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. diridi

    I respond to these GOP idiots, and thugs...what did you you do for the last ten years...???? Poured money like crazy in Iraq war...now talking all nonsense...idiots....you lost this nation's future into real hell....Do you have locus standi to talk further idiots...GOP is nothing but bunch of thugs, and rascals., and idiots...that's it...period...

    September 10, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Brian K.

    I guess Minority Leaders McConnell and Boehner were watching a different speech than I was, cause I didn't hear the President talk about raising taxes on anyone. Nor did I hear him talk about bailing anyone else out. Clearly the Minority Leaders are in a different universe.

    September 10, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. DWB

    "Unfortunately, the appointment of Austan Goolsbee to be the president’s chief economist represents a commitment to more of the same failed ‘stimulus’ policies.

    Just once I wish a republican leader would offer viable solutions without tacking on personal attacks on the president or any of his advisors.

    September 10, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Tim

    So did I. I ignored it.

    September 10, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Willa-PA

    Saying the same thing and not saying anything at the same time is, well, not saying anything other then saying the the same thing over and over again that the failed policies from the last ten years is what we should go back to, is what their saying, you know what I'm saying. ugh.....THEY are NOT for the MIDDLE CLASS is what I'm saying and they DO NOT want to give and inch to make this country better again.

    September 10, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Duck Fallas

    I just responded to Boner's response. Excuse me, I need to open a window.

    September 10, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. BenR

    Why these two keep complaining about taxes going up for those making $250k and above like it's the Brady Bunch who are getting their taxes raised back to the previous levels? My wife and I make NICE 5 figure salaries each but we don't make over that minimum .. we live really well and aren't hurting at all ... so I can imagine that Carl Icahn and his family don't really need a tax cut .... and we could use some of the debt paid down since the Bush tax cuts ARE INCLUDED in the countries debt ... always have been. Once this is corrected ... OMFG! a huge part of the deficit goes *poof*.

    They need to start worrying about people like my buddy who is a roofer and works his butt off for less then 40k a year ... it's people like him that are having a hard time ... not the uber rich or the moderately well off ... such as people like me.

    September 10, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Liz

    I'm so very sick of McConnell and Boehner and all the Republican liers... Half truths are still misleading lies.. Wake up Mushrooms come out of the cave. Listen to both sides and think for yourselves..

    September 10, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Lee - Austin, TX

    Republicans have absolutely no new ideas besides tax cuts and 'ending government takeovers' of this or that. It's really despicable, actually. We ARE the government. And if idiots like this are rewarded with another two years of getting paid to do absolutely NOTHING for their constiuents, I would be shocked. I already am shocked by the levels of deception people on the right continue to stoop to (and that the media lets them get away with) in order to promote negativity and suspicion towards this administration and its policies–even when facts are clearly not on their side. The economy was losing over 700,000 jobs PER MONTH, and is now growing–slowly–but growing. Yet they continue to say 'failed stimulus' as if they have anything to back up their claims–and all while they are in the midst of attending 'job-killing' ribbon cutting ceremonies for JOB-CREATING stimulus projects that they insist don't even exist.

    Seriously, what has the GOP done for ANYONE lately besides waste middle class money to help out their richy rich and special interest pals?! What have they proposed besides more of the same faulty economic policies that actually DO kill jobs, and were killing jobs for years under George Bush?! Not to mention that, if you had a job, your incomes went DOWN under Republican shills like GWB, while CEOS made fortunes stealing right from under our noses. What a shame if we take these losers back and trust them to make common-sense policy decisions. These guys are either crazy, deceitful, or most probably, both.

    September 10, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Darkus

    I don't know where the jobs are Boehner. Since you stole them over the last 6 years, maybe you could let us know?

    September 10, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Bill

    Both these Idiots have to come up with plan, they are talking the same
    old same old all the time,come out from the pocket of the big corporation and offer some solutions, you both did not do anything in last 19 months and I have doubt that your party has any new idias to
    creat job market and improve economy...................

    September 10, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Republican plan: let's go back to the Bush Jr. years and to the policies that lead to the recession to begin with. We are totally convinced that they will work this time...
    This is the same GOP that made excuses for Bush even after 4 years of his presidency for not being able to create a net gain in jobs. NOW they are getting impatient on job creation only after a year and a half? Hypocrisy!

    September 10, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. u2canfail

    The GOP spouts some very funny stuff, proven NOT to work. Trickle down economics, just puts money is the CEO's pocket. Then they send jobs overseas.

    There are tax cuts to small business in the Presidents plan, the mega corporations already have more tax breaks than you and I will ever see. Don't believe it, think football/baseball/basketball stadium, do you get the taxpayers to give you a free place to work?

    September 10, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. KK

    All this blame about raising taxes and half hearted economic stimulus is getting really old. Who ever is in charge over the next few years will really be tested. They will HAVE TO RAISE TAXES regardless of what they say. It is the only way to get rid of the dept our country has gained not only over the past two years, but over the past TEN YEARS! The concept of "if you want some thing you need to pay for it" does not just ably to recent history. If you want health care reform? You need to pay for it! If you want school reform, like no child left behind? You need to pay for it! You want to invade foreign countries and stage an eight year long occupation? (Iraq for you idiots out there) Guess what, YOU NEED TO PAY FOR IT! Education, infrastructure, military, food safety, law enforcement, social security, polition's salaries, clean water, power, the mail, all this stuff is paid for through taxes. If you use them, YOU NEED TO PAY FOR IT!

    September 10, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Obama's press conference...

    What press-conference?...a partisan staged question and campeign-speech answer....more of nothing and boring to say the least...!
    ..............more than an hour of blah, blah, blah, blah........................!

    September 10, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. roger

    You read both of their statements and read the transcript of the President's conference and they don't match. He didn't say anything about raising taxes to small businesses, he will do it to the rich. Since I'm not rich I don't care. Bohner's been in the tanning bed to long, first his skin and now his brain have gone orange.

    September 10, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Marry

    The only thing on their mind right from the beginning is: “All we can do to make the President fail”. As always, nothing new here and no better solutions from them. Wonder why some think the GOP would come up with anything helpful after November…….

    September 10, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Blkman

    What this President "needs" is those to clowns to stop their racist negative attutides and try and do their jobs.

    September 10, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. slipthalo

    Freeze all tax rates for 2 years = keeping the tax cuts for the over $250,000 gang and the wealthy. It's all about the wealthy for the Repubs – they care nothing for the middle class, in fact they would like to (and are doing their best to) make them disappear and make us a 2 class country – the haves and the have nots.
    But the little sheep keep following them...........

    September 10, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. evelin

    both are such liars!
    I can't believe, that there are Americans who believe those lies!

    The repubs haven't done anything to help this econemy!
    We have Bush's tax cuts for 10 years now, how come, if they help to create jobs, we are in a deep depression?

    September 10, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. really!

    OK, now lets see, President Obama makes one speech (sorry deigns to answer some prepared questions) and gets 8 article out of it. Two Republicans make speeches and get 1 article. I'm so glad CNN is "fair and balanced" objective journalism.

    September 10, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. jim

    Obama lives in his own little world.The economy is in the toilet and he acts like he's outside looking in and is surprised at what he sees.He's been president for nearly 19 months now and things don't seem that much better. But we owe 2 trillion dollars more and that will have to be paid back. His answer , lets spend some more borrowed money. I think the credit card is maxed out !!!

    September 10, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Dwayne

    Boehner -" 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."

    Question for a you John.....Where the hell have you been for the last 2 years? Did you finally figure out that you have to work together? No, you just want to sound like your willing to because all the GOP is known for is the party of "NO". "NO" on anything the Dems want to try and "NO" idea how to fix the problems.

    September 10, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. cjbny

    Republicans talk out of both sides of their mouth. You talk about wanting to control the debt, and then in the same sentence talk about continuing to give tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, who wouldn't spend it anyway. In essence they're saying, if our super-rich campaign contributors can't get tax breaks, no one can, no matter how much it hurts the economy. When will Americans wake up? Republicans aren't for less government, they're for their government. They're not for less spending, they're for their spending. The supposed "new idea" Boehner talks about is nothing new. It's just returning to the same failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place.

    September 10, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. T'SAH from Virginia

    “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..."

    LIAR, LIAR – pants on FIRE!!! How many times did President Obama said he wants to keep the tax cuts for small businesses and the middle class???? Huh???

    “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."

    LIE – how many times did President Obama say he wants to make loans available to small business (since the so-called banks are not loaning) so that they can expand and start hiring again????

    The RepubliCAN'Ts have the SAME talking points that they feel they MUST stick to and it's beginning to sound repetitive and annoying!!!

    DEMOCRATS – STATE your CASE – UNITE the BASE – and WIN this RACE in November, 2010!! Yes We Can!!

    September 10, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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