August 28th, 2014
12:20 AM ET
3 months ago

McConnell: 'Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns'

(CNN) – In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.

"Of course not. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns," McConnell told CNN in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

"It's a failed policy," he said of shutdowns.

 

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  1. Sniffit

    "Who did the shutdown hurt"

    All of us and the economy. Which nostril do you use when you're snorting Carpet Fresh?

    "Right now the only ones talking about impeachment and shutdowns are democrats. "

    I'm not going to bother to quote them, because what you said is so blatantly false, but there are numerous GOPers/Teatrolls in both the House and Senate who are talking impeachment, suggesting impeachment, demanding impeachment, threatening impeachment, promising impeachment, trying to talk around impeachment, etc. It's all over the place and everyone knows it. Everyone also knows that the silly, expensive and ridiculous lawsuit the GOP/Teatrolls in the House plan to waste the nation's time and money on for no other reason than political theater is just a partisan stunt to try to use the conservative leaning SCOTUS as a prelude to impeachment. In short: #NOBODY'SFOOLED

    August 28, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "know they screwed Americans for decades "

    ^This. It's a feature, not a bug.

    August 28, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Right now the only ones talking about impeachment and shutdowns are democrats. Republicans passed a immigration bill and it had NOWHERE to go, because the SENATE under the leadership of Harry Reid went on summer vacation.

    Just because the GOPT all of a sudden stopped saying impeachment when they've been screaming it for years doesn't make it the democrats calling for it. The GOPT just stopped talking about it after they found out it would make them even more unpopular. As for the shutdown can't you frigging read?? Your GOPT were just bragging about shutting down the government, yet you blame the Democrats. Unbelievable.

    August 28, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Bill from GA

    Fair is Fair – " Majority Leader Mc Connell... it has such a nice ring to it. "

    Some days, Fair, you actually make sense.
    This ISN'T one of those days.

    August 28, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. foxghostwriter

    Lizzie.....that's just not accurate at all.....

    The shutdown cost about $24 billion. All because a FEW republicans wanted desperately wanted to stop Obamacare. Why don't you conservatives seem to remember that the bill that eventually ended the shutdown was the same bill that would have stopped the shutdown from ever happening...had the votes to pass and was blocked by.....republicans. Boehner kept the bill from advancing. They deserve the blame.

    There is a list that's been circulated of a number of republican politicians talking about impeachment. They just recently stated that more shutdowns are probable. You simply cannot re-write recent history. You'll have to go back a few decades at least.

    August 28, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. sifto77

    Agree..if obama had been a one term pres..we would not be in the horrible state that we are today..Romney was the man for the job...

    August 28, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    America, vote this lid idiot out for this nation's good. Please. Show your strength. God bless.

    August 28, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Tone

    sifto77

    Agree..if obama had been a one term pres..we would not be in the horrible state that we are today..Romney was the man for the job...

    That's why voters like you should stay home, because your are a dunce to the issues.

    August 28, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This is a sniveling, little creep of a man.

    August 28, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "Just because the GOPT all of a sudden stopped saying impeachment "

    But they didn't stop, the examples are legion, and THAT is the real point here. Be careful not to give these RWNJ dittoheads any credit for their falsehoods...that's just meeting them on the battlefield of their choosing.

    August 28, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. ritmocojo

    The only ones I've heard talking the "I word" are the Twin Twitts Michelle (Spooky) Bachmann & Sarah (Snow Snookie) Palin, the GOP Chairman of the Board Rush Limberger et al of the same ilk.

    'Wake up People' pegged it with, "Just because the GOPT all of a sudden stopped saying impeachment when they've been screaming it for years doesn't make it the democrats calling for it. The GOPT just stopped talking about it after they found out it would make them even more unpopular.."

    August 28, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. ritmocojo

    The tortoise of "The Hare & the Tortoise" fame...

    August 28, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    sifto77 says:
    August 28, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am
    Agree..if obama had been a one term pres..we would not be in the horrible state that we are today..Romney was the man for the job…

    Blah, blah, blah and if my aunt had ball....zzz, she'd be my uncle.

