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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  1. once upon a horse

    yep party of NO maning NO new ideas other than staying in bed with big oil, the insurance compaines and big corporations while givingtax breaks to the wealthy. The GOP has made it clear where they stand, yet some folks want to put them back in power.

    July 18, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. hypocricnnation

    Senator Mitch McConnell R-Kentucky Is Now Also Known As "Dr. No!"

    July 18, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Charlie in Maine

    We've been in your groove before Mister and it leads straight into the ditch where we found ourselves at the end of the last GOP take-over. Quick question: What do 1929 and 2008 have in common other than a collapse of the stock market? That's right both of those years started with Republican majorities in both houses of congress and a Republican President.

    Kind of makes you wonder why America would make the mistake again of voting in a GOP congress.

    I am a life-long Democrat and I would be the first to admit that we are not perfect but politics is not about "perfection it is about "comparison". When you compare the choice is a simple one.

    July 18, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Bill Surrey

    So Mitch says yes to some of Obamas policy. (dead silence)
    So, Mitch, what DO you and your party of no says?

    Same old Politics.

    July 18, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. mw-maryland

    He is in complete denial.

    July 18, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Reggie

    How can he sincerely be proud to say "No" if his party has no real alternatives. Not once have the republican party presented a job bill? Where are their initiatives for the economic issues of American. It's easy to prevent and block – how about being part of the solution.

    July 18, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. works for me

    This guy is the poster child for "career politician". Let's end this trend for once and for all. I can't believe career politician McCain is ahead in his polls. Especially when it was absolutely clear why he picked Palin. It wasn't for America, that's for sure. it was for him and the Party. Oooops, wrong again.

    The Party of No will be just that this November. NO MORE!
    The US Party of No Republicans. Step aside you morons with not an idea or a plan of what to do about anything... just say no. Just complain... just whine. Can't win on our merits... we haven't any!

    July 18, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |

    Well, nothing new there. The GOP has been against middle American dating back to the great depression. The only thing that would surprise me is sometime out there in the distant future they would say YES to something for the middle class!

    July 18, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Rick

    I hope the voters are not that stupid to give control back to the Republicans after 8 years of George Bush and Dick Cheney.

    July 18, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Scott A

    Republicans were (and in some cases, like with the tea party, still are) proud to say "whites only", "English only", and "No taxes, but I still want everything free that my taxes would have paid for". They're despicable and totally against helping humanity (unless it benefits them) and McConnell is proud of it.

    July 18, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. melissa

    this is a sick and demented way of thinking.
    the republican party is so far removed from reality.
    they shout the loudest and claim to speak for everyone.
    they do not care about the individual, only business and money.
    they are and will destroy our country.
    we will fall like the roman empire if we let the republican party
    have any power.

    July 18, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. wcnea567

    Republicans would say no to anything that may be good for the country so that they may get a chance to win in the coming election. They object so strongly against any government spending but they seem to have forgoten they are the ones responsible for almost all our huge national debt started by President Reagan in the 80's. We are now still paying the interest on money Reagan borrowed.

    July 18, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Len Smith

    The man is so clearly anti-American by every word he speaks. Let me see the Republican position on healthcare is to make sure that healthy people should not be required to have to have insurance, but when they get sick than the insurance companies cannot refuse them insurance. Now is that fair? Come on the republicans never do anything that helps the average American and you all know it. Just read history. What President finished his term with a budget surplus? What Presidents finished their terms with over the top budget deficits?
    Answers: Clinton, surplus as far as you could see. Reagan and Bush II, deficits equal to all former Presidents combined.

    July 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Steven

    Not one idea to fix anything in the country has come from the GOP. They stand back and watch and say "no." No is not the right word. We need to hear more "lets work together." Politics is getting out of hand.

    July 18, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. William

    I'm not surprised by anything the Replublicans say or do. For all that agree with them, all I can say is don't ever be on the other end. When the Republicans had power or the majority their concern was not with the people or the constitution. They are putting party ideology before the people they are supposed to represent.

    July 18, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Michael A.

    McConnell said in this interview that he wants to lover the debt, but believes that we cant let Bush tax cuts expire in a recession. He says we "have a spending problem". However, if we should reduce spending to pay for these tax cuts. Why didn't he and the rest of the senate do just that when they passed these tax cuts in the first place? Passing these huge tax cuts and adding them to the deficit didn't bother McConnell at all a few years back, but it seems to be all he is talking about now.

    It sickens me that people trust McConnell on economic issues. He clearly did not have the fiscal health of the country in mind a few years ago, and he must answer for that fact before he can be trusted as a credible source.

    July 18, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Larry from Texas

    The Republicans even reject their own ideas, when presented to them as a form of compromise. The Party of No is little more than organized, political terrorism. Most of my life I've voted for Republican candidates, but no more. I'll not support what has become a party of hate, deception, and destructive behavior – just to get re-elected. The GOP is no an instrument of the corporate elite, using angry, bigoted old white people to gain control of the American government. No ideas, no cooperation, and no love for America!

    July 18, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |

    The DEMS led by this President have done a C+ job of holding America together despite having to go it alone.........

    We really are in the middle of a recovery......... Jobs are coming back slowly but surely.......

    We as Americans would be foolish, and sorely misguided to think that after the private sector shedding 8 million jobs, that 1 year after the job hemmoraging stopped that we would add a million jobs a month back to the economy........ Anyone who thinks that is what was going to happen, or expect it to happen, was/is delusional or foolish.

    I say we stay the course with the DEMS controlling the house, ( I trust Pelosi, over Boehner).........However i do hope that the GOP eventually will add some moderate voices to their caucus.

    July 18, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    NO to healthcare... YES to war in Iraq.
    Whose got YOUR back?

    July 18, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. KLS

    Where was his voice when Bush was our president!!! Our nation is in the current crisis because of his leadership. Cutting taxes while fighting two wars plus telling the American public to go and shop never made any financial sense.

    We become a nation living on nothing but credit. Bush and the Republican held congress took a national surplus and turned it into our nation’s largest deficit.

    Letting regulations expire on how our financial markets are controlled so big businesses could basically rip off the average American is in my opinion un-American!!

    Saying “NO” to basic health care for all Americans is almost criminal.

    Let’s band together to take away his taxpayer funded health insurance and let him deal with insurance companies or Medicare (socialized medicine!!!) like the rest of us.

    July 18, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. marlene

    What the majority leader McConnell is really saying is that the GObP is proud to be in favor of : big health care companies, big banks and wall street, big credit card companies, big student loan companies and big oil. Notice anything about these favorables? Big corporate America, not interested in anything middle america cares about. The Party of No, as Mitch McConnell manufactured needs to hear NO in November.

    July 18, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Larry

    I do not understand why anyone prints, day in and day out, the MEANINGLESS words of these self preserving Republicans

    Anybody out there that thinks the Republicans care one iota about this country or it's people are simply delusional

    July 18, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. B

    Was it not under a Republican that this economic crisis was created? To me the Republicans have been saying no just say no, regardless of the disastrous effects it has on the rest.

    July 18, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. John

    All the GOP stand up for company and people with big money they don't care about people that don't, that why they always said no to very thing the Democrats do. I understand you may not agreed on something but you GOP said no to everything. So when it come time to vote I'm going to said no to Republican. You guy need to start working for people and not big money or you may be looking for new job come time to vote.

    July 18, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. mouche

    The Republicans tout no because their ideas of trickle downw economics, tax cuts for the wealthiest and business deregulation have brought this nation to its knees. It is evident that they do not understand that their jog is to govern not amass power at any cost.

    July 18, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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