July 22nd, 2007
12:00 PM ET
11 years ago

McConnell "stunned" at censure plan

WASHINGTON (CNN)–Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell,
(R-Kentucky) was "stunned" at Sen. Russ Feingold's (D-Wisconsin) plan to censure the president and his administration.

On CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, McConnell said: "You know, today marks the 200th day of the new Congress. And I'm kind of stunned that Senator Feingold just recommended on the heels of the all-night theater of Tuesday night gives you a sense, Wolf, of why this Congress now has a 14 percent approval rating. We think it's the lowest in the history of polling."

One supporter of Feingold's measure is Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). Sen. Durbin told Wolf Blitzer, "This administration has gone far beyond the exercise of political power. They have abused the Constitution in some respects, and I think it's appropriate for us to take this censure resolution up. It is short of impeachment, but it's an important debate."

- CNN Associate Producer Jennifer Burch

Filed under: President Bush • Senate
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. MCD, San Francisco

    It just amazes me that the republicans don't "get it." The reason the polls are so low for Congress are threefold:

    The majority of Americans...

    1. want republicans to stop being toadies for this administration.

    2. want to end the war.

    3. want Bush & Cheney impeached.

    Is Congress as insulated as the present administration? Are they really that cut-off from the American people?

    July 22, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    MCD, The answer to your question is YES! Bush and gang are in a "world of their own." I agree, how anyone can STLL support their cronyism is, well, it is Beyond Belief!! And yet, the loyalists still remain. Reminds me a lot of Nixon during the dark days of Watergate. G. Gordon Liddy and company all over again...Sheesh what fun......

    July 22, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Rhett Oracle

    Republicans have controlled Congress, and Bush has controlled the Republicans, for years. Yet, McConnell seems to blame the democrats for Congress's low ratings. And he's "stunned" that some might want to censure the Administration.

    He's probably stunned that most Americans are critical of a president who has violated his sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, too. Imagine how stunning it would be if Congress considered the violation of that oath a high crime or misdemeanor...

    July 22, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Glenn,B'ham,Al

    It isn't just the Republicans that are getting bad ratings. Democrats in Congress are at a 22% mark. If anyone thinks a democrat is competent, just because he is a democrat is wrong, this leadership in congress is laughable, 86% of us know it.

    July 22, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Mrs. America

    "Stunned" has certainly become a popular word. I'm stunned by how frequently it is used.

    July 22, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Doro, Portland, Oregon

    Senator Mitch McConnel (R-Kentucky) is stunned. No kidding. Is he stunned that:

    1. The real cost of the war in Iraq is over $1 trillion, and counting.
    2. This administration owes China alone $641 billion.
    3. 45 million Americans cannot afford basic health care.
    4. The President vows to veto a bill to provide basic health care insurance to America's uninsured children. This bill is patterned after a successful state program and is currently moving through Congress.
    5. Aging infrastructure throughout the country are in various stages of disrepair – bridges, freeways, levees, piers, railroads, hydroelectric power plants,etc.
    There's more; you get the picture.

    July 22, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. mls

    I'm stunned that this administration hasn't been charged with treason yet.

    July 22, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. JC, Michigan

    I was "stunned" when McConnell almost got it right on the immigration bill. Now he is back to being a polyptician.
    I would vote in support of both censure resolutions.

    July 22, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Mike Dallas, TX

    GW has lied about WMD, Patriot Act, FBI, CIA, Iraq, the surge, Gonzalez, Pat Tillman, Libby. Every time he or someone opens their mouth a lie or misdirection is given. The emperor has no clothes! Bush should be impeached. Cheney and Rove are guilty of treason for outing a CIA operative so the US could invade another country under false pretenses. Isn't the body count about 80,000 Iraqi civilians and almost 4,000 American soldiers that never should have died in a war that should not have been fought.

    July 22, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Mike Dallas, TX

    I wanted to add that before GW became the "decider" he claimed to be the "uniter". Before Bush, I never thought of MY country as red, blue, and pink states. The last time this country was so divided, over 100 years ago, there were 1,000,000 American casualties...in the CIVIL WAR! Extremism on both sides is destroying this United States of America.

    July 22, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Earl Umfleet Sumner, Ill

    Mitch McConnell is a senate attack dog with one purpose: Stop any and all advances by the Democratic party in the hopes of giving them all a bad name and try to take back the country for the crooked republicans. Where, by the way is Mitch's wife?

