November 4th, 2010
10:53 AM ET
11 years ago

McConnell doubling down on Obama attack

Washington (CNN) - Republicans wrested control of the House from President Barack Obama this week, and their next goal is to take the White House away from him, their leader in the Senate said Thursday.

If the Republicans want to repeal health care reform, end bailouts, cut spending and reduce the size of government, "the only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won't veto any of these things," Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said in a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

"Health care legislation is the worst bill that was passed in my time in the Senate. Financial services is somewhere close to it," said McConnell, who was elected in 1984.

"We can hope the president will start listening to the electorate after Tuesday's election. But we can't plan on it," he said.

"I don't want the president to fail. I want him to change," McConnell said.

The Republicans failed to capture control the Senate this week, leaving McConnell the minority leader, but they're riding high on a gain of at least six seats there and ten times that many in the House.

"For the past two years, Democrat lawmakers chose to ignore the American people, so on Tuesday the American people chose new lawmakers," McConnell said.

"The White House has a choice: they can change course, or they can double down on a vision of government that the American people have roundly rejected," he said.

But he insisted that the elections were not about the Republicans.

"They were about the Democrats. They got a report card. They got an F," he said.

"Americans voted for change in the last two elections because of two long and difficult wars and because they hoped a changing of the guard would stabilize the economy and get America moving again," he said.

But, he said, "Democrat leaders used the crisis of the moment to advance an agenda Americans didn't ask for and couldn't afford."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitch McConnell • President Obama
soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Mitch, I am a conservative, stop taking and start doing ... rhetoric is not why your party was put in control of the house. Get 'Er done! If you don't I will kick your b u t t out as well.

    November 4, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. DJH

    .....and the attacks continue. So much for expecting any decency for the next two years.

    November 4, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. MAhole

    Keep blowing smoke Mitch – it ain't gonna happen. Things are already getting better – no thanks to you and your ilk.
    President Obama will win again – with a huge landslide in 2012 since he will be running against Failin' Palin – the best gift that the republicans could ever give him.......

    November 4, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. PalmReader

    Repeal the damn Heath Care then and be done with it. I am sick to death of the constant dribble coming from this man. He is absolutely useless. Hasn't had an original idea in decades, if ever.

    November 4, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. JOhn

    Where where these lunatics during teh Bush adminstration? Born yesterday anyone?

    November 4, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Brennan

    This is the problem with our system. We don't care about getting things done, we just care about getting re-elected. We need to put term limits in place, then maybe these people will want to do what is best for their country instead of their career. The healthcare bill was a critical step for our country, but it was made worse because politicians didn't want to work together.

    November 4, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Dennis

    Mitch, it was YOUR PARTY who initiated the bail outs. It was YOUR PARTY who increased the size of government. It was YOUR PARTY who balloned the deficit with tax cuts and wars. And now YOU want to do something about AFTER you had 8 years and DID NOTHING. You are NOT beholden to the voters, you are beholden to the CORPORATE RAPIST"S who bought you off. SO, if YOU want to cut the spending, then let's START with CORPORATE WELFARE, the MILITARY, reduce YOUR salary by 20%, like so many other American's have had to do.

    November 4, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Peter Zheutlin

    Shameful. Rather than put millions of people back on the job, McConnell's top priority is to ensure Obama loses his. If the GOP had the answers, why were we losing 800,000 jobs a month at the end of the Bush era and seeing the economy create jobs, albeit slowly today? You can see the chart at the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site. How can anyone expect bi-partisanship when the Senate minority leader declares the defeat of the president his "top priority?"

    November 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Please

    You forgot tax cuts for the rich!!! can't wait for that, then all our problems will be solved.

    November 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Glenn

    Mitch, we didn't "roundly reject" it. There is still one side of congress that is Democratic, and we voted on that. Respect our choice. Perhaps the message was we would like you to find a middle ground between the parties. Also, I don't appreciate my House of Representatives becoming a campaign machine for 2012. Let's focus on 2010-2012 problems instead. Your goals are skewed.

    November 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. jef

    Big mack just told a whopper! He is an evil idiot who is also a big fat liar. The republicans are block america from moving forward on jobs and energy -not the president.

    November 4, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Dave

    ...and the turle just spews the sam ole rhetoric that he has been. Sounds like cooperation to me.

    November 4, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The only thing the American people have rejected, Mitch, is their intelligence. They chose fear, and misinformation over FACTS. And the facts are that your team hasdone nothing but campaign for a return to power. The GObP DID NOT EARN the 'reward' that was handed to them in terms of seats on Tuesday, make no mistake about that. However, I am an optimist, and out of this cloud of darkness that has descended upon us via your gains in the house, I expect to see positive results for the country. After all, you won't have Obama to hide behind any longer, your guys are actually going to have to do some work.
    Let's see how well you fare with this unearned second chance you just got.

    November 4, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. samson

    Does McConnell and his GOP care about creating jobs or politics as usual? whats with that face, the GOP will loose massively in 2012 if they continue with the hell no agenda, the American voter wants to see progress

    November 4, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    Some one please make these republicans stop what they are trying to do to our president and the country. It is really scary what they might do.

    November 4, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Bill Edmunds

    The Democrats ignored the people? Uh.... what exactly did the Republicans do during the Bush years? Where was there even a suggestion of responsible spending during that time?

    November 4, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. a little sad

    The Repubs primary goal is to solidify their power. Not a thing for the American people.

    Party first!

    November 4, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Duncan

    The repeal of the health care bill is important to over 60's who do not want funding reduced for their care.. it is not one of the top 3 issues for everyone else. Spend 2 years focusing on repealing health care and watch your chances of success in 2012 disappear.

    November 4, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. sparknut

    Which only proves that the goal of the GOP is to get power. They are not interested in working together with anyone for the good of the country. For them it's only the good of the GOP that matters. Sad.

    November 4, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    Boehner has a fit because Obama referred to the GOP as enemies when speaking to Latinos last weekend, yet Mitch McConnell's #1 cause is to destroy the President of the United States. And this gets a free pass? What about the rest of us poor slobs that get taken down with him, just so McConnell and his party can win elections? This is obscene. HE needs to be defeated the next time he's up for re-election. His behavior is unAmerican and goes against McConnell's oath of office. Why is this not treason?

    November 4, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. The Other Dale

    So the point is not to do anything to help Americans, but just to get the mean, ol' nasty Democrat out of office, even if he has good ideas. Okay, got it. At least you're telling us what we always suspected, McConnell – that Republicans don't care about America, just about winning.

    November 4, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Sniffit

    BEAKER HAS SPOKEN!!! Have fun with that're just angry that not only did you not get to play Senate Leader, but Reid still does...BWAHAHAHAHAHA...give Angle a kiss for me (god knows I wouldn't go near her with a ten foot pole).

    Reality? He's preparing, along with his House brethren, for attempting another Shutdown Showdown....aaaare you ready to ruuuuuuumbbbblllllleeeeee!!!!!?????...and they are ramping up the rhetoric in advance of it in attempt to get the jump on the blame game when it happens. They lost last time with Clinton and they'll lose again. The vast majority of people want them to work with the administration to compromise and get things moving, not use their newfound House majority to spend another two years campaigning through continuing their single-minded focus on attemping to destroy Obama.

    November 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. C. Rose

    Great way to start off the lame duck session – slash and burn politics of a GOP that has convinced itself that it has received a mandate from the American voter. Bad news their Sunshine, that "mandate" you're counting on will evaporate faster than you can whistle Dixie once your search and destroy tactics prove that you have no interest in bettering the lives of your voters, but only in advancing your personal interests and the interests of the corporate schmucks that have their hands jammed in the old puppet hole. Keep slamming that Kool-Aid, Mitch.

    November 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. todd

    I am so tired of all these old men who can think of nothing but obstructing until they can clear the path to do whatever they want.

    Warning: The last group was thrown out because they didn't accomplish anything. Obstructing the work of the Nation because you don't like the President is not accomplishing anything, either.

    Get to work, accomplish something for the Nation (rather than just working your own agenda) or you will be thrown out too.

    November 4, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill;
    This does not bode for a food beginning for you Mitch. You've already got your priorities screwed up. Actually, as any country first right and left winger will be happy to remind you: IT'S JOBS MITCH. The country is looking for JOBS!!
    So put the 2012 pipe dreams on the back burner, and DELIVER on the those jobs Mitch. Or at the very least, FINALLY put your stamp of approval on legislation that may facilitate their (jobs) return to the United States.
    I'm going to enjoy this ride!!!

    November 4, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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