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. Former Republican, now an Independent

    McConnell and his band of slackers try anything to make this president fail, but nothing to help the American people. As usual, they always put their political agenda above people.

    October 26, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Um...I have a few questions.

    "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'."

    If that was the most important thing, then why did the Democrats do Health Care Reform since it is going to cost us an extra $150 Billion a year? Why did Democrats send TARP money to overseas banks to keep them afloat at our expense? Why are Democrats talking about doing away with the deduction for home mortgages? Why have the Democrats not repealed the job killing treaties called NAFTA and GATT? Why are we still in Iraq? Why are we expanding the war in Afghanistan while their president takes graft from Iran? Why are the Democrats keeping Guantanamo open? Why did the Democrats pay for the AIG corporate officers big party? Why have Democrats allowed the dollar to be devalued by 14% in the last two months? Why haven't the Democrats reinstated the Glass-Steagall Act? Why are the Democrats still bailing out Fannie and Freddie MAC?

    October 26, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Big Jon

    Hey Emmett Brown!!! Ever hear of Marco Rubio? You LIBS are the racists not us. Rubio will win in Fla then as president in 2012! Obama is an American hating racist and a socialist thats why we do not like him.

    October 26, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. markit8dude

    Speaking as an Independent (have been the 17 years I've been fortunate to vote), how did our country, the most powerful and giving country in the world; elect an unvetted, inexperienced, partisan, shallow, lying (if this guy refers to 'special intersts' as being a GOP thing only.. hahaha) thin skinned, economic know-nothing in Obama? It TRULY baffles the mind!

    The CiC is the most divisive President in my lifetime. Say what you will about Carter, this President is incredibly dumber. Like dangerously dumb.

    October 26, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. amb

    1. Check out states/cities where they are the worst off and you will find they are usually run by tax and spend liberals. They tend to have the highest unemployment, etc.
    2. Some of the comments so far show that so many are not tuned into the facts. You tend to base your opinions on assumptions and seem happy in your ignorance of the facts. Try getting your news from somewhere other than the main stream media. They don't tell you the whole truth. They lie by omission.

    October 26, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. greenfish

    From the poor grammar to the horrendous spelling, it's obvious that the conservative wingnuts are not well educated. Hate and fear are easy, but don't be fooled. The right wing, big business guys have sold your ass down the river and will continue to do so. Be careful what you wish for, because you ain't going to like it when you get it.

    October 26, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Hugo

    He is correct, Republicans allowed us to drive into a ditch, they allowed this to happen by letting our Nation be overtaken with this liberal mindset of entitlement philosophies, of everyone being socially equal and of allowing over the last 30 years or so the liberals to expand every facet of our government to create this government is God utopia. Look around, who has the jobs, who has a pension, who has the best healthcare, and most of all, who is paying for it? If America is lucky, Obama will be a one term President, America cannot afford the tab for another term!

    October 26, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. xJonx

    When Obama talks about redistributing the top 2% of wealth, he's talking about GLOBALLY. Since ALL Americans are in the top 2% of the worlds wealth (even the poorest among us), then OF COURSE anyone with at least two working brain cells wants Obama to be a one term President. It's the HEALTHIEST thing to desire for our nation.

    October 26, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Judy

    No surprise here. Republican myopia at its finest. Maybe they should take their own 'Nam-era advice: "America, love it or leave it."

    October 26, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. JEM

    Doesn't any Obama supporter have a clue?
    In the past, deals could be made because most bills were center/right or center/left in ideology.
    Now you have Obama that wants to have government control everything when Republicans and most moderates want government out of our lives.
    How can you reconcile this? There is no happy medium. They are diametrically opposed. If Republicans were to give any ground would mean going against there life long beliefs.
    Nothing Obama has proposed so far is anything CLOSE to middle ground.
    Think about it this way. On abortion, people are steadfast, there is no middle ground based on you firm beliefs. How do you compromise on this?

    October 26, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Rickster

    Currently, two-thirds of Americans (67%) have a negative opinion of the job President Obama is doing while just over one-third (37%) have a positive opinion. This continues the president's downward trend and he is now at the lowest job approval rating of his presidency.

    October 26, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Ruthie

    Thanks, Dean, for that thoughtful and accurate resertation of where the blame lies. The Democrats/Treasury now are rearranging the AIG bailout figures. The Inspector General of the TARP bailout says we're gonna loose 45 billion on that deal, not the 5 billion that Geitner/Treasury is touting. Now, the Democrats are looking to eleminate our interest deduction on mortgages, our deduction for children, and they're gonna lie about that too. This is their answer to pay-down-the-debt! If democrats control the house & senate after this election, look for that t/b passed and signed PDQ, by the Messiah.

    October 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Rob

    Emmett Brown said: "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...."

    So I guess Anh Cao (R-LA) (Asian American), Marc Rubio (Hispanic American), Bobby Jindel (R-LA) (Indian American), Allan West (R-FL) (African American), Ryan Frazier (R-CO) (African American) and Princella Smith (R-AR) (African American) don't count? The fact is the Republican Party has its work cut out for them to earn the votes of minorites. But they are making progress as more and more minorities realize that it has been the Democrat policies that have left them in the current state they are. NY City, LA, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Philly, New Orleans and all other major cities have something in common. They are all under Democrat control (and have been for some time) and their minority populations have made little progress during their control.

    October 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Walter Rego

    Racists like Emmett Brown seem to think that any criticism of a politician of color is racist in nature. What a stupid logic. So we should give a pass to anyone who is non-white to do a horrible job ? Republicans may be bumbling idiots but the Democrats are liars and thieves and the best thing for the country is to crush the Obama Administration and his toadys, Quislings and sycophants in the House and Senate.

    October 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Right Wing Rod

    Rep; State have all they need? Bwahahahaha You are joking right. Let's See...Michigan with it's 20% unemployment is in who's hands? Oh thats Right. Jenny Grandstand that pillar of the Left IMPORTED from Canakistan.

    Then there is Calipornia...Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrnold the Left winger. Yeah Yeah I know he ran as a Republican. Administered as a Leftie.

    Tell me again, who's paying whos bills. How much did Arnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnold ask for from the Feds?
    How much did Obummer send to Government Motors and Chystler?

    Please... Demorat states are by a huge margin running the larger debt load AND higher taxes on their citizens.

    October 26, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. H2K

    Republicans are filling their pockets from big corporations? Bill Gates, richest man in US – democrat. Warren Buffett – 2nd richest man in US – democrat. George Soros – Billionaire – Democrat. Goldman-Sachs, large Wall Street Corporation – employees donated overwhelmingly to Democrats. BP – gave overwhelmingly to Democrats. I could go on and on. Remind me again about those fat-cat republicans and the evil FoxNews? Pathetic, Liberals.

    October 26, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. ryche

    Funny.. I know for a fact that it was the democrats goal in 2000 and 2004 to make sure Bush was a one term president.. It didnt' work, but i can guarantee you that that was their number 1 goal also... So you dems stop acting all suprised by Mitch's honesty... If you're a rep than your goal is for the dem to serve 1 term.. and if you're a dem, your goal is for the rep to serve 1 term... just be honest and stop acting high and mighty... cuz you are not.. i know.. i remember all the bush bashing by the media and lefties for 8 years.. so get off your high horse you hypocrites..

    October 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. emmett brown

    This guy must be stopped..
    Healthcare... this guy wants everyone to have a chance at health insurance
    Wall Street reform.... Wants Wall St. to stop stealing.. Wall St. bonuses for the end of year..144 Billion..
    Mortgage reform...wants to help people save there homes... this guy is the devil...
    credit card reform... stop card company from jumping rates sky high...
    Education.. want to put more money into education...
    Money for infustructue..forget the cracked roads......
    cash for crunckers.. bad idea, the auto industry is making money now, save jobs what...Outragous....
    wants to give tax breaks to Companies that hire US worker, tax companies who hire overseas.
    Did you know parents can now keep there kids on insurance while they are attending College..
    It seems most of the ideas where to help people, crazy world we live in........

    It seems since Insurance Companies, Wall St. guys and other agency have been robbing us for so long, it seems natural to us now...

    October 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Big Jon

    CNN is fair and balanced, just look at the Dem party donation link at the top! Help Dems keep moving America over the cliff. Moderate this you HYPOCRITES!!

    October 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Jugular Instinct

    We need to see McConnell NATIONALIZED as the face of Republican Obstructionism. He is their legislative leader. When Americans identify the PRIMARY cause for no Bi-partisan action in Mr. Obama`s early days, play the tape of McConell in early 2009 telling the Republican causcus to say no to ANYTHING that the President proposed.

    Make those West Virginia, western PA, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio voters realize how selfish the ENTIRE GOP has been during this time of crisis for the country.

    Do that an not only will Barack Obama be re-elected, but a tidal wave will sweep obstructionistsvout of Congress in 2012.

    October 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. NameBill in San Jose

    Like VP Biden said this week the most important thing is a 3-letter word.



    October 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. papatom48

    Jesus, you people are completely delusional if you believe the Republicans are the bad guys. They are all the bad guys, the republicans just have less bad guys than the demoncrats. Most of the people commenting here have no idea what is going on in america. how pathetic.

    October 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. GC

    The deficit is now 4 trillion dollars.....4x what it was 18 months ago. That's Bush's fault....I don't think so. Obama Care, Failed Stimulus, Cap and Trafe (tax). 1 in 6 now living in poverty (up 12% in 18 months) 49 million people on food stamps ( up since Barry took over) Unemployment at 10% ( closer to 18% actually) ...geez, the list is enfless. That's why were in this mess.
    Time to get rid of this Socialist Progressive loser and all his cronies. All Barack wants is entitlements to his people on the back and wallet of the fair honest working man and woman. He is single handidly taking America down...and he don't care ! Go play some more golf Barack...better yet, do some more campaigning instead of being in DC doing your job ! You are PATHETIC !

    October 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Marcus

    Yo Dean, here's my question:
    If the laws were THAT bad and GWBush was SO GOOD, then why didn't moved a finger to correct them or have them replaced by better ones? Because he supported them, after all they illustrated what he truly believed that was the right thing to do with economy, deregulation + deregulation + 'anything goes'.
    During 8 years he had the chance to do something about them, but he only was FORCED to do something when the bubble those laws (and others that were approved on his watch) created burst.
    So, yes, we can remind you GOPers for your lack of oversight over bad laws made by Dems and GOPers, specially if we consider that the bubble itself wasn't the major contribution for the current status of the economy.

    October 26, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. rdepontb

    So, Dan Lothian too is looking for a highly-paid job over at Fox. Evidence: HIs crack about Robert Gibbs' "usual sarcastic tone" at the start of the story. How to set off the howling wolves of ignorance, eh, Dan?

    Here we have an articulate, thoughtful President that made almost the entire world proud of America again. "Almost," except for the Republican leaders, who vowed to bring him down in the dirt, to get him out of office, before he was even sworn in. Looks like they were taking their frustration over McCain's Veep choice out on the whole country, along with their frustration over any non-WASP getting into a position of interest.

    What a sickening blight these Republicans, and their puppet masters, have wrought onto this nation of ours.

    October 26, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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