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. raz

    proud of saying NO to anything that obama could do to take this country to the right track, because if obama succeeds, republicans will lose for decades to come. that's why Republicans rejected every measure obama wanted to pass from the beginning of his presidency. Republicans are good politicians but not good leaders

    July 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. annette

    and at the last note he claims that there are other issues they agree with the president and are willing the help pass them – betcha he'll flip flop!

    July 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. forwardgal

    This clown and others of his party make me gag. They are proud of having done absolutely NOTHING in the 8 yrs. prior, other than start a war that was unwarranted and give tax breaks to the rich?! Now, they claim to be against 'socialist' ideas that support the working middle class? Really?! What a joke! They will see what people think in Nov. when they vote NO to all of the losers in their party. Let the citizens of their states continue to support them. That's why they'll always be poor and ignorant. Look at the states these yahoos come from....enough said.

    July 18, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Marge

    This just goes to show that some people in this country still have a mental problem. The support big business and the super rich while a lot of them are struggling to keep their head above water. How can they be dumb enough to believe, Rush, Fox, Palin and Bachmann.

    Here you have a republican admitting he doesn't support the people who voted for him. That he supports corporations. I can't understand why any honest caring American doesn't give every one of these type of people the heave ho in November. But they won't they still have that stupid mentality that listens to and believes Rush, who spews his swill and rakes in the money while most can't afford the utilities.

    July 18, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. David Scott

    JUST ANOTHER RIP-PUBLICAN LYING LOSER. THE rip-publican party are all losers against AMERICA.

    July 18, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Lou

    If republicans had their way GM and Chrysler would not exist now. All their suppliers would be bankrupt. The elderly who don't qualify for health insurance would have no health insurance. There would be no student loans or grants. BP would not have put up the funds to guarantee the promises they are making. Wall Street would have no new reforms to stop them from repeating the past mistakes. Unemployed people would have no unemployment benefits. The list goes on and on. So go vote republican and see how you like it.

    July 18, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    These people are dispicable, I have a job and wouldn't mind at all helping out my fellow citizens in need, that's what America is all about, selfish Republicans and their teabagging minions are not American.

    July 18, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Gil

    The Pary of No has got to go! They are proud of holding up legislation that would help the unemployed and other Americans just to shipwreck the Obama Administration. Ttheir loyalties lie with Big Business, Big Oil and Wall Street only!

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

    Thing they are forgetting. Someday they will have a repub in the Whitehouse who wants to get their agenda passed. Then they will have to deal with the Dems saying no. Dems saying no and stopping them at every turn. Turn about is fair play.

    July 18, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Robyn

    The Republican Party is very clear.
    They stand united against America.

    They will continue to demand ever greater special privileges for old, rich, right wing, white, fundamentalist Christian people, to place them high above all other Americans. Because no one else is a True American.

    They do not believe in science, fairness, equality, morality, respect, responsibility, generosity, truth, honor, or facts.

    As Dick Cheney has said, those things are part of "reality based" culture.
    and True Republicans want no part of that.

    The Republican Party believes only in fear, hate, greed, and ignorance.

    And they will destroy anyone . . . , anyone . . . . , who stands in the way of remaking American in their graven image.

    July 18, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. L

    His list of items where he'd cooperate read just like the campaign positions of the Republicans for the past several years. So... His bottom line is: "Become a Republican and we'll cooperate with you."

    Slogans like being against "the government running banks, insurance companies, car companies" is such a distortion of the truth. The govt. bailed them out with loans that are to be repaid on a timely basis (many are already paid back) - not take over the companies permanently.

    If you think unemployment is bad now, just imagine what it would be like if we had let all these companies go under. The resulting credit crisis would have closed businesses all over main street.

    July 18, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. whatnext

    I was proud of saying no, too. When I was eighteen months old.

    July 18, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. rdg1

    I would always say no if the idea was from a democrat where good is bad and bad is good.

    July 18, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Joe Rn

    The NO party, No to improving anything, what's the slogan "stay the course". The GOP is dead, done, and they can blame themselves. This is the party that would vote NO regardless of the positive impact it may have on the voting public, just so the president may fail. I have zero use for a political party that claims it loves America, but clearly can't stand Americans.

    July 18, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Chuck in Jasper Ga.

    McConnel stated the republicans supported President Obama in some of his efforts “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." I understand now. Republicans support war and defense contractors, big oil, and big business. Everything else is NO.

    July 18, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Whimsy1

    I really don't understand the GOP's exaggerations. The car companies, health care and running banks have not been taken over by the government. The banks were really fouling up the student loan program and were just middlemen anyway... I worked in that industry and I know whereof I speak.

    And frankly, at this point in time "clean" coal is just not possible.

    I don't understand their view on tax cuts for the wealthy... don't they realize that it just adds to the deficit? And they always scream about the deficit.

    I used to be a Republican and I find there are many that are just scratching their heads like I am. The politicians are so busy running for election and appealing to large corporations for $$ and to a very right wing faction that they seem to have forgotten the middle class which is the backbone of our country.

    I can understand them saying no to one or two things but where is the compromise on jobs bills, energy, economy etc? I think some of them need to be "laid off" due to the recession as I have been.

    July 18, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Fed Up

    They should be proud to have said no to health care. How many of you know that beginning next year, the cost your employer provides for health insurance will be added to your taxable income??? Even though you get no money for this, you will be taxed on it. How many of you know that your child tax credit will go from $1,000 to $500 per child? Let's hear more "no" from the Republicans. Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out.

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

    This guy is the bigges puppet in our corporate industry. He WANTS war war war war war but he doesnt want to help our Americans. He talks about Banks,finance but he doesnt realize GOP was in charge when our economy collapsed.

    July 18, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. JB

    He has no defense. It's obvious.

    He's ready to take the republican "We think you're stupid" campaign on the road – this appearance was just the warm up. You'd have to be stupid to buy into his word soup. He must be hangin' with Sister Sarah, she's his tutor.

    July 18, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Mr. Moderate

    Are they capable of even telling the truth anymore? The government is NOT running any banks and their ownership interest has been decreasing since Obama took office. They are involved in ONE insurance company and became involved in that company when one of their guys was running the show. The government has a majority stake in one car company and it appears to be a success. The student loan program was already a government program. All they did was take the opertion of the program back from the private sector saving taxpayers money and eliminating a corporate handout. This is nuts! Grow up!

    July 18, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. frank

    Let him say that on election day.

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

    Nationalization of Student Loans?!? You mean as opposed to just handing $8 Billion each year to banks while at the same time guaranteeing the loans they make anyway? CNN, please stop letting them call regulation "nationalization." Part of the reason they can lie without much downside is because news organization never call them on anything.

    July 18, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Jill-IN

    I have worked in the insurance company business for more than 25 years and trust me, the government is NOT running insurance companies. My sister works at one of the largest banks and again, the government is NOT running banks. We are also parents and have put kids through college and think its great that the middle man has been cut out of student loans. If Republicans would have their way and privatize social security and Medicare it will be the biggest mistake ever. Can you imagine being over 65 and the only health care plan you have access to is Medicare which is great and then being told one day that you now get an annual "voucher" and just try to go out into the private insurance market and see how much health care you can buy with that voucher in a year. It would be a death sentence for many – just a bum's rush and a sneaky way to say you can't have healthcare.

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

    Look how successful his party was with the way that they managed the banking and financial industry, healthcare in this country, illegal immigration, the auto industry, loss of jobs overseas, and last but not least his party's "over regulation" of the oil industry with his mineral management office.

    He has NOTHING to be proud of in the previous Republican administration.

    July 18, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. E-Socrates

    I don't mind republicans and conservatives having ideas.. but when they act in such selfish and narrow minded attitude.. that really makes me mad. So the GOP is porud to say NO. How come they didn't open their mouths when their mediocre leaders Bush/Cheney, witrh deception, made a war in Iraq? 4,300 young solidiers died and Cheney still is collecting from Hulliburton. How come they didn't say NO to to the Banks and Wall street when they were stealing and ripping off to the American people? How come they didn't say NO to a war which caused 36,000 soldiers to be wounded emotionally and physically? YOU republicans, the politicians ARE PARASITES and you are servants of the rich. But.. lets make clear.. the rich have the right to get right.. but the HONEST WAY.
    Republicans are the dinosaurus in this country.. all ideas and no real open mind thinking that would help all equally.
    I wonder how the children of those republicans would be if they wouldn't have rules at home.. When there is no rules.. every body makes their own rules.. and that goesn for banks, insurance and Wall Street companies.
    YOU republican politicians are selfish, greedy, and you care only about other cih people. Deep inside you are hypocrites because you always use GOD among your words.. If GOD would come down.. HE/She would kick your flat behind for using HIS/HER name in vain..

    July 18, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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