    July 22, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Earl Umfleet Sumner, Ill

    Senator Mcconnell is another lying republican who should be sent back to Kentucky. How they distort everything and then go to church on sunday is beyond me. This is not a christian administration, it is just a bunch of hypocrites lying their way through each situation.

    July 22, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. sharon Jenson Atonville, Ca

    What's worse, this war has been very profitable for many.

    An analysis released by a Democratic senator found that Vice President Dick Cheney's Halliburton stock options have risen 3,281 percent in the last year. For years Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld and others tried to convince Clinton to invade Iraq to "secure resources". They finally got their opportunity, at the cost of 85,000 lives lost, and an average cost of 10 Billion dollars a month.

    Former ExxonMobil chief exec Lee Raymond got a $400 million payout, including pension, stock options and other perks, such as a $1 million consulting deal, two years of home security, personal security, a car and driver, and use of a corporate jet for professional purposes. He also gets office space and secretaries worth $200,000 for life.

    Fortune 500s Most Profitable Companies of 2007 include drug companies, insurance companies, and oil companies.

    We Americans have paid for far too many fat salaries, coverage we cannot use, and overpriced prescriptions which all contribute to the wealthy getting wealthier, while the working class American must lose a loved one so that insurance execs can purchase another yacht, get another costly divorce, or reserve the hottest new sports car to feed their shallow souls.

    July 22, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. lipper American

    If censure can be the first step on the road to impeachment then I am all for it.

    July 22, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Steve, Seattle, WA

    The Republicans and this administration are trying anything and saying anything hoping that we will forget that it was them that had whole control of this country for the last six years. They ran the House they ran the Senate. They promised to fix everything and now that they have messed it all up, they want us to focus on the last 6 months of Democratic control....we'll as the Republicans self-destruct I/we won't be fooled this time. I'll take the days of watching the evening new to see who Clinton was "hooking-up" with over the world mess these so called "American Family Values" conservatives have gotten us into. Mitch McConnel should be embarrassed at our world standing and the way the Republicans have treated hard working Americans that pay for all the non-sense that they dream up. The Democrats have never looked so good to me.......
    I can hardly wait for "The Decider" to be gone and all his cronies to go with him....cheaters, liars, and hypocrites....they've all become extremely wealthy on our backs....so Mr. McConnel, I can hardly wait to see the "stunned" look on your face when you are all tossed-out in the next election.

    July 22, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. David Corbin, Kentucky

    ALL HAIL! TO KING BUSH!! That is how it feels anyway. Mitch 'ole boy' u need to quit being Bush's lapdog. You are embarrassing my state!! Kentucky is so fed up with u, I think u r a goner next election anyway.

    We do need to do something, the Executive Branch of government is totally out of control.

    This is one of the worst Presidents in our history. but hang on Congress, not leaving u losers out! This is one of the weakest Congresses in our history as well. We cannot win!

    I am one of the 45 million without health care, cause I cannot afford it. I just lost my job cause it went overseas! So do something about it!

    July 22, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Bruce, Franklin, TN

    It's no secret that the public is fed up with the Bush Administration. That goes for many Republicans as well.

    I take issue with those of you that condemn all Republicans just because Bush is one. Without some votes from Democrats (who outnumber Republicans), Bush would never have been re-elected.

    There are some Democrats who have not supported their party's nominees because they were too "left." The last moderate Democrat nominated (Clinton) managed to win.

    There should be a message in there for both parties...give us someone in the middle who can help stop the polarization of the political process.

    July 22, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |

    Censure isn't strong enough! Congress can't get much done anyway with Bush having veto power. So start impeachment proceedings. These powerful powerful men have used the Constitution as if it were TOILET PAPER.
    Throw the bums out

    July 22, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    This demcratically lead congress will not censure and will not impeach. Just because a few crazies shepperd by Michael Moore SUGGEST it doesn't make it the truth. All your venom-filled hatred for this President does not inch you any closer proving a false truth.

    Keep it up though. Centrist Americans will soon tire of the irritating rant and be reminded of how divided America has been under Bush/Clinton administrations and look for someone – anyone other than Bush or Clinton candidate.

    What? Hillary is the front-runner?

    On 2nd thought – keep up the ranting!!

    July 23, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    GOD BLESS the Texans who DON'T support Bush!

    Thank you for NOT substituting blind patriotism for critical thinking and common sense.

    July 23, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |