October 26th, 2010
04:54 PM ET
12 years ago

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. Dennis D

    Obama has been so bad the best thing for America is booting him in 2012. McConnell is correct.

    October 26, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Kiki

    Are you telling a story or writing a news article, Dan?
    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."

    October 26, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. usualone

    It is obvious the Republicans would want the President to be a one-term President. What it really shows is that the Republicans do not ever want to work for the people of the United States. McConnell is the champion of "no" to anything that this administration proposes. What is interesting, that much of the health care reform package is what the Republicans put forth, only to vote against it. When will people realize they are not for Americans and use only scare tactics about their opponents. They will raise taxes too contrary to their proclamations. Everyone must remember George Bush's comments about "no new taxes."

    October 26, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. blownaway

    It is unbelievable how many people seem to still be swallowing the liberal lies... don't you people have eyes? Brains? Get your head out of the sand, start paying attention to what is REALLY happening instead of what the liberal media is telling you is happening. I hope more of you shed your cobwebs and start paying attention before it is too late.

    October 26, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. kerry

    Uhh, excuse me – but it wasn't the conservatives in congress that passed the laws that led to the mortgage meltdown – that was entirely the dems starting back in 92 when Clinton was in office. They made the situation worse every year until it melted down, then tried to blame it on the conservatives. Yet George W Bush, John MCcain and a few others warned the dems for years that it needed to be fixed or it would blow up in their faces – well guess what it blew up in their faces and you libs still want to blame the reps. Amazing to me how you all keep being brainwashed and gullible – I think I will change from saying libs to guppies.

    October 26, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. TN MIke

    Ok people.
    GO ahead and vote the liberals in again, and see just how close to utopia they'll get you.
    You think this nation is hurting now? Well go ahead and put those commie creeps in again and trust me when I say; you aint seen nothing yet!
    I'm talking about a hurtin you aint never had before. But some of you are smarter than to fall for the ole party line crap, so there's still hope for our country.
    Am I suggesting the Republicans are any better? Yeah and no. At least they have sense enought to know that if this country collapses due to some stupid policy they supported, they are going to pay dearly for it. And so are the Democrats.

    October 26, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Vincent

    This awful president and his lemmings in the Democrat party have dealt one body blow after another to our nation's ecoonomy. Stopping the madness and repealing Obamacare is priority #1 to save the nation from the destruction of the last 4 years.

    October 26, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. YouDude60

    Since Pelosi assumed leadership of Congress, nearly 5 trillion dollars ahas been added to the national debt.
    That would be bad enough, but this is after Pelosi stated, in her run-up to the election as Speaker, that "defecit spend must stop".
    Ms. Peolsi, Madam Speaker, the voters understand what needs to stop. It includes, but is not limited to, sanctimonious and duplicitous government leaders.

    October 26, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. huey1

    How about having the WH explain the comment Obama made on a spanish station? Is this a threat? PRESIDENT OBAMA: But they are going to be paying attention to this election and if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying we're going to punish our enemies and we're going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's going to be harder and that's I didn't think it's so important that people focus on voting on November 2nd.

    October 26, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. Mike

    Both parties have failed us because they are full of rich, career politicians. This election isn't anti-democrat. It's anti-incumbent. The republicans will win back the majority only bc there are more incumbent democrats than republicans – nit because they have any better ideas. Want to end this cycle? Term limits on both houses. It was never meant to be a full time job. It was meant to be an act of service to this nation.

    October 26, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. randy

    running scared that whats going on but beware barry maybe setting up a coup ..... let the congress and senate go to get himself reelected in 2012. make it look like he is the underdog and his attempts to do good are being foiled by the gop and tea party. this man is an evil miserable piece of filth ..... nothing is to low for this man

    October 26, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Joey

    This country can not survive two terms of Obama and his policies. Change we can vote out in 2012!

    October 26, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. GuyinVA

    Maybe, uh, the, uh, Press Sec-Sec-Secretary is, uh, interested in in in, uh, taking a public, uh, speaking course.

    October 26, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Dryden01

    The Obama Administration is going to drive the economy over a cliff, tow truck and all. Even Hillary Clinton expressed concerns that the national debt and unbridled administration spending was a menace to national security. Obama has run the debt up by three trillion dollars and has proven to be incompetant in promoting job growth. The democrats have been in control of congress since the last two years of the Bush Administration, when things began to roll down hill. They were AWOL in their duties, pushed the economy into the ditch, and then blamed it all on George Bush. We need to take away Obama's rubber stamp congress and get our country back on track.

