September 10th, 2010
02:07 PM ET
11 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)
  1. Whatever

    HEY are you both going to REPEAL and STOP outsourcing and bring back manufacturing to America????? If the answer is NO – then you don't deserve our votes!!!!!

    Good bye!!!!!

    September 10, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Let me guess ?? You can go ahead a sum up their usual response in one word " NO "...Oh but then then added alittle about HELL NO "

    September 10, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. felicia

    Woo, woo, woo, boehner, and mitch, boehner says work together to get this country moving, now who has the same ideas. lies all lies

    September 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Lucas Breen

    Is this news?

    These people have no ideas of their own and are against anything Obama is for.

    September 10, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Mikey

    President Obama is not raising taxes on small businesses. He has proposed several tax breaks for them, but the GOP has blocked all attempts. The increase in taxes on the top 2% will affect very few small businesses. The impact will be primarilly on the uber-rich, corporate fat cats, and wall street traders and tycoons. 98% of Americans will get no increase or a tax break.

    The GOP is protecting their only REAL constituency – the richest 1 or 1/2 percent of Americans. The rest of you who support them are getting the shaft. Wake up and smell the coffee.

    September 10, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. g

    boehner knows were the jobs are when they were in power he helped his friends ship them overseas and gave them tax money and laws to do it republicans hate the middle class

    September 10, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. D.

    Where are the jobs? No one was elected to do nothing -to intentionally be a stragetic moment for another election. Those who did nothing should be the ones sent home. How can we be assured you will work when you have more of your kind- the Do Nothing Folks? We will still have the same President. It is better do do something but to do nothing is beyond the meter. The Man with the Tan is only out of the bed after Joe Scrabrough all but called him to the forefront recently. If one listens to the Do Nothing thought should go home and do nothing there. The Tea Party needs to find a person against the GOPers who STOPPED IN THEIR OFFICES.

    September 10, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. mms55

    this american is asking why anyone in their right mind would vote these moron's back into office? i don't have a job and i'm not blaming president obama i'm laying the blame right were it belongs,on the republican' see republicans your fear tactics don't work on me ,i'm an intelligent thinking human being and i don't have amnesia.

    September 10, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    EVERYBODY will get a break on the first 250,000 (a lot of people don't make even 1/10th of that).

    Republicans are protecting the corporations and wall street big dogs that feed the republicans' deep pockets.

    Nothing more, nothing less.

    September 10, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. rs

    John Boehner is flat out purposefully misconstruing what the President is doing. Most small businesses will nor be affected by letting the Bush Welfare for the wealthy tax cuts expire. Can Republicans ever tell the truth? Meanwhile Republicans in lockstep will block the vote on this economic package. Shameful!

    September 10, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Rob

    Right wing racists just keep doing there thing. Let's bring back the Bush Doctrine. Right. Idiots.

    By the way, CNN needs to get rid of David Gergen. This idiot is a wishy-washy hack and an old bore. Put this right-wing slug out to pasture.

    September 10, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Proud member of "Gobal Zero"

    They (GOP) have not been paying attention. They also lie more than any child I have ever known. Why do you not ask follow up questions?

    Where have all the journalists gone...long time passing...where have all the Journalists gone...long time ago......EVERYONE SING

    September 10, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Snow

    They are right, there is no one in this administration including the current occupant of the White House who has ever worked in the private sector. No where in nobummers speech did he say anything about cutting spending only increasing taxes on the rich. I for one have never got a job from a poor person and when you overtax the job creators, they do not hire people or expand their business.

    September 10, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    I'm waiting for Bonehead Boehner and chinless Mc Connell to tell us what John McCain would do had he been elected President. What's with the silence, Guys?

    September 10, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. larry

    These republican boneheads don't have a clue. The recession, the lack of jobs and the deficit are a direct result of the Bushy Boy tax cuts for the rich. Anyone who disagrees with this is either blind or an idiot. Please people, if the middle class and the poor have any chance of survival, the rich must be taxed. My advice is ditch Mitch throw out the Boehn and get rid of those who favor tax cuts for the wealthy.

    September 10, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Chumlee

    Boehner: "work together" – what a crock of B---! You and your
    Party of NO are obstructionists who do not want President Obama's

    McConnell, Boehner, et al: hypocrites 100%

    You are traitors to your country and should be booted from office

    Wake up American voters – the GOP is what is wrong with America

    September 10, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. ATPP

    What moron piss-heads the just sat-no GOP are. They are the reason the country's in the shape it's in.

    But what the hell, let the hate continue with the Becks, Palins and Limbaugh's

    September 10, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. mother and sister of soldiers

    As long as this president refuses to understand what drives the economy...and it isn't stimulus spending...the recovery will remain painfully slow and those who create jobs will continue to be conservative with their assets. Under Obama's policies, I hold no ill will to companies that leave this country. They can no longer be competitive with the democrat programs and taxes. Obama will drive this country futher down the hole unless there is a switch come November elections and this isn't fear but knowledge speaking.

    September 10, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Diane

    If Boehner ask one more time – where are the jobs –
    How dump can u GOP voters be?

    Do you hate Obama so much as to where you would ratter see your county fail?

    GOP's voters, dump, dump, dump dump, dumppppppppp.

    If Boehner says "NO", then its no. No mind of your own.

    September 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. D. Bunker

    Unless the GOBP intends to cut military spending or Social Security (good luck with that bit of stupidity), keeping the Bush tax cuts for the ultra wealthy will WORSEN the deficit. As usual, those rightwing loonies don't really care about America or the deficit, only their treasonous political careers.

    September 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. ehwilson429

    Obama should tell the nation his campaign was a HOAX and he knows nothing about economics or business.

    September 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Shirley in California

    Boehner PLEASE SHUT UP! It took you almost two years to come up with anything. Your "plan" is nothing more than a prescription for glasses for the permanent blind – who will never see anyway. You are a fraud and a liar. Not to mention a rare case of "orange" which could be contagious. Please go back to your broom and trailer and let people who have far more intellect, skill and real ideas proceed from cleaning up the mess (i)mam George W. Bush left us.

    Thank you.

    September 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. D. Bunker

    It's also bizarre to see the GOBPbaggers referring to the "failed" stimulus. It has reduced unemployment, the stock market is up and illegal aliens are taking fewer jobs. All of this is a SUCCESS in my book, yet the teatards keep lying and spreading propaganda.

    September 10, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    "President spent a lot of time blaming others and talking about more government spending."

    Yo', turtle gnome, it is not "blaming" as long as President Obama is stating facts.

    "Half-hearted proposals and full-throated political attacks won’t end the uncertainty that is keeping small businesses from creating jobs"

    Oh great Orange Oracle, you neo-cons ARE the ONES holding up the bill to help small business!

    So, again, all President O is doing is stating facts that neo-cons are against the little guy and have done NOTHING to improve their lot over the last two years.

    So, there was a "full throated political attack" but the attach has been perpetrated by the neo-cons on the working class of America!

    September 10, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Funny

    Look...... They have something to say.... OHHH not really... As usual. Boehner go get a tan. McConnell don't you have a oil meeting to attend? Please REPBULICANS get rid off those clowns.

    September 10, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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