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. NameJayshe

    Dems are a mean people and party. IntolerNt and rascist

    October 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Lisa P

    GOP strategy for the last two years in a nutshell.

    October 26, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Miguel Saavadera

    The Republican party may have drove the car in the ditch, however Chairman Obama, with the help of Reid, and Pelosi and the Democratic Congress have stripped that car much as the car jackers' do in NY ... leaving a non-functional, non-operational skeleton down there in that ditch ...

    Vote Tuesday: Your choice is between this government and your country ... RE-Elect no one.

    October 26, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. bob

    Gibbs is a freakin idiot

    October 26, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. J.V.

    From Senator Mitch McConnell's mouth to God's ear . . .

    October 26, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Benny

    "Shock poll – Obama receives new low of 37 %" – The only thing shocking here is that there ARE actually still 37 % who are following this Trojan horse snakeoil salesman !!!!

    October 26, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. What is the country coming to

    Dean words......you need to run for President . This is nothing.......your party are liars and thugs, the only different between a street thug and your party is that your party wears ties. So take your car and park it by Mitch...........

    October 26, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Kathy

    Yes, just keep telling yourselves that Republicans got us into this mess because you've been told to believe that and repeat it over and over. Pay no attention to the multiple posts, news stories etc. that say otherwise. Oh, I forgot that you've been told that alternate news sources are evil so of course you never gave them a listen look or read. You have been used, you have been had.

    October 26, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. whitneymuse

    Good, McConnell should not participate in the QE plans of this White house. I like McConnel's steady grip on the wheel of the opposition. He may look like a turtle but is a great leader of the opposition. If McCain had not blown by trying to maintain his popularity, we wouldn't have this travesty and empty suit as POTUS, now.

    October 26, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Terry

    "fixing our ailing economy"? who is it that has spent trillions of dollars, and given millions away in aid? Obama and the Dems, that's who.
    And as for that smart mouth Gibbs, time for him to go back to the used car yard.
    Oo-errr, just realized that this is CNN, no wonder there are so many ratbags posting.

    October 26, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Insane in the membrane

    To Dean,
    Why didn't Bush fix it? He had 8 years. If he was working for the people, and he had their best intersts at heart, and Clinton did all these terrible things, why didn't Bush fix it?
    Democrats can't blame Bush for the last 8 years but we a can blame Clinton for the 8 before that? Why not go all the way back to Regan and blame him for Reganomics?
    The truth is, Bush took a surplus and drove it into a deficit. He presided over the largest expansion of Gov't since FDR. He's blown BILLIONS in Iraq, lining the pockets of Haliburton while Bin Laden has been hiding in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He didn't address immigration. He didn't address financial reform. He gave tax breaks to the wealthiest americans when trickle down economics has been proven not to work. He was not a man of the people, or a man for the people. He's further enriched the wealthy while leaving the poor and middle class to fend for themselves.

    October 26, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Vickie

    Obama has had a majority since the day he took office. He did not need one Republican vote for any bill up for vote. Next Tuesday and in November 2012, Obama will eat his words: "Elections have consequences."

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

    Well, this democrat has something in common with Sen. McConnell. Obama has failed us all.

    October 26, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Douglas

    Making Barack Obama a one term president will go a long way toward's not only fixing the economy, but returning to a semblance of respect for the Constitution. McConnell is right in that regard. Gibbs can be as angry as he wants.

    October 26, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Dave

    > The White House believes that fixing the ailing economy is the single most important thing
    The White House certainly fixed it.. Hopefully they didn't fix it for good.

    October 26, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Johnny Freedom

    The Dems have run this country like a banana republic for 2 years and now that the reckoning is upon them they are shrieking like they're off their meds.

    Cannot wait to vote Republican / Tea Party.

    October 26, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. peter s

    Is that a surprise to anyone!!? That was/is Republicans and some media intentions since 2008!! wake up America and smell the coffee! say no more to any special interests in any form whether monetary or cultural!

    October 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. NameJayshe

    Dems want foodstamps not jobs
    Handouts are easier way to buy a vote than having to think about creating a job
    For all the moaning about the GOP u forget that Dems controlled congress and pres and still couldn't get consensus in their own party

    Dems can't govern because they have no underlying principals other than being the foodstamps party

    October 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Clarkson

    Newsflash Katie, getting Obama and his socialist thugs out of office is the best thing they can do for America and the economy. The Lord has nothing but contempt for your ilk.

    October 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. WilliamPenn

    Obama's communist government will be DESTROYED on election day. Next, Obamacare REPEALED. Next, the communist Obama IMPEACHED.

    October 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. WTF

    The majority of Americans support the president. Only the pickled-brained morons of the GOP and those deluded by the tabloid channel Faux News is trying to get him out of the White House. These pickled-brained morons are the hatemongers, the unpatriotic, unAmerican twits who hate America, Americans and should be cast out of Washington.

    WE THE PEOPLE aren't as stupid as the GOP thinks.

    October 26, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Uncle Mike

    Emmit Brown writes.. "What are you going to do when Mexican American, Asian American runs for Office..."
    Emmit, it depends on if they are left wing loons or not. Will they spend like they are trying to bankrupt the country?
    If I agree with them on policy (ie. Lessening the number of laws I have to work around to do business on a daily basis) then they will get my vote.

    October 26, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. lukuj

    This White House bristles at everything except adulation and complete capitulation to its socialist agenda. I hope that McConnell is correct. I don't think our country can stand 8 years of Obama without becoming completely financially and morally bankrupt, the standard of living going way down, and the country losing any prestige it still has in the world.

    October 26, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. iwantmyhandout

    Actually getting Obama out of office is step one to fixing this disaster. You dont rack up trillions of dollars of spending when your economy is in the toilet. We just keep going down further and further....why because obammy doesn't really care about fixing the mess he just wants to control it. Which his massive government program plans do. You lefties all want to rant about how rotten big business is, well we need to start by downscalling the most inefficient big business in the world...the US Govt.! Power and money corrupts, no matter who has it.

    October 26, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Granny JOnes

    Well of course it's the goal of republicans to have Obama be a one term president. Just like it's the goal of Obama to destroy republicans and conservatives. That's politics, for goodness sakes.

    October 26, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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