    August 28, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Rusty Krus

    @sifto77
    Agree..if obama had been a one term pres..we would not be in the horrible state that we are today..Romney was the man for the job...

    If this little bridge troll would let the President do his job, we would all be better off.

    August 28, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. jboh

    I thought TEA/GOP base is against incumbents. This guy has been there since he came home from the battle of San Juan w/Teddy R's Rough Rders.

    August 28, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sniffit says:
    August 28, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am
    “Just because the GOPT all of a sudden stopped saying impeachment ”

    But they didn’t stop, the examples are legion, and THAT is the real point here. Be careful not to give these RWNJ dittoheads any credit for their falsehoods…that’s just meeting them on the battlefield of their choosing.

    You're right. What I should have said was. Just because they stopped saying it in public.... We all know the GOPT is most honest when they're behind closed doors with like minded people. They're trying to fool enough people into giving them control of the Senate, and then full steam ahead to Impeachment.

    August 28, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Silence DoGood

    @Lizzie "Right now the only ones talking about impeachment and shutdowns are democrats."
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    Google "tea party impeach obama petition" to see the TP impeachment petition calling for impeachment on the TP web page for impeachment where they lay out their trumped up reasons for impeachment based on TP calls for impeachment. Did I mention "impeachment"?

    August 28, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Ok Silence. I just used the "googlez" and hot damn if you're not right. And at the top of their list of reasons is........Drumroll please!!!!!

    Fake Birth Certificate and Benghazi!!!!!

    These traitors are unfreakingbelievable!!!

    August 28, 2014 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. smith1

    Really you think Mittens is the man for the job. Which 47% are you in?

    August 28, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "Just because they stopped saying it in public.... "

    Oh but they haven't hehe :-)

    Just this past Tuesday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) was warning his fellow republicans that impeachment "would risk tremendous public backlash." He wouldn't be issuing warnings like that if there wasn't a contingent of GOPers/Teatrolls who really just want to impeach and have been floating trial balloons and hints and mentioning it wih big winks to their base.

    Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) said this last week at a town hall: "I do believe that if the president had impeachment proceedings run against him in the House, that I think there’s a very slim chance that the House would vote to impeach...That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done, and that doesn’t mean that shouldn’t be something that we consider."

    Prior to that, there are plenty examples of their public statements about it, suggesting it, toying with it, trying to gauge their constituents' reactions to the idea, etc., and plenty more are incoming. What it really comes down to is that they desperately want to do it, recognize they can't get it past the Senate unless they win the Senate, know it's not popular and threatens their ability to take the Senate (while the House is safely gerrymandered) and so they don't want to talk about it RIGHT NOW. Rather, they just want to go for it whole hog if they win the Senate, with the House's lawsuit as the backup plan if they don't get the Senate. They'll wait a couple months first though...no doubt passing various ridiculous pieces of legislation that Obama will have to veto so they can manufacture an argument that "see!?!?! he's our of control and a dictator!!!!" in hopes it makes the impeachment effort more popular.

    August 28, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    @Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....
    Ok Silence. I just used the "googlez" and hot damn if you're not right. And at the top of their list of reasons is........Drumroll please!!!!!

    Fake Birth Certificate and Benghazi!!!!!

    These traitors are unfreakingbelievable!!!
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    I wonder if it dawns on commenters like "lizzie" and others that when they hear nonsense like "dems are the only one calling for impeachment" from Rush or Hannity or whomever, that might want to check it out for at least 5 seconds online. You know to see if it is the truth or not. I know it takes the fun out of conspiracy theories to do that but c'mon, this is real life.

    August 28, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Bill from GA

    Fair is Fair – " Majority Leader Mc Connell... it has such a nice ring to it. "

    Some days, Fair, you actually make sense.
    This ISN'T one of those days.
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    Awwwww.... come on, Bill....

    Some days I actually just enjoy making certain people's head explode. Today IS one of them. You're no fun!!!

    August 28, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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