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.


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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Andi

    How can they say President Obama is not trying to work with them, when they won't even accept an invitation to a briefing at the White House? Whether they like Obama or not, he IS the President.

    March 26, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. JON

    YA THEY WHERE AT THE BRITNEY SPEARS CONCERT JUST ASK ERIC CANTER.

    March 26, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. MIMI

    THEY ARE MORONS

    March 26, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. Cary

    I have lost all respect for the Republicans.

    March 26, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. Mike, Vancouver

    It appears that Republicans are in denial, saying "NO" to anything that is presented to them. When they do offer something, it is only a Republican only response rather than a response that asks as they walk across the isle, "We have some ideas that can possibly make this a better budget" roling up their sleaves and sitting down with Democrats and hashing out a solution that both can live with. This my way VS. your way mentality is totally childish in this day and age.

    It illustrates that the Rupublicans do not want Washington to change. They want Wallstreet to carry on as it has for years on end.

    What is happening is the Republicans are finding out that the rats are being shown the light of day for all to see. That is change you can believe in. Just check out a drug addict when they are shown the light of day and suggest to them they have a problem. Denial is at the forefront and they say no to everything.

    BIPARTISAN – In a two-party system, bipartisan refers to any bill, act, resolution, or any other action of a political body in which both of the major political parties are in "AGREEMENT".

    March 26, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. Jeff

    I read this as not enough advanced notice and a scheduling conflict, and nothing else. Am I missing something? Oh yeah, something newsworthy. It must be a light news day? Nothing else important going on in the world?

    March 26, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. bill for barack

    Neither one is fit to even shine shoes in the White House.
    They have not earned their place at the table.
    To do that requires intelligence and moral fiber – things lacking in the common Republican.

    March 26, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. annie - Palin 2012

    Wasn't any need for them to go – bo and the dead fish guy just do whatever they want.

    March 26, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. Jazzy

    Sens. McConnell and Kyl did not attend a White House briefing.
    RUSh told them not to ATTEND!!!

    March 26, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. gnomepark

    The face of 2 ugly politicians, playing ugly politics.

    March 26, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Frank In Ohio

    Good, that why taxpayers won't be stuck with a cleaning bill to remove the slime these crooks would leave behind them.

    March 26, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. KR

    SPOKE TO YOUR GOOD OLD BUDDY RUSH DID YOU, OF COURSE YOU WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE YOU WERE GOING TO MAKE AN EFFORT. ALL YOU REPUBLICANS ARE ALIKE NASTY, LIARS AND FEARMONGERS AND YOU LISTEN TOO MUCH TO THE WRONG SOURCES.

    March 26, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Ray Fisher

    It would be a wonderful idea to begin impeaching members of Congress??? Impeachment is not for Presidents only!!!

    March 26, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. Kimberly in Arizona

    Of course they did! They are SCUM! They do not care ONE BIT about this country, only their own fat pockets. I can not WAIT until 2010 to get the rest of these nuts out of office!!!! Republicans are now officially a JOKE!

    March 26, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. C

    PARTY OF "NO"! THESE GUYS ARE WORTHLESS!

    March 26, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. GOP so far our in left field

    that they don't have a clue how to help or recommend anything

    this is the beginning of the end for the GOP

    March 26, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    POOR REPUBLICANS ,THEY JUST CANNOT GET IT TOGETHER. ALL THEY KNOW IS NO,NO,NO. WE WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE TO NAME THEM THE NO PARTY UNTIL THEY CAN GET DOWN TO BUSINESS AND LEARN TO WORK WITH WITH THE OPPOSITE PARTY , FOR THE GOOD O F THE PEOPLE AND OUR COUNTRY .

    March 26, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Pat CA

    Republicans’ push for transparency an attack on Mrs. Obama?

    Why no ticker opportunity on this, CNN?

    Personally, I would like to see further clarification of Mrs. Obama's involvement in the country's business, given that she wasn't elected to any office.

    I would also like to know what business she has digging up the White House Grounds (which are a historical monument) to teach HER

    March 26, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. mel

    We walking with you Mr. President Barack Obama, lets roll up our sleeves America and work for a better future!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. Pat CA

    To continue on . . .

    I would like to know what business it is of Michelle Obama to dig up the White House Grounds (which are a historical monument) to teach HER daughters about veggies. Did she dig up her Chicago backyard to do that? Bet not - NO photo op there!

    March 26, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. disappointed

    Never in my 62 years have I been so disappointed with my Republican party. Standing against everything our President is trying to do to get the economy running again. Saying NO to everything President Obama tries to put forward. It is very evident that the republicans have no answers to the problems facing this country and so they want this President to FAIL too, just as they have failed our Party. I went and changed my party today. I am now a Democrat and will support this President with all my heart.

    March 26, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  22. Michigander

    No, because then they can say they never knew about the policy! Same way they were invited to help with the spending bill, refused, then complained they were left out. These guys act like they're 10 years old on the playground. Grow up and help!

    March 26, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  23. mm

    hope "they all fail" and have heart attacks

    March 26, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. barbara miller

    No comments allowed on the very OLD story below? How long were you going to keep it under the radar?

    March 26, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  25. maf

    Wow, Republicans turning down invites to the White House. Sounds pretty disrespectful to me. Not really a surprise from a party without any sound alternatives other than "NO". This NO might resonate a little louder as Repubs believe they are the foreign policy experts. Can't be bipartisan if one party doesn't participate. The GOP will look back at these times and claim "how can it be bipartisan, we didn't even show up!"

    March 26, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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