McConnell says he's spoken to Obama 'within last hour'
July 30th, 2011
04:03 PM ET
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McConnell says he's spoken to Obama 'within last hour'

(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.


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  1. Indy

    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.

    This is something new, Boehner has never before stated that Obamas administration is reasonable or responsible people, unless of course every thing he has said in that last few weeks was just hot air politics.

    July 30, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. 2012liberal

    Quit catering 2 teaparty extremist! Get it done with dems & repub votes. They only represent 20 percent of pure ingorance anyway.

    July 30, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. ABM

    Scooby should be ashamed of himself along with the rest of the GOP. They will not get my vote in the next few elections and I encourage everyone else to do the same. This whole thing is one huge pile of stinking crap. Not once did they make a huge deal about the debt ceiling during past administrations but since President Obama took office everything is an issue with them. Time for them to grow up and act like leaders.

    July 30, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. 4merRepubCT

    "In spite of our differences, we're dealing with reasonable, responsible people," Boehner said.

    Obviously he was not looking in the mirror, or at his Traitor's Party caucus, when he spoke.

    July 30, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Bob Bichen

    There have been few bright spots in the GOP negotiations on the debt ceiling, but Mr. McConnell certainly seems to have come out better than most of his peers. He started out a bit firm, but seems to have moved toward compromise. As insane as this has all been it probably is what we have needed to get a fair and balanced deal; both sides firing their best shot and proving to themselves and the more radical elements of their respective parties that they cannot pass this thing themselves. They will have to find a compromise bill in order to get something to the President's desk, and then to get it signed into law (and not Vetoed).

    July 30, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. dot

    I hope bohner and mcconell were not reffering to the tea party members! if so we are doomed!

    July 30, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    We shall see?????????????????? I was beginning to have some respect for McConnell even though in the past I despised him. As for Boehner, he's a week cry baby and he allowed a few people in the HOUSE to rule him!!!

    July 30, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Sank

    If you're dealing with Reid, Pelosi, Kerry, Biden and Obama you got to be kidding. Nothing is responsible about those people only except the destruction of the U.S.

    OF COURSE CNN DO NOT POST THIS AS USUAL.

    July 30, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Doug

    WHere is my post cnn? You let libs make death threats against Republicans on here day in and day out, when a Republican posts the truth you censor.

    Once again, Senator Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling when Bush was in office. Obama is holding our nation hostage by asking for an extention till 2013, well after the election. No Republican got one that long, once again Democrat are hypocrites who want others to play by a set of rules that they have no intention of following themselves.

    You censor my fact filled post and yet we have a dem on here trashing Boehner is a very hateful manor. Your lib bias is typical and symbolic of what the Democrat party has always stood for.

    July 30, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Linda

    Republicans, word from the people of America, keep Teaparty out of all of it! Those of the teaparty and vote Social Security cuts,will lose the election 2012. We no Who not to vote for! Thats been made "Clear". Americans are not,Liers and Theives.

    July 30, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Doug

    Boener is completely wrong here, the Soros clone is in no way reasonable or responsible. Boener should listen to Obama's speech on Univision last fall where Obama stated that every American right of center is the enemy, now really, is such hateful divisionary rhetoric not par the course of every National Socialist throughout history?

    Was Obama reasonable or responsible when he refused to support raising the debt ceiling when Bush was in office? Is there anyone on this planet that the Democrats would not blindly support by just putting a little d next to their name?

    A 2nd term for Obama, what would that be like? Well the average Democrat might just get their wish in regards to the well being and lives of their Republican neighbors if Obama is re-elected. You will see the real Obama, the far leftist hater. Surely he cannot act out the Democrat wishes and be re-elected, there are far too many decent people in this country who do not wish harm on their neighbors just because they disagree with their politics.

    July 30, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. David

    I hope Obama better not cave in republican plan...

