McConnell rejects Cruz shutdown strategy
September 24th, 2013
01:49 PM ET
12 months ago

McConnell rejects Cruz shutdown strategy

Washington (CNN) - GOP infighting over how best to prevent a government shutdown while defunding Obamacare escalated further on Tuesday, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly dismissed the more confrontational strategy adopted by freshman tea party darling Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

"I don't think that filibustering a bill that defunds Obamacare is the best route to defunding Obamacare," McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on the Senate floor. "All it does is shut down the government and keep Obamacare funded, and none of us want that."

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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    You know the party is in trouble when Mitch McConnell is the voice of reason!

    September 24, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "I don't think that filibustering a bill that defunds Obamacare is the best route to defunding Obamacare,"
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    Bologna!!! You've filibustered everything else McConnell, why stop now? Oh, I forgot! You're up for reelection. You're playing politics too. Get lost!

    September 24, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    McConnell will introduce his own bill, and then he will filibuster against it.

    September 24, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Thomas

    " freshman tea party darling Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas "

    Paul / Cruz
    Aqua Buddha Darlings 2016

    September 24, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    "I don't think that filibustering a bill that defunds Obamacare is the best route to defunding Obamacare," McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on the Senate floor. "All it does is shut down the government and keep Obamacare funded, and none of us want that."
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    I think that's not what a lot of people want to hear. Did McConnell find a heretofore unknown patriotic burst of "country first"? Or did he forget that his Senate seat is being challenged in both a primary and a general election? Hmm. I think it's more likely that he just simply forgot..

    September 24, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. just saying

    you force them to vote for obamacare.... so what? most of them already did so what will change?

    I say adjourn the house until the democrats pass the bill that was sent to them. the house speaks for the people and the people do not want obamacare. i'd rather see a government that does not represent the will of the people shut down rather than allow it to continue to jam this bs down our throats. it is time that the people draw a red line and not back down.

    September 24, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. lolo

    The GOP/TP Klan has exploded. America just get out the vote and vote these clowns out. Also they need to quit crying smaller government when their relatives are on the government payroll. Some of the politicians in congress have relatives get millions of dollars in government subsidies for their farms. No wonder they love living in the midwest and southern regions. They are getting over like fat rats. Just like M. Bachmann and her pray the gay away husband. We as American taxpayers and citizens must vote these liars and cheaters out which are mostly republicans. As soon as you get the dirt on them they shut up. Not a peep about old Cuban boy Cruz being born in Canada. LOL!!!!!!!!This is why they hate that the black man is president, because he sees all of the shenanigans that have been going on for years and this was not done by a minority. It was the so called Christians and true Americans who have hoodwinked us long enough. time for us to take our country away from these traitors.

    September 24, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    God's filibuster "Let every soul be subject unto the Higher Powers...Whosoever therefore resisteth the Power, resisteth the Ordinance of God...For he is the Minister of God to thee for good" (Romans 13: 1,2,4)

    September 24, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    "Tortoise beats hare? Tortoise beats HARE?" - Bugs Bunny, in an old Warner Brothers cartoon

    September 24, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. ST

    Sen. McConnell, what about telling Ted Cruz your number one goal is to make him one-term Senator?

    September 24, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    ""I don't think that filibustering a bill that defunds Obamacare is the best route to defunding Obamacare,""

    Well, if we apply the House GOP/Teatrolls' logic to it, he'll be a Teatroll filibustering the bill that "funds the gov't," so we can place the blame squarely on the GOP/Teatrolls for it. Thanks, Turd Cruz! PLEASE PROCEED....

    September 24, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. the hippies were right

    Mr Filibuster himself, saying no to a filibuster. One can only guess what he'd be saying if he wasn't behind in his run for re-election. This is hilarious to watch!

    September 24, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    you force them to vote for obamacare.... so what? most of them already did so what will change?

    I say adjourn the house until the democrats pass the bill that was sent to them. the house speaks for the people and the people do not want obamacare. ... ... ...
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    "You will pay the price for your lack of vision." – Emperor Palpatine

    Do that, okay? Not only will the House Republicans unquestionably take the full blame for a shutdown, they could be called up on criminal charges of neglect of duy, treason, and terrorism. You see, this is what happens when you have no Plan B.

