White House meeting was 'constructive,' McConnell says
July 11th, 2011
04:19 PM ET
3 years ago

White House meeting was 'constructive,' McConnell says

(CNN) – There was no breakthrough at Monday's debt ceiling talks at the White House, according to a congressional aide.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told reporters Monday's meeting was "good" and "constructive," and said leaders will meet again Tuesday.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Mitch McConnell
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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm still struck by the fact Senator McConnell looks like Beaker from the Muppet Show. Too bad he and Speaker Bunson Honeydew can't do anything substantive.

    July 11, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Tez

    How can anyone believe anything that comes out of this man's mouth?

    July 11, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Ron

    Of course it was. Here's how it went:

    Pres. Obama... "fellas this is B.S.! You know darn well better than this! Bin Laden had been trying to bankrupt American for 10 years (until I killed him) and you two chuckleheads are threatening to do it to us when you two were the ones crying on the House floor begging for TARP and war spending. YOU own this budget crap more than I do. Bottom line is this, if you want to try to ruin the good credit/standing of the United States and not make a deal by Aug. 2nd, on Aug 3rd I'm going to direct the Treasury Secretary to pay our bills. Any questions? Now, get the hell out of here and come back when you have a plan we can agree to...or don't come back! I'm willing to see who the American people blame for this crap at the polls next year! I will not let the US default on its debt!! Not on my watch, boys."

    McConnell..."It was constructive..."

    July 11, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    So apparently Obama realized that this may not be the appropriate time to increase taxes? I mean, after running America's debt up 40% in 2 years and blowing his own debt ceiling, coming back and asking the American taxpayer to dig deeper is a stretch. He knows from November results that the Republicans have the majority of support for getting government spending back in control. They have so far done an excellent job. And all Obama has to do is agree that tax increases are not part of the deal and watch unemployment start coming back down. This kind of a deal would give businesses confidence in the future again. Hiring would be an easier decision to make.

    July 11, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    We are still living with the problems they caused ...
    still fighting to get out from under ...
    and they want to take over again and cause more ...
    Are we really that foolish? ... that easy? ... that stupid?

    Remember who arrogantly got us the problems ....
    and who stubbornly blocked every effort to fix them ...
    Those who are now trying to convince us
    ... return to “more of the same” ...
    It will surely benefit them ... but never the rest of us!

    Cut taxes for the wealthy ...
    Cut benefits for the average person ...
    Block reforms, repeal regulations, open markets
    and the well-connected will all cheer ...
    We have literally been there before ...
    next they can kill Social Security, Medicare,
    and return Health Care to Special Interests control.

    Their political ambitions come first ...
    They continually con and manipulate ...
    cry and scream their subterfuge ...
    Offering emotional appeals to fears, biases, prejudices
    while just being obnoxiously bold with their creative efforts.

    All done with the strong overt and covert support
    of their influential backers, who always greatly benefit ...
    But we don’t ... no we don’t ever benefit ...
    We only pay the costs, receive the apathy and
    get more of the con, more rationalized justifications and excuses
    ... the subterfuge.

    Doesn’t matter if manipulating the Christian block ...
    Selling the Swift-boat propaganda ...
    or exciting emotions with the Tea Party extremes ...
    or whatever will be next ...
    they have become emboldened with past successes ...
    and simply insulting as they take the public for granted ...
    as if we are their pawns.

    They’ve got their stories ... their criticisms ...
    and the gaul, the arrogance, the lack of any conscience,
    with their total self-focus ...
    and an abundance of money, power and influence ...
    to present and sell their con.

    The question is ...
    do we have the common sense to reject all of it?
    to encourage the return to the Grand Ole Party,
    with philosophies and actions to again honestly represent the majority,
    ... by our now rejecting what they have become ...
    the “puppet” party with their “strings being pulled” by the few!

    July 11, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "I mean, after running America's debt up 40% in 2 years and blowing his own debt ceiling"

    That the debt increased by 40% while Obama was in office does not mean that all of that increase was attributable to his or the Dems' policies. That's the same crap Bachman tried to pull in her flaky response to the State of the Untion....showing charts with the total numbers and implying that the total numbers...caused overwhelmingly by the policies enacted by the GOP and Bush during his tenure, particualrly the Bush tax cuts....are somehow all Obama's fault in the aggregate. That's ok tho...we know you're only tool for understanding the world is to decide what you want the world to be like and then pretend it is so.

