March 26th, 2009
06:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Top Republicans turn down White House invite

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sens. McConnell and Kyl did not attend a White House briefing."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Although the bipartisan congressional leadership was invited to the White House for an Afghanistan briefing today, the Senate's top two Republicans did not attend.

Aides to both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl said they had scheduling conflicts.

"He had a long schedule meeting with multiple senators here [on Capitol Hill] and we didn't get the invite to the White House until late yesterday afternoon," said McConnell spokesman Don Stewart, who also said the senator attended a separate briefing later in the afternoon at the Capitol.

"Sen. McConnell, in cooperation with Sen. Reid, asked the White House to schedule the meeting next week," said Stewart. "But late yesterday afternoon, we got a call saying it would be this afternoon. Since he was unable to make the time at the White House, he went to the briefing here at the Capitol."

Kyl spokesman Ryan Patrmintra said he too had previous planned meetings with Senators that he could not change to go to the White House, and said there was "no slight intended."

Patrimintra also said Kyl has received personal briefings on the mission, even as recently as yesterday.

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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Enlightened Voter

    Rethuglicans! The party of NO, NADA, NOTHING, NYET, no plans, no solutions just no caring about our country.

    March 26, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. jim/redondo beach


    March 26, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Obama 2.0

    No big deal, life goes on with or without...

    March 26, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Mitch

    They couldn't reschedule meeting with fellow senators? Come on....GOP-Got 0 of NO.

    March 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. wakeupamerica

    Keep on saying "no". Ah, what team players these guys are. Let's see what your constituents say when its time to say no to you. Bye bye.

    March 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. To RUSH and JINDAL: I do not want the levees in Louisiana or Florida to fail, just the policies of the Corp. of Engineers building them!!!

    President Obama can only continue to extend the olive branch, it is up the those "that hope he fails" to accept it.

    And don't think the public does not see the REAL obstructionist of the Party of No in this little scene.

    March 26, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Pete Collins

    Apparently, Republican leaders have more important things to do than help the President solve the crisis created by Bush and leading Republicans.

    March 26, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. DRNasol

    I want to see the Republicans and the Democrats work together. It's childish to not be flexible enough to adapt. Adapting is what's good about new ideas. I am keeping track of these Senators and Representatives who do not seem willing to compromise and will work to see that they are not re-elected when their term is up.

    March 26, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Dave

    Time for these two repugs to go

    March 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Alfred E. Neumann

    Another non story to report.

    This just in – my dog Scooter is stilling licking his paws.

    What to do?

    March 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. kim barres

    Hello it is the President – you can reschedule your appointment??

    March 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. republicans hate america

    This is why the rush limbaugh party has been marginalized

    March 26, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. NICK

    Of course, we all know the Republican leadership is hard at work doing what we the people need done.. Spending time and having a discussion with our President isnĀ“t on a par with their serious work on our behalf..... Give me a break. You Republicans officals are an insult to all of us....

    March 26, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Gloria

    McConnell and several other top republicans are on a mission to ensure that republicans become extinct very soon..Good going, jerks.

    March 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    I smell a "RepublicanRat" that's okay 2010,2012,2014,&2016 the Republicans will lose more seat's in both houses.

    March 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. RMD

    Yeah right..."no slight intended." You whine and complain that President Obama and the Democrats aren't being bipartisan and allowing you to be a part of the administration's decisions and in the same breath you turn down opportunities such as this. If you are so concerned with the decisions being made you would think one would not turn down an opportunity to go to the White House to be a part of such an integral issue...oh wait, we are talking about Republicans. Sorry. I forgot that their mission is for the President to fail...

    March 26, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. yoyolite

    Why can't we all just get along. The repub are really not willing to work with the democrats. I say let them sit and stew in their lost. Dems do what must be done to get us back on track.

    March 26, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Cynthia

    I don't think the Republicans want to try and work with President Obama and the American people.

    March 26, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Elizabeth

    You have to be kidding me. Meeting with senators is more important than meeting with President of the United States of America?! I'd like to see that fly in most other jobs. Can you picture it? "I'm sorry, CEO of my Company. I can't meet with you this quickly. I already had a meeting with some of my colleagues." This is why we switched from Republican to Democrat. Enough with the stupid stunts. Do your JOBS!

    March 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Vernon

    I have need seen a POTUS be so disrespected. I hope these Senator know that we are watching them. I hope they know that it will take more the hardcore replubicans to be re-elected.

    March 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Had It

    Is it me? Or is Mitch McConnell related to the turtle family? He looks funny.

    March 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Steve

    Maybe they need to catch a Britney Spears concert like Eric Cantor did the other night.

    Oops, they did it again.

    March 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. joe

    Yeah, why bother. Golf is more important.

    March 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. helloooooOOOO

    Sooo, whats the big deal, they both still got briefed !

    March 26, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Tulsa L

    So they can't make the meeting because of other commitments but they wanted Obama to change to next week to suit them, so the President is suppose to reschdule his stuff next week to suit these republicans........give us a break they didn't want to attend the meeting they are still the PARTY OF NO they didn't have any commitment, just more lies to try to make they look like they are being slided........

    March 26, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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