(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Saturday afternoon that he had talked to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden "within the last hour" and is "confident and optimistic" that there will be an "agreement within the very near future."
A national default "is not going to happen," McConnell said.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, also expressed optimism that an agreement is near. "In spite of our differences, we're dealing with reasonable, responsible people," Boehner said.
@Miguel Ortiz: Your statement is just as unthinking as the worst of both parties. Better for people to start THINKING logically and looking at the voting and contribution records of their Reps and Senators – and then make an INFORMED decision when they vote, instead of just knee-jerk voting for the person who uses code words to get them to vote against their own self-interest.
Yes, I'm a Democrat, and I think the Republicans have been duping the American public for a long time. Just look at the most recent example of their hypocrisy: They said the Dems were going to "kill grandma" with the health care reform bill, and that President Obama wasn't doing enough to create jobs here in the US.
The Republicans take the House in 2010 and what do they do? NOTHING about job creation; immediately create a debt ceiling crisis and say the only way to fix it is – you guessed it – cut Medicare and other programs that help the most vulnerable among us.
Use your brains, folks, and vote for the party that puts our people first – and who, BTW, historically has been a better steward of our nation's economy: The Democrats.
There are three types of lies, lies, damned lies and fishing stories. All I hear from the repubs are fishing stories.
These folks are going to take this down to the wire; the Pee Party folks in the House and their counterparts in the Senate will end up making this the most jobs destroying, economically devastating bill that you could ever imagine.
Secondly, can someone please fly President Obama out of the country, perhaps today, and keep him there until all of this is settled: If he is in any way involved in these negotiations, McConnell will be President and Boehner will be VP come Tuesday, August 2...
This whole debt mess was manufactured by the far right wing, but backfired on them.
The repubs could care less about fixing the mess they helped get this country into. They never face up to the fact that they let Bushy-boy run up the hughest debt. Too many people have asked that Social Security and Medical not be touched at this time and the repugs continue to ignore every reasonable request. I'll be glad when thsy are voted out.
Hey turtle-face - so what? Trump was also the brunt of Obama's cool-headed jokes the night before OBL was killed.
Obama didn't negotiate with Osame bin Laden or the Pirates.
He's a cool-headed man and will always be remembered that way. What will turtle-face be remembered for (filibusters is just a hint, folks).
@Miguel, NO, it is not both Parties..it is one party and one Party only, an that is the Republican Party...they are the ones who are unwilling to compromise on anything...they have disrespected the President at every turn, and is trying to destroy our Nation over money which is NOT even theirs...so please do not group both Parties together, because, the Republicans, by far, an their cohorts, the TEAHOES, are the ones who should carry the blame for this mess...
"Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Saturday afternoon that he had talked to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden "within the last hour" and is "confident and optimistic" that there will be an agreement " Wow, McConnell saves the day, Guess he got the President to agree to NO NEW TAXES FOR THE FAT CATS, JUST TAKES FOR THE REST, Cause the rich create jobs, that is when they are not worried, or there is a blib in the oil prices, or consumers are not spending, etc......
It is so strange that McConnell is now all of a sudden saying nice things about the President he has a trick up his sleeves. He and Boehner just finished blameing the President I don't trust either one of them.
McConnell siad his job was to see that the President had one term and that is the mentality of all of the GOP that is why we are in this mess. They see now that the people are against them for their actions but I hope the President does not give too much away.
The Debt Ceiling has nothing to do with the budget just pass the darn thing instead of taking the American people and our Service Men through this uncertainty. It is a shame and the world is watching with disgust at a bunch of jerks trying to discredit this President who kept us from the brink of depression.
I don't trust any of them but I am here to say they are going to be suprised at the next election for causing so much stress on the American people.
Oops, "weak" not "week" – I am really on a roll today... :-)
@miguel: no salary? That would only leave the very rich able to run. It's already hard enough for common folk to ge
mitch...why would we believe you're trying to work with our president?if your number one goal is make him "a one term president" and fight him on everything he tries to do?i hope the voters will get rid of buzzards like u,next election!
Wow, they will say and do anything to be re elected.