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. jon

    GOP is a dieing party anyway. Good riddance to greed and arrogance..

    hello to new ideas and prosperity

    March 26, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. tigerakabj

    What is the point of this article? They are just following up on their absense at the Obama's news conference (I think Cantor has an excuse though, what a concert!).

    Now, I'm not going to vote for them and I will encourage anyone who will listen not to either. Come up with solutions to America's needs or get out of office.

    Yelling and screaming "too much spending, too many programs, too much taxes" and "liberal this, socialist that, communist this, marxist that" is not going to cut it.

    March 26, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Lori

    They were invited? Republicans who? Maybe they were upset because the President was going to make them sit at the kids table.

    March 26, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. Sarge

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

    Just goes to show how the REPUBLICANS really feel how they care for the many "BRAVE MEN AND WOMAN WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES FOR THIS COUNTRY." I would love to put them in the middle of either war and give them a beat up old hummer to defend this country...I strongly believe that they are truly hateful towards President Obama because of his skin color. I would like to also meet them face to face and tell them exactly what I want to say. There is not enough room on this page to type on. LMAO.

    March 26, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |


    March 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. suzyku

    stupid, clueless thugs! impeach them all!

    March 26, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. lala

    They need to retire and we put new faces in the house.They do not
    want America to progress at any label.This is another way of saying
    we are not going to listen to OBAMA.The way repubilicans are behaving,they may not rule AMERICA for another 24yrs.People are
    watching them carefully and closely.READ MY LEAP.

    March 26, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Did they offer to reschedule with the WH? Normally, in my experience, when we have schedulign conflicts for an important meeting, we set it up for a date and time when both parties are next available.

    March 26, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. TX

    Mmmm, hmmmm... right...

    March 26, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. Brian

    No no no no no no ... this is what GOP is about. Did anyone expect otherwise?

    March 26, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. Cynthia - Arkansas

    The games the Republicans are playing is really getting old fast. Why don't they grow up and start trying to help this country. We are in too big of a mess to have time to play politics. President Obama has bent over backwards trying to include them, but I say leave them behind. They are nothing but a bother!

    March 26, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. Stubanas

    Lets see........President wants to discuss the war or you go to an appointment with another senator. What the devil is the country coming to? If I were in the military or had family in the military, I'd call these two bozos and tell them to get their priorities right.

    March 26, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. catmom

    Right, and the next thing they will say is that President Obama didn't include them. Pitiful, just plain pitiful.

    March 26, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. Fitz in Texas

    Hmmmmmm, wonder why you got the invite late. Could it be that the White House made sure you got the invite late. I would bet so.

    Starting to appear certain folks up there in Washington are really starting to pull out all their dirty little tricks.

    March 26, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. dave

    Boogie man!

    March 26, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. Dee

    Men, Thank U! Remember, U WILL NEED THE CHIEF!

    March 26, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Melissa

    Oh and we all know the Republicans are about bipartisanship, aren't they? No, of course not. They want everything their way or they have a childish hissy fit.

    March 26, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Rickymo

    They really have nothing to offer, especialy after the last 8 years.

    March 26, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. Perspicacious Chicagoan

    Is the president not important enough to reschedule a meeting? How bipartisan....

    March 26, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. JO

    Just keep this stuff up.....when you are in a hole, dig deeper.

    March 26, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. New Yorker

    Hey could Obama come over for a meeting at my house? It will begin an hour ago. Well, He was invited.

    March 26, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. Zion

    Hey, we want our voices heard, but refuse invites, and attend fancy dinners that probably cost the tax payers money while the president spoke about policies that we are trying to attack.

    March 26, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. Heidi

    I don't want to hear it. We have last minute schedule changes at my job all the time. I have been a manager for 23 years and if something came up that would effect the company and how we operate as a whole, we would clear our time and meet. I think that the Republicans needs to do the same.

    March 26, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. alvino

    Shouldn't repubs be concerned about Afghanistan? I'll bet there were busy going over the numberless 19 page Repubican Budget.

    March 26, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. Craig - Hastings, MN

    You don't turn down an invite from the President unless you are either in the hospital or dead. When did these two morons meet the grim reaper?

    March 26, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
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