McConnell rejects Cruz shutdown strategy
September 24th, 2013
01:49 PM ET
7 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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Filed under: Mitch McConnell • Senate • Ted Cruz
McConnell only party leader in Congress to oppose Syria resolution
September 10th, 2013
12:31 PM ET
7 months ago

McConnell only party leader in Congress to oppose Syria resolution

Washington (CNN) - The top Republican in the Senate says he'll oppose a resolution to authorize U.S. military action against Syria.

"I will be voting against this resolution. Our vital national security risk is clearly not at play," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky Tuesday.
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Filed under: Mitch McConnell • Syria
McConnell sees 'tipping point' on Egypt aid
August 22nd, 2013
03:01 PM ET
8 months ago

McConnell sees 'tipping point' on Egypt aid

Louisville, Kentucky (CNN) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he sensed a "tipping point" because of the Egyptian military's behavior and predicted a vote soon to block US military aid even though a proposal to do just that was roundly defeated only weeks ago.

"I think we've all kind of reached a tipping point," the Kentucky Republican said when asked by CNN . "We've appreciated our alliance with Egypt. The Israelis have certainly thought it was important for the Camp David Accords to be adhered to.
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Filed under: Egypt • Mitch McConnell
McConnell hits opponent over LinkedIn profile
August 20th, 2013
09:38 AM ET
8 months ago

McConnell hits opponent over LinkedIn profile

(CNN) – Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign is seizing on a change made earlier this year in his conservative challenger's LinkedIn profile after a report stated Matt Bevin had misleading information on his online resume.

In March, The Hill reported that Bevin, a businessman with tea party ties, led readers of his profile to believe he graduated from a program affiliated with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Filed under: 2014 • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
McConnell hit on Social Security in new ad
August 15th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
8 months ago

McConnell hit on Social Security in new ad

(CNN) - A progressive group targeting Mitch McConnell of Kentucky released a television ad Thursday, calling on the Senate minority leader to expand Social Security as the powerful Republican fights to hold on to his seat next year.

The 30-second spot features Kirk Gillenwaters, who says he started working at the Ford plant in Louisville when he was 18.
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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Reid predicts McConnell loss
August 9th, 2013
04:24 PM ET
8 months ago

Reid predicts McConnell loss

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicted Friday the top Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, would lose his re-election bid in 2014.

Taking calls in his home state on Nevada's public radio station KNPR, Reid confidently said the math was hard for Senate Republicans to flip control of the chamber, when asked if Democrats could lose their majority in 2014.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell • Senate
August 8th, 2013
04:15 PM ET
8 months ago

Secret telephone recording roils McConnell campaign

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, stressed his loyalty to the Kentucky Republican Thursday just hours after a recording surfaced of Benton expressing half-hearted support for McConnell.

Benton made the off-message comments in a January telephone conversation with conservative activist Dennis Fusaro, a former colleague from Texas Rep. Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
August 5th, 2013
09:47 AM ET
9 months ago

Sparks fly in Senate race at Kentucky's Fancy Farm picnic



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It's one of the country's hallmark political slugfests. And on Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was dealt a large portion of the blows.

At Kentucky's annual Fancy Farm picnic, politicians from the state gather at the event hosted by St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Graves County, tucked away in the southwest corner of the Blue Grass State.
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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
First on CNN: McConnell challenger rolls out attack
July 30th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
9 months ago

First on CNN: McConnell challenger rolls out attack

(CNN) - Mitch McConnell's Democratic challenger will call the Senate Republican leader a "guardian of gridlock" Tuesday afternoon, as she formally kicks off her campaign to try and unseat the powerful senator in next year's midterm elections.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launches her bid with a campaign event in Lexington, Kentucky, the first stop of a multi-day tour through the Bluegrass state. Her race against McConnell, who's running for a sixth term in office next year, could end up being the most expensive and nasty 2014 Senate contest in the country.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
Before it's even announced, spat over jobs bargain
July 30th, 2013
01:51 PM ET
9 months ago

Before it's even announced, spat over jobs bargain

(CNN) – As President Barack Obama flew to Tennessee Tuesday to announce a new proposal to spur job growth, Republicans in Washington were already characterizing the plan as a one-sided dud.

On Twitter, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said his office first learned of the so-called "grand bargain" proposal through media reports.

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Filed under: Jobs • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell • President Obama
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