE! The unemployed, the middle class, the next generation of Americans and yes, the $250k/ year billionaires. Everyone wins when the federal government gets its spending in control.

    April 13, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Crazy Harry

    What a kooky looking picture of MConnell.. Shows us what a kook he really is.

    April 13, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Thank God I am a Democrat

    These guys always come out of these meeting saying this stuff and then the next day go back to their talking points. I will believe it when I see it.

    April 13, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Pretty sure that look of horro rand dismay on Beaker's face in that picture is the same one he wore on November 5, 2008 when he found out he'd have to call a black man "Mr. President." Screw these ideologue bigot-pandering clowns.

    April 13, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Bill NY

    When I look at and listen to these republican/Conservative/Tea Party people I'm convinced that we need to change the name of this country to the land of the lost.

    April 13, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. Rev. J.

    The Republican aversion to tax hikes for those who benefit most from our economic system is pathological and greedy and anti-spiritual. Shame on those who call themselves Christians but not Christian charity for all. Shame shame shame!

    April 13, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. diridi

    Greece....because of Reagan and Bush, you idiot.....not clinton nor obama...learn, idiot...

    April 13, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    Does anyone else think McConnell looks like Beaker from " The Muppet Show"?

    April 13, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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