McConnell's GOP primary challenger gets a conservative endorsement
October 18th, 2013
01:06 PM ET
10 months ago

McConnell's GOP primary challenger gets a conservative endorsement

(CNN) - The man looking to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a GOP primary has earned the endorsement of a major conservative super PAC, an endorsement that comes on the heels of a deal McConnell brokered ending the partial government shutdown.

McConnell did himself few favors with some in the conservative base by ushering in a last-minute bargain Wednesday reopening the government and raising the nation's borrowing authority while earning only cosmetic changes to Obamacare.
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Filed under: Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell
McConnell: Further shutdowns 'off the table'
October 17th, 2013
05:12 PM ET
10 months ago

McConnell: Further shutdowns 'off the table'

(CNN) - The 16-day partial government shutdown that just ended will be the last, if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky has anything to say about it.

In a pair of newspaper interviews Thursday, McConnell used the same Kentucky metaphor that "there's no education in the second kick of a mule." The Republican Senate leader said the first kick was the 1995/1996 shutdowns and this one was the second. McConnell remained firm that there will not be a third.
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McConnell pushes back on 'Kentucky kickback'
October 17th, 2013
11:13 AM ET
10 months ago

McConnell pushes back on 'Kentucky kickback'

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denied slipping a special provision into a deal he co-engineered to end the 16-day government shutdown and end a showdown over raising the nation's debt ceiling.

And the longtime Republican Senator from Kentucky had an admonishment for Republicans whose sole focus is the "impossible dream" of ending Obamacare.

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Filed under: 2014 • Government Shutdown • Mitch McConnell
October 14th, 2013
04:53 PM ET
10 months ago

For Senate leaders, bitter history morphs into working relationship on deal

Washington (CNN) - Two opposing Senate leaders with a tense history are emerging as the key players in the latest deal to end the shutdown and extend the debt ceiling.

With talks between House Republicans and the White House at a standstill, the negotiating spotlight's firmly on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown • Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell
October 8th, 2013
04:55 PM ET
10 months ago

What is Biden’s Role?

Washington (CNN) - It’s an open secret that many congressional Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, were not happy with some of the past budget deals brokered by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. They groused that they had given too much to Republicans in both the 2011 debt ceiling deal and as well as one last December focusing on the so-called fiscal cliff that pushed off only for a short time across-the-board spending cuts. And some blamed Biden - most notably Reid.

This time around, it’s Reid leading the charge for the Democrats. He’s made that point very clear, both inside and outside of the White House. As one administration official put it, "Reid is convinced he needs to stand his ground."

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Harry Reid • Joe Biden • Mitch McConnell
Republican senators caught on hot mic
October 3rd, 2013
01:36 PM ET
10 months ago

Republican senators caught on hot mic

Washington (CNN) – A conversation between two Republican senators caught on an open microphone Wednesday provided a candid look into their thoughts about the politics surrounding the government shutdown.

Talking about the Democrats' stance of refusing to negotiate a compromise to the shutdown stalemate, Senator Rand Paul told fellow Senator Mitch McConnell:
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Mitch McConnell • Rand Paul
McConnell rejects Cruz shutdown strategy
September 24th, 2013
01:49 PM ET
10 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
11 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
11 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
12 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
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