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

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. Carolyn in SD

    Actually the Repiblicans will do anything toprotect the tax cuts for their wealthy cronies!

    July 12, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    McConnell and the GOP in Congress are sticking to ideological guns that have been shooting blanks for a while now. I wished that they would understand that these tax cuts were paid for with borrowed money. That is unsustainable like Greenspan stated on MTP weeks ago. I wish that they would allow for compromise; Norquist be damned. There is no reason to keep taxes as they are. What evidence to these people have that taxes create jobs? I would like them to produce people who have small businesses that "need the tax cuts" to hire people. I just haven't seen it.

    July 12, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Sniffit

    Bull pucky. The GOP is salviating over the idea of a default. They think this is a win-win situation for them. They paint themselves into a corner and refuse to do anything unless Medicare and SS are destroyed so their wealthy and corporate benefactors can enjoy a shirnnking middle-class they continue to pay less and less because people without a safety net can't quit their jobs and look for new ones OR they simply force a default and blame it all on Obama, who has repeatedly stated and made offers showing the willingness to compromise.

    Moody's promised a couple weeks ago to downgrade the US's triple-A debt rating THIS WEEK if a deal still had not been reached. That also fits right into the GOP's plan. They'll blame Obama for the downgraded debt rating and celebrate the continued ruination is causes of what was a recovering economy until they took over.

    July 12, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. V in Chicago

    "As long as this president is in the Oval Office a real solution (to the country's fiscal problems) is unattainable," McConnell said.

    Ok, they've finally admitted what the problem is. It is plain and simple that they will do and say anything to prevent President Obama (and the American People) from gaining any ground on this and many more issues. They, in their eyes, are not obstructing the country, they are obstructing Obama. Nice one guys! Let's not worry about how the people of the country will fair, let's just make sure Obama does not succeed.

    I say: Stop all pay checks to all members of Congress until they come up with a solution. Pay the service men and women, they've earned their salaries. DO NOT PAY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS!! That, and that alone might get their attention away from stopping Obama and back on to the real issues tht face this Nation.

    Good Grief!!

    July 12, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. LovesIrony

    "Republicans will choose a path that actually reflects the will of the people... Liar Liar Liar....poll after poll show that the American people want higher incomes tax breaks to end. Poll after Poll show Americans are NOT in favor of your medicare gutting Ryan plan.

    July 12, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Is McConnell speaking for the social conservative/Tea Party zealots in the GOP? Apparently not, since Tea Party presidential candidates like Bachmann warned against any compromise.

    July 12, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Name king

    The repugs screams capitalism night and day but yet they are distroying our capitalistic system. Capitalisms is supply and demand, repugs want the american people to believe it's supply and tax. This how it works, When we demanders send money to the supply system which are the corporations, they suppose to send back jobs down to the demanders so the cycle is repeated over and over again. The problem is since the global economy came into shape, when the demanders send money up to the top, the top (corporations) are no longer sending Jo s down to the bottom to the people. They are going side ways over seas with the demanders money sucking out trillions of dollars leaving the economy broke. With the bush tax cuts we are doubling the outsourcing. We need to stop this insanity and bring that money back, for infrastructure and transportation modernization and start the NEW DEAL PART II.

    July 12, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. George

    "As long as this president is in the Oval Office a real solution (to the country's fiscal problems) is unattainable,"
    Mitch has thrown in the towel already and fully expects and is working towards a government default, while the other side of his mouth is spewing tea party catch phrases. We all know who holds his family jewels in their hands.......

    July 12, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. LovesIrony

    jobs jobs jobs now that the 2010 election is over its debt debt debt and no jobs proposal... If tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs why is unemployment so high?

    July 12, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. DAK

    Bull. The GOP has done nothing, NOTHING, but obstruct the President at every turn, on every bill, every statement, every policy, every appointment for any position since day one. What makes McConnel think the American people will believe him now after 2 plus years of doing anything to put the Republicans and party loyalty above Country?

    July 12, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Greg in Arkansas

    "As long as this president is in the Oval Office".....pretty well sums it up when the GOP knows what has to be done but don't want Obama to accomplish anything....they would rather destroy the economy to prevent his re-election.....just watch the stock market tumble while they posture on the only solution (raise the ceiling)......1929 all over again????

    July 12, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. GI Joe

    It's so funny, the ones that want less government, less spending, more freedom

    Are the ones who want to

    Be a part of government, get their pay raises and perks increased ever year, destroy women's rights and take away young people's right to vote (they can fight and die in wars, but not vote?).

    July 12, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Logan

    Um...I'm pretty sure Obama has done a lot of compromising. He even put entitlements on the table. All I have heard from the Republicans is either the flip flop or flat out no. I'm pretty sure the GOP won't raise the debt limit even if Obama dismantles the entire government and we return to living in small, tented villages living off the land.

    July 12, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Anthony

    You can't be serious. The party who turned down trillions of dollars in spending cuts in order to protect the Bush tax cuts is criticizing the other party for protecting the size and the scope of the government?

    July 12, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. kyle

    The will of the people says end the tax cuts, the will of your rich bosses says no.

    July 12, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Earthchild

    The Republican Party a.k.a the Tea Party, the Party of hell no, the Party of kill grandma and the poor, the Party of take from the middle class give to the rich, the Party of destroy American pride and make China a super power, the Party of tax social security and benefits, the Party of coupon healthcare, the Party of trickle down doo doo economy ( thanks for that Dominican mama for Obama!).

    Mr. McConnell, you do not speak for me.

    July 12, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    The Republicans have been extremely cooperative about raising the debt ceiling. But what they are up against is a Democratic Administration intent on using this "opportunity" to raise taxes and continue making the government big and expensive. The economy obviously cannot support the current size of the federal government since the government has already outspent what it has resources for by about $15 trillion. The answer is to reduce the expense of the federal government, not to raise taxes and continue to grow it.

    July 12, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. really?

    Ironically, McConnel will do almost anything to protect the GOP's wealthy corporate overlords.

    July 12, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Luke Brown

    Mitch, buddy, stop playing politics with o9ur counties. It's your President's multi-trillion dollar wars in Afghanistan and Iray, your President's multi-trillion follar tax cut for the rich, and your President's deficit spending that has created this mess. Man up, pal.

    If you dont not want a government shutdown, then talk to your Tea Party buddies who seem to have no idea what a dangerous game they are playing.

    The Republican Party is destroying this country.

    July 12, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. Aaron

    We know that McConnell is outright lying on this one. The Repubs were willing to reduce the amount of government cutbacks offered by Obama in order to prevent the rich from loosing their tax loopholes.

    July 12, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Georgia Joe

    McConnell should do what the majority of America wants which is to agree to closing tax loopholes and increase the fairness of the tax code. The President is agreeing to huge spending cuts and is willing to reform entitlements. Republicans are refusing to address spending in the tax code and reform of the tax code to increase revenues and tax fairness. The problem in this debate is the President, it is the Republicans who refuse to follow the will of the vast majority of Americans and come to the table with a fair compromise.

    July 12, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Tony in Maine

    Mitch McConnell does not speak for the American people though he and everyone from the dog catcher on up to McConnell and his faithful sidekick Boehner claim to. The only person who has any legitimate claim to speaking for the American people is the President – regardless of party.

    McConnell, Boehner, Cantor et al should be ashamed of the lies they repeat. Even more, they should be ashamed for lying about their constituency.

    July 12, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Mike Dallas

    "the will of the people"?

    President Obama won 53% to 46%, the Senate is a Democratic majority in '08 and you won a majority in the House '10.

    Explain to the class how a majority in the House, is the "will of the people"?

    July 12, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Really, Senator? All of a sudden it is a serious issue and we cannot default. How are we supposed to be believe you when you have misrepresented your past positions before. For example, you campaigned on jobs in 2010. Now, in 2011, you claim your party campaigned on spending cuts in 2010.
    Do you realize we have we a number of video clips of you stating just the opposite. You have claimed that it would not be so bad: that we could simply pay the interest: that Democrats are making an issue out of nothing. Mr. Senator, you do realize we have on video saying the exact opposite.

    July 12, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. Chris

    Default is Exactly what the GOP/repubs want. They think it will help them win 2012. Got news for you wont win 2012. Especially with the group that is running now.

    July 12, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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