    September 24, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Get rid off all the GOP thugs–these idiots from GOP are "American Taliban".

    September 24, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. freedom

    Well, guess what, McConnell?? Your way isn't working! Time for new blood Republicans!

    September 24, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. rs

    I say adjourn the house until the democrats pass the bill that was sent to them. the house speaks for the people and the people do not want obamacare. i'd rather see a government that does not represent the will of the people shut down rather than allow it to continue to jam this bs down our throats. it is time that the people draw a red line and not back down.
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    What you and the other radicals forget is that in the meantime the President got re-elected to defend the ACA. I think its time to ARREST Republicans in Congress- for treason and sedition.

    September 24, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Obamicide

    Resistance is futile.... you will all be assimilated into the Government Collective. Individuality and freedom is not necessary for your existence in the Government Collective. Again, resistance is futile. Surrender yourself to the Government Collective without further resistance.

    September 24, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Tampa Tim

    Cruz must be getting his marching orders from Havana if McConnell is not the one telling him what to do.

    September 24, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    What does it matter? Both McConnell and Cruz have sold their souls to the TP in their insanity to destroy the president in turn, making the American people suffer so again, what does it matter?

    September 24, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Mark in Seattle

    freedom (wrote)

    Well, guess what, McConnell?? Your way isn't working! Time for new blood Republicans!

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    How about........no republicans!

    September 24, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. President Darky

    rs

    I say adjourn the house until the democrats pass the bill that was sent to them. the house speaks for the people and the people do not want obamacare. i'd rather see a government that does not represent the will of the people shut down rather than allow it to continue to jam this bs down our throats. it is time that the people draw a red line and not back down.
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    What you and the other radicals forget is that in the meantime the President got re-elected to defend the ACA. I think its time to ARREST Republicans in Congress- for treason and sedition.
    -–

    I agree 100%. I demand and need total control in order to save you from those nasty free thinkers.

    September 24, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Obamicide

    Resistance is futile.... you will all be assimilated into the Government Collective. Individuality and freedom is not necessary for your existence in the Government Collective. Again, resistance is futile. Surrender yourself to the Government Collective without further resistance
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    Well, if that's the only way to eradicate the Tea Party, "Engage!"

    September 24, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Gunderson

    Aw,
    You want Single Payer Plan? Hang in there, you may get. Hope you like. Living on Food Stamps should be fun, no?

    September 24, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -Obamicide

    Resistance is futile.... you will all be assimilated into the Government Collective. Individuality and freedom is not necessary for your existence in the Government Collective. Again, resistance is futile. Surrender yourself to the Government Collective without further resistance.

    -just saying

    you force them to vote for obamacare.... so what? most of them already did so what will change?

    I say adjourn the house until the democrats pass the bill that was sent to them. the house speaks for the people and the people do not want obamacare. i'd rather see a government that does not represent the will of the people shut down rather than allow it to continue to jam this bs down our throats. it is time that the people draw a red line and not back down.
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    Too bad for you that more people voted for Democratic members than for GOP members of the House. If it were based on popular vote, the GOP would not even control the House, and since your argument is based upon the will of the people, you would lose, Again. Your logic, as usual, is flawed and your psychosis and biploar disorder are on full display, as usual.
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    Liberals get called sheep, or Borg or whatever analogy the Right can think of: too bad they are the ones who all nod like a bunch of automatons while getting their daily dose of affirmation, courtesy of Uncle " Hacker" Murdoch's network and other outlets for lies and gross distortions, like the Daily Caller. Yes, we know: highest ratings in cable,blah blah blah, and the worst informed viewers as well. These are the people who debase news into entertainment by hiring people like Palin as commentators.

    September 24, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Obamicide

    This is what happens when one party, the Democrats, jams a 2,400 page bill through Congress that nobody read and which had no support from Republcians, not one vote. This train wreck is what happens when the government tries to takeover/redesign 17% of our economy with 20,000 pages of rules and regulations. This is what happens when a government can fine/tax an individual in order to force him to buy a private product.

    The day is quickly approaching when the people will not stand for any more of this relentless attack on their freedom.

    September 24, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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