October 26th, 2010
04:54 PM ET
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WH bristles over top Republicans' remarks

(CNN)–The White House is firing back at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after he told the National Journal that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

With his usual sarcastic tone, spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters "maybe Senator McConnell is interested in running for President."

The White House believes that fixing the ailing economy is the single most important thing, so top aides jumped at the chance to paint McConnell's comments as more business as usual, and part of the problem that landed the "car in the ditch."

Gibbs said there will be time in two years for a presidential campaign, but that "members of the Senate are elected and hired by the people of the United States to get stuff done for the people of the United States, not posture and play political games, gum up the system."

Senator McConnell's spokesman Don Stewart told CNN that senators "are not elected to rubber-stamp the President's agenda, particularly when that agenda conflicts with the will of their constituents." Stewart did not back away from McConnell's comments, reiterating that "ending the Obama Administration's liberal agenda as soon as possible is Sen. McConnell's top political priority."

He said the White House is only targeting them in order to avoid focusing on their failed economic policies.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitch McConnell • Robert Gibbs
soundoff (274 Responses)
  1. Katie

    "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

    That has been the republican goal since day 1 of the obama admin. Demint said it himself. Party first.

    How else can you explain their outright negligence in working to get our country and the economy back on track. They have worked with wall street, the banking industry, the oil industry and the health care industry – all against the American people. Turning their backs on small businesses and the unemployed. Republicans have no interest in legislating – only campaigning. It borders on being traitorous – accepting no responsibility for the results of failed republican policy – walking away scott free to work with the lobbyists – they haven't learned any lessons, and they certainly don't deserve a second chance to finish off the destruction of the bush admin. Lord help us all.

    October 26, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. CNN watcher

    Republicans in office care NOTHING about fixing the economy, as we've seen they've done absolutely nothing to help these past 2 years. We know know what their real priority is, which does nothing to help their constituents.

    October 26, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Independent

    Republicans and their policies are what got us into this mess, why should we trust them again? No thank you. How about working on the economy first instead of running a 4 year campaign against Obama?

    October 26, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. lforlegend

    "If he digs one ditch you might as well dig two, because Mitch will surely fall into one of them. The games these turkeys are playing are NOT good for America.

    October 26, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. pw

    Horse face McConnell looks like Mr. ED. A horse is a horse of course, of course.

    October 26, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. stevegee

    Mconnell speaks for an overwhelming majority of American citizens: our number one priority is to stop Obama and his radical Socialist agenda, and make him a lame duck, one-termer. November 2nd is the first wave, and it will be a landslide victory for the conservative movement. Vote American, vote Republican.

    October 26, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Dean

    The White House believes that fixing the ailing economy is the single most important thing...................................Too bad that Obama does not know this.

    October 26, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Dean

    Car in the ditch......................................For those uneducated hateful liberals who think Obama is our savior and continue to blame Bush for our current financial crisis please read the following. I know it may be difficult for you to understand but read it anyway.
    It was Clinton who killed the Glass-Steagall, and it happened under a Democratic president. Barney Frank and his committee, they, they kept propping up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saying everything's fine, everything's fine, everything's good. And it was his job to know everything wasn't fine. And Barney Frank let you down and let us down as well. And so, but I want to say there's blame to go both ways. But I will say, I want to, I maybe keep beating this to death, but I still think anyone in this Congress who voted to add $140 billion to that bill, they should be ashamed of themselves. That is a disgrace. It's a disgrace. This Congress is a disgrace, Democrat and Republican.
    The Financial Modernization Act is better known under the names of its authors Gramm-Leach-Bliley - which, amongst other things:
    • Repeal[ed] the restrictions on banks affiliating with securities firms contained in sections 20 and 32 of the Glass-Steagall Act.
    • Create[d] a new "financial holding company" under section 4 of the Bank Holding Company Act. Such holding company can engage in a statutorily provided list of financial activities, including insurance and securities underwriting and agency activities, merchant banking and insurance company portfolio investment activities. Activities that are "complementary" to financial activities also are authorized. The nonfinancial activities of firms predominantly engaged in financial activities (at least 85% financial) are grandfathered for at least 10 years, with a possibility for a five year extension.
    For those unfamiliar, the Glass-Steagall Act was the 1933 legislation separating the functions of banks, brokerage firms, and insurance companies designed to prevent another crash like what occurred in 1929. Congress has been whittling away at these restrictions since 1980, and finally removed the last vestiges with Gramm-Leach-Bliley in 1999.
    Readers are advised that this bill passed by a vote of 362-57 in the House, and 90-8 in the Senate. As such, it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
    Maybe more important, as it was signed into law on November 12, 1999, despite all the blame disgraceful Democrats and media members have been assigning President Bush during this financial crisis, he had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the legislation that allowed financial institutions to engage in the activities that have led to and caused the current banking and lending meltdown. Clinton and congress are responsible for subprime lending.