    October 26, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. mia jones

    the cult propaganda spread by the hypocratic arrogant republicans is a continuation of lying bush politics. your one vote is as good as any greed driven politician. stop this insanity and defeat those money-hungry republicans by voting democratically.

    October 26, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. mesndblues

    To everyone of you unlearned liberals,..If I may, I'd like to take you folks back to 2006,..The day after the democrats won both houses of congress..George Bush held a press confrence...First order of business...Rumsfeld,...FIRED!! Bush stupidly went on to his second order of business...He told the newly elected congress, "The people have spoken, and I aquiesse to their will...Send me your legislation, and I WILL SIGN IT..." They did, he did, and the FREAKING ECOMONY COLLAPSED!! IT WASN'T REPUBLICANS THAT DROVE THIS COUNTRY INTO THE DITCH!!! IT WAS DEMOCRATS AND A IDIOT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT!! NUFF SAID?

    October 26, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. Peter Zheutlin

    It's been clear since Day 1 that the GOP was going to everything to stand in the way of anything Obama proposed. They would rather keep the economy in the ditch where they drove it than see Obama succeed, no matter how much the American people have to suffer as a result. And then they have the gall to say Obama is too partisan.The irrational rantings of joebob and NCMike prove the point. On the economy look at some simple facts. When Bush left office we were losing 800,000 jobs a month (all those rich folks who the GOP claim will create jobs if they get to keep their tax cuts certianly didn;t create jobs when they got those cuts a few years ago). Today, job growth is slow but in positive territory. If you had a retirement account decimated by the market crash at the end of the Bush years, well, the market is up 50% since Obama took office. JoeBob must have slept through the Bush presidency. You think America's status in the world was enhanced by the debacle in Iraq?The one that kept us from winning the war we needed to win - in Afghanistan? Decency, clarity, truth? Is that what we're getting from Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell etc? Give me a break.

    October 26, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Clwyd

    Mitch is a baboon and he is an inarticulate fool. Mitch you think that we haven't noticed all the "NO"Votes that could have benefited Americans and America? You just want to start saying "Yes" again to Big Business, Big Oil and Wall Street! Fool!

    October 26, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. will

    I don't see what the big deal is. The majority of the united states citizens minus 70% democrats and 100% of illegal immigrants hope that Obama is a one term president. Hope pelosi gets knocked off her stool and reid is just going to get knocked out of office. I just realized today that my dog was a democrat he always wants more he whines all the time and when he has done something wrong he won't claim it.

    October 26, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Jon

    Nice set of priorities there, GOP. And you're supposed to be the patriotic party. Disgusting.

    October 26, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. paul

    Gibbs is correct in one respect when he says Senate is elected "...to get stuff done for the people..." Liberals have owned House and Senate for last 4 years. All appropriations. All oversight. Final approval of budgets and defecits. For 4 years. So are they not accountable to the American people? How is that 'change' working for us all? Explain to the American people what stuff they have accomplished. Must be fault of Reagan or Eisenhower. Have to blame anybody but themselves.

    October 26, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. ak4mc

    I seem to recall that the most important thing for Democrats between 1980 and 1984 was to ensure Ronald Reagan would be a one-term president. And any Democrat these days who denies they had the same goal for George W. Bush during his first term is a damn liar.

    October 26, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. lastfrance

    What's apparent is that the left considers objective criticism of Obama to be a personal mean spirited attack based on HATE. That's because they do not understand our objective nature and instead project THEIR OWN thought process which is to hate everyone that they disagree with. These people do not possess the ability to process information objectively and in fact will convice each other that 2 + 2 = 5 if it accomplishes their agenda (and then get hateful toward those of us that insist that 2 + 2 = 4). We conservatives and objective moderates need to stop trying to understand them and get busy booting them out.

    October 26, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  24. fayse1

    Do you really think that any candidate who wins the next Presidential election will have the support of the opposing party? No matter who it is they will face the same hateful comments as President Obama has.
    I also believe that if the Fox News commentators had spent the last two years telling how hard the President had been working, you would believe it. I see the same type of comments. One line slogans, Bible thumping and hate talk.
    Remember "when facists over take this Country, they will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross". Sounds like Sarah Palin and the rest of the TeaParty to me. I think that it is a bit too soon for the Republicans to be counting their chickens.

    October 26, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. petepeterpete

    NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! Wow, a little bit of practice and I do believe I'll be qualified to be a republican politician!

    October 26, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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