    July 11, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. ja

    we need to stop payment to congress until this mess is fixed, self fulfilling egotistical ##%s, that will motivate a fix

    July 11, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. obama victim

    Go Repubs!!

    July 11, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    He's a very little man. Napolean complex at it's worst. And what's with that (lack of) chin?

    He's married to an Asian, yet despises Americans. Go figure. Get lost, McTurtleface. The people of Kentucky are IDIIOTS.

    July 11, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Sniffit – talking of Backward Bachmann - she worked for the U.S. treasury, SUING INDIVIDUALS TO COLLECT TAXES!!

    Also, (I found this in an artical about her)

    "Bachmann’s official biography says she worked on “hundreds of civil and criminal cases’’ before she stopped working after her fourth child was born. She received her law degree from the O.W. Coburn School of Law, created in 1979 by televangelist Oral Roberts and bankrolled by the father of conservative fiscal hawk Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

    The school rejected students or faculty who did not subscribe to Christian tenets, and the American Bar Association revoked its accreditation in 1981. The school gained it back but closed in 1986."

    July 11, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. SecedingfromTexas

    @Sniffitt: Thanks for telling it like it is. I just get angry and say stupid things, you know, kind of like Four/Door.

    July 11, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    mcconnell please just STFU!!!!!!!!! and give the country what we want. I am sure you people can't be so stupid as not to have kept track of what WE AMERICANS want, not what you idiots perceive with your "the American public" BS!

    July 11, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Republican Robber Baron

    Protect those "job creators" from the mean, oppressive middle class and workers. I mean where is MY lobbyist? Nobody defends me and the regular working folks.

    July 11, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Sniffit
    "I mean, after running America's debt up 40% in 2 years and blowing his own debt ceiling"
    That the debt increased by 40% while Obama was in office does not mean that all of that increase was attributable to his or the Dems' policies.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    This is precious. You are now trying to make a case that Obama's policy upon entering office of Massive Government Spending to recover the economy was GWB's fault?!?! When he started his spending programs, America gasped. People began loud and clear protests across the country. He listened to exactly nothing they said. They were all Republican operatives he said and most Americans agree with these expensive programs. "Trust us", he said in unison with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. These big programs will put Americans back to work. What the did was put American debt out of reach for decades. And now he has no plan to get it back in control.

    July 11, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Spankster

    Figures he's rehashing the old worn out "job creator" myth

    July 11, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Mike kern

    When Republican politicians speak it would be good advice to completely ignore there words and look at there actions.

    July 11, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. vet in texas

    a tax increase of 3.9% for the top 2% of the country is necessary to pay for the following enacted from 2000-2006:

    unfunded tax cuts from 2000-2010
    unfunded medicare part D
    unfunded war in Iraq
    unfunded war in Afghanistan

    those 4 items literally doubled the public debt. Had those not been implemented, Obama would have inherited 5-6 trillion of debt.

    People are yelling about 14.3 trillion while forgetting the first 8 trillion (I'll give the GOP some leighway since they were out from 2006 to 2010) added by Reagan, HW, and W.

    The followers don't want to believe that, the radio hosts don't want to acknowledge it, and the lawmakers don't want to remember it.

    Iraq alone including disability payments and health services for those involved cost 2 trillion dollars.

    Anyone who voted for W twice has no credibility. Based on McCain's confirmation that waterboarding had nothing to do with getting Bin laden, W's presidency was a complete and utter failure at every direction. I would love for someone to prove me wrong with at least 1 fact besides the usual "he kept us safe", and my favorite, "he did alot for AIDS in Africa.......I recall others here reminding us of filibuster proof majority he held.......and they forget about Scott Brown and the ensuing record use of the filibuster for anything that this administration wanted to do. Some recall how the Dems were in control at the end of W's presidency, yet forget about all the vetoes he handed them at every turn.

    July 11, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Mike kern

    @four and the door. Do you really believe what you post? Or us You so miserable that you are lonely and need company?

    July 11, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |