September 10th, 2010
02:07 PM ET
12 years ago

GOP leaders respond to Obama's press conference

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner on Friday responded to President Obama's White House press conference.

Read their statements after the jump:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

“Like small businesses and families across the country, I was disappointed to hear the President insist on raising taxes on hundreds of thousands of small businesses and families across the country. The President spent a lot of time blaming others and talking about more government spending. But Americans want to know that Washington is going to stop the reckless spending and debt, the burdensome red-tape and job-killing taxes. They’re speaking up. They want to know that Washington is finally listening.

“But I agree wholeheartedly with the President that we need to do everything we can to fight al Qaeda, while being clear who the enemy is. And that Congress and the nation must remain resolved that Afghanistan can no longer serve as a sanctuary for al Qaeda.”

House Minority Leader John Boehner:

“With the American people still asking ‘where are the jobs?,’ both parties should work together to show the American people we’re listening and ready to act now to create jobs and get our economy moving again. Half-hearted proposals and full-throated political attacks won’t end the uncertainty that is keeping small businesses from creating jobs. Republicans have proposed a two-part plan to boost the economy now by freezing all tax rates for two years and cutting government spending to where it was before all the bailouts, government takeovers, and ‘stimulus’ spending sprees. This is a plan Congress can and should act on this month. If the president is serious about focusing on jobs, he should be willing to sit down with Republicans and discuss this new idea to get the economy moving again.

"Unfortunately, the appointment of Austan Goolsbee to be the president’s chief economist represents a commitment to more of the same failed ‘stimulus’ policies. This president urgently needs people around him who’ve created jobs in the private sector and understand the challenges small businesses face, people who aren’t wed to the worn-out notion that our nation can simply spend its way back to prosperity. I hope that the president will take this into account as the reshuffling of his economic team continues.”

Filed under: John Boehner • Mitch McConnell • President Obama
soundoff (83 Responses)

    So when did Obama say he was raising taxes on small businesses and families, Mitch?

    Did you even hear the same speech or are you such a parrot that you don't even know how to say anything other than the GOP lies?

    September 10, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. SayWhat

    Representative Boenher should take some time off from making idiotic statements and bone up on his American history. He is suggesting the same policies that failed when Herbert Hoover tried them in the Great Depreeison, with the result that the Depression continued for ten years, until the manufacturing of war material for WWII brought this country back to economic health. To suggest that the President should be able to bring the country back from the precipice of economic meltown in the span of a year and half, in an economy that has been hemorraging jobs overseas for thiry years is completely ludicious and disingenous. The GOP needs to stop playing politcal football with America's future and put the American people ahead of their own selfish interests.

    September 10, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Are you kidding me?

    Where did these two listen to the press conference, in one of those lesbian sex clubs the GOP is so fond of? I did not hear the President say anything about "raising taxes on hundreds of thousands of small businesses and families". To the contrary, I heard him asking you knucle-headed people to STOP OBSTRUCTING him from giving them tax cuts so they start hiring people and our economy can get better FASTER!! Don't get it twisted Mr. McConnell, we know EXACTLY who is listening in Washington and it is not YOU the rest of the GOP! You will see come time to vote who we think is listening. As for Mr. Boehner, don't think we have forgotten who caused the problem that produced a NEED for the "bailouts, (I won't even justify the "takeover "statement with a response) and stimulus'. You have purposely said no to everthing the President has tried to accomplish. You are already mad about Mr. Gooslbee and that JUST rolled off the assembly line!!!! What have YOU done to help created jobs? If it were not for the party of NO, there probably would be more people hiring than there are now. Thank God for President Obama, if it were not for him and his team we would not have what little growth we do have. Keep up the good work Mr. President and may God continue to bless and keep you.....

    September 10, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Interesting that neither of these men sight any reason to give tax breaks to the 250K Club.
    Not one perosn with money i know says "gee i sure wish I could get a tax cut so I can go ourt and hire someone or start a business"
    What i do hear is " I want lower taxes to keep more of my money"
    Money, by the way they made gambling for the most part- in the stock market Where's the gambling tax on that money fi they want a cut on real income?

    September 10, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    By the way – who makes this 250K a year?
    Doctors, lawyers, movie and record industry professionals? It's not the guy on the corner with a small business working 16 hours a day and certianly not the average employee.

    September 10, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    To Obozo and his "so-called" New Economic Plan:

    Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us! Your radical tax and spend record, class warfare agenda and the same old Bush-blaming is falling deaf ears now!

    September 10, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. John B. From New Hampshire

    Jesus was a socialist liberal lol 🙂

    September 10, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Jetty

    Keep talking and making the right case for the middle class America, Cut taxes for 97% of americans, invest in infra-structure, provide affordable healthcare for all average american and promote policies that keeps our economy growing again.

    November 2010 would vindicate you and give the GOP their worst election upset for sticking to NO YOU CAN'T for you the great things you propose during your tenue.

    September 10, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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