    October 26, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    You can read the GOP agenda like a 2 page book. Biggest group of saboteurs and traitors EVER in American history. The GOP is pathetic. Shame on you Mitch.

    October 26, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. emmett brown

    It is no surprize these guys have a serious issue with a moinorities in power, what are they going to do when a Mexican American, Asian American runs for Office....

    October 26, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. John

    Obama can not work with party at all. He can not find a common ground in both parties to get a solution to a problem.

    October 26, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. What is the country coming to

    Well the cat is out of the bag.......they only thing they care about is to x's the President at any cost. GOP don't give a damn
    about the America People. They only care about big business. For those REP you better put your thinkler cap on, because it not about you or anything else. Its about them. What is this counrty coming to ? We The People have the power to STOP
    them in their pockets, so lets do it. VOTE DEM...............

    October 26, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Tim

    Now there is the pot calling the kettle black.

    October 26, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Always Independent

    The democrats keep saying that republicans drove the car into the ditch. I think democrats dug the hole we are in.

    October 26, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. emmett brown

    I going to enjoy these guy going after Obama instead of taking care of there own states.. I hope your Repub's states have everything you need because these guys are going to run you dry.... I hope after the election someone starts to bring up the fact we have some of the worst Governers running these states we have had in a long while. It nice to have a I hate Obama in your pocket to cover up the bad jobs be down around the Country....

    October 26, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. kay

    The party of NO doesn't care about the people's well being. The No Party cares only about filling their pockets from big corporations.

    October 26, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. mike

    Everyone knows by now that McConnell isn't a serious leader, he's an embarassment. He would have been ousted if the republicans weren't in such soryy shape.

    October 26, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Peru

    So what is he supposed to say "Gee ,as the Republican leader in Senate I sure am going to work hard to get this guy reelected cause he sure is swell for this country". What an ego.

    October 26, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. DR

    You sure tell this is edited so most of the comments are for Obama. No wonder this is CNN

    October 26, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Chris

    I think most of you need to pull your head out of the sand. If you will go back and look, Bush did NOT hold the purse strings. The economy started floundering in 2006 when DEMOCRATS took control, Wall Street got jumpy, the housing market (Fanny and Freddie, controlled by Barney and Chris) started making bad loans because of the pressure of before stated. Get your facts right before coming to the table

    October 26, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Cogito

    Katie.....are you a twit? Democrats have had a super majority in Congress most of the past 4 years.

    Obama socialist economic policies were tried by FDR, and failed. It took 9 years for unemployment to go down, and 25 years for the markets to recover from FDR. Insanity is when you replicate the failed policies of the past and expect a different outcome.

    October 26, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Steve

    It's "Republican's", nor "Republicans'". God, these people are illiterate.

    October 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. republicrat

    All the of the liberal hatebashers above need to realize that the democrats have been in control of the house and the senate since 2004. Stop blaming Bush we have been subjected to the Reid-pelosi agenda for 4 years it doesn't work. This is the democrats mess not Bushes.

    October 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. willard bullock

    Presdient obama are keep trouble liar talk with amercian cause harry reid and nancy peslois are mocked out

    October 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Reality Stinks

    What I think Gibbs doesn't understand is that McConnell also wants to fix the economy. It's painfully obvious that the Democrats and Obama are now a part of the problem and are causing grave damage to the country. Step one in fixing the economy is removing Obama from the Presidency. So simple even Gibbs should be able to understand.

    October 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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