March 23rd, 2010
08:07 PM ET
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McConnell: Republicans will run on 'repeal and replace'

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Tuesday that the GOP will make Democrats' recently passed health care bill the centerpiece of its midterm election strategy.

"Repeal and replace will be the slogan for the fall," McConnell said in an interview on John King, USA.

The leading Republican told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King there were some reforms in the health care bill that could have been agreed to on a bipartisan basis. But McConnell charged that the bill's cuts to the Medicare program, new taxes and the possibility of higher individual insurance premiums were all things that Republicans would like to see changed.

Explaining the "repeal and replace" slogan, McConnell added, "And we're going to remind the American people of that in the future and hopefully we'll be able to repeal the most egregious parts of this and replace them with things we could have done on a bipartisan basis much earlier this year."

McConnell sat down with King on the same day that debate began in the Senate on a second bill of amendments to the main health care bill that Congress passed Sunday. Republicans have already begun to submit a barrage of amendments to the second, smaller bill which are intended to make it very difficult for the second bill to make its way through the Senate unchanged as required by the special procedure Democrats are using to avoid a GOP filibuster.

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Asked about the second bill, the Kentucky Republican predicted that the smaller bill would not get any support from Senate Republicans.

"All of our members will vote no," McConnell told King. "And actually a number of Democrats will vote no as well. The only thing bipartisan about this bill will be the opposition to it."

McConnell left open the possibility of more debate over health care reform if his party is successful in preventing passage of the second bill in the Senate.

"The American people expect us to try to change this if we can, and if we can get a simple majority under the procedures that are laid out in this particular measure, we can change it, send it back to the House and continue the debate," McConnell told King. "And the debate, by the way, will not be over today. This is the beginning of it."

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Fed Up

    Repeal what's good for middle Americans and replace with what's good for insurance corporations.

    Thanks a lot Mitch.

    March 23, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Ada-Mount Pocono,pa

    Why didn't the Repugnants to something before. They are still spewing hate. Thats all they are good for. President Obama tried to include them but they resisted.

    Now they want to create more dissension and divide this country.

    Why wouldn't they want healthcare for ALL. It's still about the insurance companies that are supplementing their incomes.The party is over and they are bitter and resentful against the people.

    They are against America and its citizens. Wake up people the repugnants are about themselves.

    March 23, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. Limbaugh is a liberal

    C'mon! Republicans wrote half of this bill already, and in the end still voted no on it! Even if democrats completely caved in and let ALL of the bill be written by republicans, the GOP would still vote no on it! So cut the bull! This has nothing to do with principle. This is strictly political games!

    March 23, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Yes, we will replace anyone who thinks that the way to get things done is to incite violence against our elected officials. Who are the communists and Nazis now!?
    Too bad President Obama is not Hitler because all these people would be rounded up and taken to concentration campus.
    I, for one, believe they should be because it's obvious their hatred is clouding their judgment and it's downright scary what they are doing to bring out the right wing gun toting nutsos.

    March 23, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Peter E

    It is ironic that the republican party, that fought and won the Civil War to enforce the federal government's supremacy over states' rights is now the one calling the same supremacy 'unconstitutional.' The same GOP that up until the last few years mandated the 'No Child Left Behind' act without paying for it, now criticizes democrats imposing similar mandates on states. They either have very short term memories, never learned history, or are just lying hypocrites. My guess is that they're all three, but mainly the last one.

    March 23, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. indy

    Why wasn't the executive order concerning the abortion funding part of today's signing? I hope the President didn't lie to Mr. Stupak when he promised he would do that. Where's the story on this? If President Obama doesn't make that promise he doesn't get enough votes. Sign it or those reps that wanted that order should fight to get the whole bill brought back to Congress! If they don't, they're all liars!

    March 23, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. John Hennessy

    Yes, Mitch: "Repeal & Replace."


    That, plus the entire Republic Party will happen if you continue to fight against what WE THE PEOPLE both want and need.

    I doubt most seriously if you or anyone in the Republic Party has ever taken the time to actually speak with AN AMERICAN PERSON... how dare you be so arrogant as attempt to speak for US!

    March 23, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. ED FL

    Just goes to show you the intellect of a Kentucky politician. He must have gotten his education in Kentucky. If he was smart enough to know third grade math he could see that the amount of seats to take over the house and Senate just are not possible . If that possibility ever came about they could NEVER get enough DEMS to join their project not to mention the Presidents VETO POWER. That could not happen until 2012 at the earliest. By that time enough lesser advantaged voters would see the benefits and Vote THE BIBLE BELT hate mongering Racists out of office and hopefully a better class of politician WOULD WIN.

    March 23, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. Gordon Shumway

    Impeachment would also be a worthy goal!

    March 23, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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