July 18th, 2010
12:42 PM ET
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McConnell defends GOP against Dems' 'party of no' charge

Washington (CNN) – With midterm elections less than four months away, the top Republican in the Senate said Sunday that the GOP is “proud” to oppose many aspects of Democrats’ agenda. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, also laid out some issues where he said Republicans support President Obama.

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, McConnell ticked off a litany of Democratic agenda items that his party has opposed.

“Look, what we are proud to say no to, and I think what the public wants us to say no to, are things like the government running banks, insurance companies, car companies, nationalizing the student loan business, taking over our health care,” McConnell told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

McConnell also pointed to the recently passed financial regulatory reform bill, the growth of the federal workforce, action by the Federal Communications Commission to assert authority over the internet, and the possibility that the National Labor Relations Board will change the law regarding how unions can be formed.

“Yes, we are opposed - let me make it clear, we are absolutely opposed to all of those things, and proudly so,” McConnell said.

But the GOP leader quickly added that his party agrees with the president on other issues and is willing to work on passing some legislation the president says he wants.

“There are some things the president is trying to do that we support. We support his efforts in Afghanistan, I think he is on the right track there. I think he continued the policy successfully in Iraq. He says he is for trade deals, where are they? We would like to help him pass them.”

McConnell also mentioned some aspects of energy policy, specifically nuclear power and clean coal technology, as another area where the GOP might work with the White House.

“So the question is, what are you saying no to? We will proudly say no to the litany of things that I just mentioned a few minutes ago.”

On the GOP’s prospects in the midterms, McConnell said, “The environment is very good for a good year,”

With Republican candidates “either competitive or ahead in 11 different states now where there are Democratic incumbent senators.”

But he would not predict exactly how many Senate seats he thinks the GOP might pick up in November, only that it has a good chance of increasing its number of Senate seats.

“I'd like to be in better shape than the 41 that we have now. And I think the chances of that are pretty good,” he told Crowley.

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soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Positive

    Wow! That must be a record for number of events misrepresented/mischaracterized in one sentence! Do the GOP leaders have any actual ideas or is misrepresenting the accomplishments of President Obama all we are to expect?

    July 18, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Bob

    The Republicans (and some conservative Democrats) are all too happy to say NO to any meaningful effort to control greenhouse gas emissions. Their argument (against a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade approach) is that it would hurt the economy.

    How about saying NO to damage to the economy (and to the rest of life on the planet) that will be caused by global change, including global warming but also ocean acidification and lots more???

    July 18, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. John in Cal

    I also am a party of NO, NO to voting for ANY Republican EVER again.

    July 18, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Beth60

    the banksters made a huge mess of the student loan program. I, for one, am glad it's back in the hands of the public sector.

    July 18, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. berndtc

    Working with the party across the aisle is called Government. Saying NO to everything the other party proposes is immature, selfish and hateful, and shows a lack of character. The Party of NO is in total opposition to government, w/no concern as to the effect their childishness is having on our nation. We must remember, in November, how the Repub’s refused to contribute to the government of our nation for the last 18 months, and how they turned their collective backs on the nation when they were needed most to repair the damage left by the previous administration. If they cannot govern, and they cannot cooperate, what good are they?

    July 18, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Donald in CA

    Yes, the republicans are PROUD to say NO to unemployment benefit extension. Plus, the jobs are not coming back unless you go to China and get a job. We cant compete with Chino, Mexico, India and other countries in manufacturing. But the republican answer or no answer is tax cuts for the rich and we see how well that worked under bush. Go in Wal Mart, Costco and other stores and look for a made in AMERICA prouduct, good luck.

    July 18, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Riley



    July 18, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. JPT

    Totally into "no"– specifically when it deals with voting for obstructionists.

    July 18, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. roro

    This November, say NO to the Republicans, and be "proud of it."

    July 18, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Ted T.

    Let's get real! The republicans from day won chose their idiology to block every commen sense proposal that President Obama stood for.
    I just hope that the American voters realize what the republicans are doing. They think by apposing and citisizing President Obama for every little thing, miss characterizing President Obama's agenda, race baiting , labeling him a socialist and lying to all Americans that will put them back in power. G-d save the U.S.A. if that will happen. We Americans are better then that.

    July 18, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Simon

    Vote NO to the party of NO in November! These brats ruined our country and will stay in the minority for a long time.

    July 18, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. diane

    all these corporations, that he doesnt think gov. should be involved in, is because, they are paying repubs to say NO, if gov, doesnt get involved in putting regulations on them, they will continue to do exactly what they want, and bankrupting the american people. i say no votes for repubs, and i say it is imperative that we, cut out their golden fleece retirement plan and their good health care, that we , the people pay for. none of us can afford to give them plans like that.

