June 15th, 2010
09:22 PM ET
12 years ago

McConnell responds to Obama speech

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement after President Obama's Oval Office address Tuesday night:

“Every day seems to bring more bad news about the size and scope of this crisis, and reversing that trend should be the President’s priority. Legislation to respond to this oil spill should be an opportunity for genuine bipartisan cooperation, the kind that the President so frequently says he wants and the kind that has been sorely needed and sorely lacking in this midst of this tragedy. The White House may view this oil spill as an opportunity to push its agenda in Washington, but Americans are more concerned about what it plans to do to solve the crisis at hand.

“Like most Americans, Republicans support an energy policy that seeks to produce more American energy and use less. But while the BP-endorsed legislation the President supports will raise energy prices for every American family and business, it won’t end our dependence on foreign oil or protect the coastline and marshes of the Gulf coast.”

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. John PA

    McConnell, like your cohorts you have NO plan and you're talking nonsense. The President is absolutely correct on this one! Republicans do not support alternative energy solutions; they are leaving that to the future only when oil is exhausted. What about the fact that America's consumption of oil far outweighs what we have to tap do you not get? Get off oil or be reliant on foreign fuel, you idiot!

    June 15, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Anne P. CA

    The GOP is so frustrating that way. Incredibly blind to the facts starring down at them. So backwards in ideas and unwilling to make change to move us forward. Vote NO on the GOP! Our future depends on progress, not going backwards.

    June 15, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  3. Gordon Shumway

    Another commode to dump our economy down. Makes you wonder who's our worst enemy Obama or Osama!

    June 15, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  4. George of the jungle

    this tired old fart should think of something besides No to say. Like the president wanted this crisis. Repos are the biggest bunch of wind bags . We shopuld be able to use wind power just on them alone.

    June 15, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  5. HE Burow

    Mitch McConnell – typical GOP big words-empty head rhetoric. He should do something so that the tragedy will not happen again and help us move from fossil fuels as the President has been pushing. But no, the GOP can't afford – and does not want – to climb out of the pockets of big oil and other fossil fuel polluters.

    June 16, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  6. 60s survivor

    the GOP never exploits anything!! dang hypocrites

    June 16, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. MsDp

    This is a very good time to start our renewable energy process. This is a good time to think about the grandkids future. This is a good time to stop padding your pockets with the oil industry funds. If not now, WHEN BABY WHEN!!!!!! This is the right time to prepare our country to stop the DRILL BABY DRILL!!!!

    June 16, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  8. mark

    These guys go around and around. BI partisan support is funny. These guys dont want to solve anything. They have showed it over and over and over again. They are not looking at the best interests of the citizenry as they are still trying to carress and hold hands with the big boys. RWhat agenda is he pushing....? Alernative energys?. wow u have to be kidding. Are you one of the people who thnk this is way far off. where are you? Look at yoru cellphone and lets talk technology. Look close. Wing power and solar power is here. even small sized nuclear plants. I just dont see u dems or thy of the GOP ever getting anything done because you dont know how to draw a line down the middle. Give and take or anything like that. Its to funny watching this pan out because you all just think obama should be down there with a shovel while we have 2 wars a possible north korea south korea war. Israel acting like agrope of bandits. The clowns at teh border on Mexcio...the drug lords actine like they own stuff. All types of stuff going on. Okay that Obama is at least trying unlike Bush or Clinton(even tho he had a better than balanced budget) to get all this crap from all these yrs cleaned up. Come on folks this is the USA and we are suppose to work together for the common good. Tell me your doing it someway!???????????????

    June 16, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  9. Clark

    You just don't seem to get it Mitch!

    June 16, 2010 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  10. Brian Dodge

    In 2008 , the Republican energy policy was "drill, baby, drill", and VP candidate Sarah Palin advocated complete deregulation of energy industries, Republicans support producing more oil, and more coal, and sending North Slope Alaska gas to Alberta to produce more dirty syncrude. Republicans DON'T support more solar, wind, and other renewable American energy sources. Only eight Republicans supported clean renewable energy bill in the House, and they are blocking it with the threat of filibuster in the Senate. Their new found (or should I say new feigned) concern for the wetlands, sea life, and fishing/tourism jobs destroyed is a hypocritical political smokescreen designed to hide their responsibility, their true priorities, and their allegiance to fossil fuel interests.

    June 16, 2010 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  11. stevetall

    Lots of work to be done cleaning up, so let's get to it. No excuses for displaced oil workers. Start the clean-up of the mess that your industry has made. And by the way, just because a bunch of people have to find other ways to make money, that's not a good reason to keep doing dangerous, counter-productive things like drilling for oil in deep water. Duh!

    Stop whining about the cost of oil. It's much more valuable than the small price we've been paying for years, and now the environmental cost can be added to that total.

    We're all to blame due to our insatiable appetite for oil, regardless of the damage it's doing to our planet. It's not a Democrat's fault, it's not a Republican's fault.

    June 16, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  12. silence dogood

    he wrote this before the speech.

    June 16, 2010 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
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