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

Top Republicans turn down White House invite

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/26/art.kyl.gi.jpg 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.


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. arithmetic is liberal

    "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

    = non story.

    Political war is good for the media's economy and no one else's.

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Mark

    Oh, that's effective government – don't talk with others... the Republicans need to serve the people and stop playing like angry, sore losers. Grow up!

    March 26, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. newz4i

    Republicans just don't want to sit with THOSE people.

    March 26, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Meka

    President Obama, wanted the meeting-BEFORE HE WENT TO EUROPE NEXT WEEK, FOR THE G-20!

    McConnell and alike are just being themselves!

    CONGRESS TERM LIMITS . . . 12 YEARS, NO RETIREMENT!

    March 26, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. EVOLVE

    AGAIN, WE HAVE A COUNTRY IN AN ECONOMIC CRISIS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF "NO" INSIST ON SUPPORTING THEIR PARTY BUT NOT THE COUNTRY IN A TIME OF NEED BY NOT MEETING WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    I ALSO FOUND IT INTERESTING THAT THE PARTY OF "NO" HAVE CHOSEN TO PROTECT WALL STREET FROM ANY FEDERAL GOV'T REGULATION TO KEEP THE ECONOMIC DISASTER FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.

    THE TRUE COLORS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY CONTINUE TO SHOW. THEY PROTECT WALL STREET, CORPORATIONS AND THE RICH BUT NO MIDDLE AMERICA.

    March 26, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Texas Conservative Dems for Perry 2010

    McConnell and Kyl are BITTER that their party is heading towards EXTINCTION after the Democrats pick-up KY, FL, OH, PA, MO, NC, and NH in the United States Senate to crack 60 in 2010.

    March 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    For the forseeable future the role of pothole on the road to economic recovery will be played by the Republican leadership. You know when you run over a pothole it makes a lot of noise but ya keep on goin.....

    March 26, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. andrew

    no comment

    March 26, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Patriot Guy

    I've never seen a president paid so little respect......and rightfully so. Everyone knows he is an incompetent, inexperienced lightweight who is in way over his head and has no real solutions. It's why our enemies around the world are now laughing at us and taunting us.

    March 26, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Letty S. Cenidoza

    I kept sending e-mail to Pres. Obama and I didn't receive any response from his staff.

    Thank you.

    March 26, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. mtv

    IDIOTS

    March 26, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. Nancy

    Hey, look at these two old geezers. Recognize that smirk? Yup, Bush taught them well. Ignore the idiots

    March 26, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. sandy

    Now this is bipartisonship to the fullest. Some of the things I read that are being done and being said in Washington does not make me very proud of the people who are surposed to represent us in Washington. How petty.

    March 26, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. chuck

    THE SUN IS SETTING ON THE REPUGS.

    March 26, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Kentucky voter

    Mitch McConnell needs to get over himself.

    March 26, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. Sandy

    Will the repubs hold their breath until they turn blue?

    March 26, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. WIlly Brown

    Good. Stay away from so called "Change and Hope" teleprompter god.

    March 26, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. kayla

    "EARTH TO GOPS' YOU LOST THE ELECTION. WHY ARE YOU STILL ANGRY? KEEP THIS UP AND THE PRESIDENT WILL WIN AGAIN IN 2012. YOU PEOPLE ARE STILL ACTING LIKE 2 YR OLDS. HOW PATHETIC!

    March 26, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. Donatella

    These republicans are digging their on grave.

    March 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. ws

    These guys are too busy? What clods.

    March 26, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Arron

    Why do the GOP hate America?

    March 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Simmy

    Cantor had a conflict of interest also when he went to a Britney Spears concert. But they are the party of No, so it's 'No Big Deal.'

    March 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. R. Wood

    Our nation is at war, at least 31 soldiers have died since Pres. Obama took office, we still haven't caught the people responsible for 9/11, but the Republican leadership is too busy to attend the briefing. JUST AMAZING! During the Bush years this omission if done by Democrats in Congress would have been called "unamerican" by Republicans.

    March 26, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Ben (Eugene, OR)

    This what the democrats in Congress call bipartisanship. Invite the opposition to a meeting last minute, and at a time when you know they'll have scheduling conflicts...

    March 26, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Moderate Democrat

    Yea, because wars that we have failed to win in EIGHT years under your leadership aren't important anymore.

    Failures!

    March 26, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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