    July 30, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. marty

    How very troubling it is to have a once respected body, Congress, demonstrate such childish behavior. It was bad enough when a member of Congress interrupted a State of the Union speech, or another congressman , on the floor, name calling after a vote. Now we have grown men having hissy fits, pouting and refusing to talk with fellow congressmen, only to the President.It appears that many Republicans have chosen to forego their esteemed oath of office for an ordinary pledge by
    grover Norquist, a Republican who wants to preserve tax benefits for the wealthy. A pledge that robs ( their choice) legislators of their free will to disseminate information vital to the country and then act upon it. The debt ceiling has been raised many times in the past. Can anyone give factual descriptions of a similar situation, Republican or Democrat, where Congress put conditions on raising the debt ceiling before voting on it?

    July 30, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. charles hogan

    mitch...you said about an hour ago,we now have the "RIGHT PEOPLE" to handle this problem[excluding the president of our united states? tell me,what kind of weasel are you?

    July 30, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. Tracy

    Republicans are stupid...

    July 30, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Indy

    I wont get excited until it comes from President Obamas mouth,you cannot trust anything these GOP's say and they will have to get permission from Rush,Grover,Tea Party Cult,Pledgemasters etc so best to wait until the real boss tells us something good and true.

    July 30, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. unretired05

    Boehner said "In spite of our differences, we're dealing with reasonable, responsible people." CNN left off even if we're not.

    July 30, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Coach Lew

    Can anyone in your office including you answer my following questions with my solutions? The debt ceiling must be raised because our government keeps spending money and giving money away to just about any organization or country that asks for money. What would happen if the Army/Air Force/Navy/Marines/Coast Guard all combined their computer systems such as, Personnel, Transportation, Supply, Financial Management, Purchasing, Contracting, Medical Supply, and a few others? Wouldn’t that eliminate duplication of effort and save close to a trillion dollars? Throw in the FBI, OSI, and all Divisions under the White House and combine their computer systems, that also could save trillions of dollars. I always thought an Army Jeep was the same Jeep the Air Force used except for the insignia on the vehicle so if we eliminate separate purchasing systems we could order Jeeps for the Army/Navy/Marines/Air Force/Coast Guard all in one purchase. The same could be used to buy waste baskets, paper clips, computers, furniture, and Jets etc. That eliminates a lot of duplication. So much money is being wasted on these duplicated systems it will make you head spin.

    July 30, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. charles hogan

    mitch...is color the reason u folk fight so hard against our president?

    July 30, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Ron

    Both of these guys, Boehner and McConnell, know that the President has a big stick (14th Amendment) and they do not want him to use it. I'm certain that in closed door sessions the President has told them he will not hesitate to use the constitution to end the nonsense. The President is giving these clowns another few days to try to work a deal to save face. As far as I'm concerned, the crisis is over regardless of what the media says. The President will NOT let our country default on its debt, with or without Congress doing its job. The tea party, Boehner, McConnell, and republicans in general are going to lose a great number of elections both locally and nationally next Nov. I think they are starting to see that they screwed the pooch big time with the 80% of Americans who are "in the middle". They've "awakened the sleeping giant" known as the silent majority and it won't be pretty for the GOP/tea party.

    July 30, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Asking the President what type pizza he wanted ordered for the late night Senate play date is hardly encouraging.

    July 30, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. Mike Dallas

    "In spite of our differences, we're dealing with reasonable, responsible people," Boehner said.

    I guess so, now that the discussion is out of the House.

    July 30, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. Ann Marie Heaney

    President Obama has done his share of compromising with the GOP leaders. He should not have to do any more. Entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Disability Insurance should not be cut at all and the Bush Tax Cuts should be allowed to expire. All of the preceeding is important for millions of citizens to survive.

    July 30, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    Vote the republicans out in 2012 so we can get this mess cleaned up without having constant time-consuming filibusters. The HELL NO CAUCUS has gone too far by attaching all this stuff to the simple, 1 sentence, raising of the debt ceiling that has ALWAYS been a 15 minute vote.

    July 30, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    Debate budgets, spending, amendments at a later time. Do NOT kill the entire country just to make a poltical for 20 hard-nosed teabaggers in the House of Delegates.

    July 30, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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