    July 18, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. bennie new york

    It's easier to say "no" than it is to come up with your own solution. The fact that the GOP just simply blocks everything instead of working for it's own solutions shows that the party isn't really based on anything except fighting against the supposed spectre of liberal tyranny. Maybe it'll get McConnell's party some more seats and maybe the majority in the House and Senate one of these days, but once the party that doesn't know how to offer any clear solutions is holding the keys, they'll be forced to take responsibility for once.

    July 18, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Ronnie

    The party of NO will get NO votes in November! Especially with millions without unemployment benefits!

    July 18, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Lacking common sense - Kansas

    Proud to oppose ideas of the Democratic party and protect Americans, to bad I have I not hear ideas from the Republican party for the furture of America except that Democratic ideas are bad. Where I am the only reason Republicans will more than likely carry the day in November is that there is no choice, so we simply vote for those canidates that we feel will inflict the least harm upon our nation.

    July 18, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Donald

    @steve, hand outs huh? Ever though about how things would be if republicans were in charge? thats a scary though huh

    July 18, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Hannah

    I am with Vic. I say no to Republicans. No more Republicans! No more tax cuts for the rich. No more deregulation. No more to cozying up with oil companies and giving them a free pass. No more illegal wars draining our taxes over seas while the deficit loams large for Americans. Think of all of the money that has been drained from this country by the bush wars and funneled to the wealthy, to the military industrial complex, Haliburton and other war contractors. Trillions and it is like throwing our hard earned money down a money pit, lost forever. Except that people like Dick Cheney and others are billionaires because of it. Never vote Republican.

    July 18, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Linda

    There is no defense for destroying America, and obstructing needed remedies to the many problems facing us.

    Party of NO is a negative, and they all need to be booted out of office -
    Democrats/Independents: mobilize and get out the vote to kick these idiots out of office.

    McConnell: you and your GOP comrades are what is wrong with our
    country – you and Bush put us in the toilet. Get out of the way of those –
    thank you President Obama – who are working to undo the total damage you have done!

    July 18, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Hawk in Texas

    In other words the republicans say no to any thing that helps the woking class, poor people and senior citizens. they vote no to anything that hurts big buisness. like banks, credit unions, wall street and other theifs. AMERICA VOTE NO TO THE PARTY OF NO.

    July 18, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. JPX

    "the GOP is “proud” to oppose many aspects of Democrats’ agenda." Wow, he's openly stating that the GOP is proud to be obstructionistic. It amazes me that the republicans are still acting like children because they lost. Are you "proud" of all the Bush/Cheney policies?

    July 18, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Publius Novus

    If you lie, at least you should be a good liar. The "gummint" has not taken over the running of the banks, the insurance compaines, or the car companies. The student loan business has been taken out of the hands of the bandids who were running it. The government has not taken over health care by a long shot–perhaps Sen. McConnell didn't know that the public option did not pass. The recently passed financial regulatory reform bill provides far less regulation than we actually need, given the size and complexity of the financial industry in this country. The federal workforce has added a hundred thousand or so positions, but almost all of those came from Pres. Obama's predecessor in office. And the NLRB will not be changing any rules on how unions can be formed unless the Congress authorizes such changes–a topic on which the Repulbicans' anti-labor views are well known. Come on Sen. McConnell, level with us. The same old overstatement and spin we've been hearing from you for too many years.

    July 18, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Rickster

    these people need to be kicked to the curb. nothing but lying obstructionists.

    July 18, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Eric

    Senator McConnell and the Republicans largely don't get it. I've no problem with saying no to tax increases. However, the Republican mantra of "tax cuts" is nuts. It has to stop. This country needs tax stability. Is the flat tax right? I don't know. But something needs to be done. I support efforts to stop entitlements. It is bankrupting this country. However, look at the record during Republican control of Congress. Entitlements continued to escalate with no effort to reign in the spending. The Republicans have to realize that we, as citizens, are sick of their mantra as well. End all corporate tax breaks and have a flat, baseline tax, all across the board. Have a stable income tax, and have federal pre-emptive legislation to stop the states and counties from taxing us out of our homes.

    July 18, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Ron

    Of course they are proud to say no! What else can they say since bringing the country to the brink of financial ruin and into two wars with no way of paying for them? No, is their mantra! Heartless bastards would say no if their mother's life was on the line unless there was a payday in it for themselves. Trickle down economics???Ya right, what that means is support the rich and piss on anyone who isn't!

    July 18, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. bill

    GOP is proud of saying "NO". The middle and lower class are the recipiants of this vote. Say "NO" in November to them.

    July 18, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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