McConnell: GOP doesn't want government default
July 12th, 2011
10:56 AM ET
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McConnell: GOP doesn't want government default

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, indicated Tuesday that Republicans will continue to push for a more limited debt ceiling increase deal that relies solely on spending cuts.

"As long as this president is in the Oval Office a real solution (to the country's fiscal problems) is unattainable," McConnell said. Barack Obama "will do almost anything to protect the size and the scope of Washington D.C.'s burgeoning bureaucracy."

"Republicans will choose a path that actually reflects the will of the people which is to do the responsible thing and ensure that the government does not default on its obligations," McConnell said.

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Mitch McConnell
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  1. Wes B.

    McConnell doesn't seem to care much about the country or doing his actual job. For some reason he things his job is to keep the president from being re-elected.

    Agree or disagree with the president's stance on debt/government/ least he's trying to do his job. McConnell isn't even doing that.

    July 12, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Mr. Moderate

    Four – taxes are at their lowest rates since the 1950s. The country has lost jobs since Bush borrowed money from China to cut taxes. Conversely, the economy added 22 million jobs under the Clinton tax rates. These FACTS seem to indicate to me that diddling over a top MARGINAL rate of 35 or 38 percent is meaningless and does little to drive the economy but would do a whole lot to get a handle on the deficit that is suddenly so important to your side.

    July 12, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. John

    McConell and Bohner have been spending money in congress for years. They are the problem and have been for along time.

    July 12, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    'Who is this Mr. Willo DePeople this jerk keeps talking about?????????????'

    Tri-corner hats and knee breeches comes to mind . . . yes?

    (BTW, thanks for the laugh)

    July 12, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    The Republicans have been extremely cooperative about raising the debt ceiling.
    Excuse me, sir. You are in error. Your Tea Party Caucus campaigned on not raising the debt ceiling under any circumstance. Period.

    July 12, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Mark

    Se. McConnell, where was this mindset of your the past 8 years of Bush spending wildly? Shame on you for accusing Obama of the same things you're guilty of.

    July 12, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Eye of Newt

    McConnell wants to default my country so rich people can pay for his campaigns???? SHAME ON HIM!


    July 12, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. PGP

    Just how stupid do the Republicians think we are? Rhetorical question of the day!

    July 12, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Peter s

    The last midterm rhetoric from the GOP is hitting a dead end!! seriously, you can't lie forever the reality is just about to hit home!! and boom!!! the people will see plainly whom you are, political Charlatans under the wings of corporate lobbyists.

    July 12, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Democrat Tax and Spend Forever!

    Democrat Economic Plan
    Tax more
    Spend more

    July 12, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. rhumba

    The will of which people, Mr. McConnell? Your cronies? The people who hate President Obama? Most of the people I know just want the richest Americans like you, to pay your fair share in taxes, for lower and middle income Americans to get a fair shake, and for Congress to leave SS and Medicare alone. Guess what? The majority of us also like the Healthcare law. Stop trying to speak for all Americans. You're only speaking for the Tea Party, and they're a really small percentage of America.

    July 12, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |

    I don't there is one republican who lies more than Mitch McConnell, although Weeper of the House Boner comes pretty close with every time he says "the American people want". Every poll says exactly opposite of what Rep Boner says. But with McConnell, he lies about everything, flat out. It doesn't help that he looks like a turtle either. But he has a constant stream of lies that doesn't end. The GOP would love nothing more to have our country default and then blame it on the President when the unemployment jumps to 25%. Every voter should remember what is going on now in 2012. Vote every republican out of office and start moving this country forward again, it's the only way we will survive.

    July 12, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Ohio Man

    @ Four and The Door

    You are starting to worry me .. 1st off they are not talking about raising taxes.. only on the top 2% weathly.. that means the super rich that are not paying there fair share. you are stating things that are not true.. the repubs want to cut more spending / programs that does not effect the rich but does effect the middle/ poor class .. thats the problem becuse when u do that jobs will b lost .. and they know that will help them in 2012 .. or so they think,...please get ur facts straight .. i worry about you sometimes

    July 12, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Roland

    If they didnt want to default this whole tying the national debt to spending cuts hostage situation would have never happened.

    July 12, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Realistic

    Republicans Economic Plan & Social Plan
    Create a Aristocrat society
    Erricate education for the poor
    Make "working poor" a lifestyle
    Go on a war binge
    Allow all mega rich to pay no tax
    Make sure only repubs thugs can vote

    July 12, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. John

    Each Republican that sign that Pledge to that special Conservative GROUP Should have Ethics charges Against them and should have to resign from Office. Because the All Ready swear to a OATH when they took Office. And that OATH say they would do the Best job for America And all Of the AMERICAN People. Sign a Pledge to any Special Group should be against the Law. Because they all ready took a OATH. And by signing this Pledge they have broke the OATH they took when they took Office. And letting America defaulting on It DEPT IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICA.

    July 12, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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