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. Calvin

    And their focus on Jobs continues to be non-existent

    November 4, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. ivan

    This guy looks like he's puckering up. What for I ask? I get evil empire vibes when I look at most Republicans. I think its too bad they don't seem to embrace some liberal ideas like healthy eating, local food sources, getting rid of large companies like Monsanto that support pesticides and hurt small farmers, because often times I notice the cold icy stare in their gaze, like when the emperor is choking Skywalker with that thunderbolt of electricity out of 'kindness'. Also I think the CNN people should consider hiring a proofreader so as not to repeat whole paragraphs.

    November 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Lori in St Pete

    When beaker and the rethugliban repeal healthcare reform, they will become my daughter's de facto death panel. She was unable to obtain medical insurance on her how due to a pre-existing condition she was born with. With health reform, she was recently reinstated on her dad's insurance, and when she turns 26 in a few years, she can't be denied coverage. Why do beaker and the rethugliban hate my daughter so much? What did she ever do to them that caused them to hate her enough to deny her medical benefits?

    November 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Love

    Get to work Mitch. Where is the Jobs? Day 2.

    November 4, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. RICO

    This guys is dangerous to the country, so they don't want to take care of the problem at hand now, but instead they want to work on shooting down the President. I hope all you fools who voted for these guys will regret your decision in 2 year, cause I bet you nothing they do will help any of us so called "small people" out.

    November 4, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Laurie

    Please try to get nothing done but getting our President out of office loser. The economy is in the tank, the unemployment numbers are high, and you have never given a crap about any of it. And this is what people voted for????? My fellow Americans thanks for supporting these rich, out of touch, creeps. Looks like a real productive 2 years.

    November 4, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. bravado in boston

    Democrats ignored only those who are brainwashed by Fox and Newscorp. The Majority of the country is centrist – everyone who is educated will admit to that. McConnell is a sore looser, right wing, angry old man. he only thing that spoke loudly this election was how media (and corporate dollars) can influence an elections.

    Karma is never far off........

    November 4, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Pretzel Logic

    I thought teh GOP was going to take care of jobs etc. It appears, gee golly gosh, that their intent all along is to continue to sabotage Obama's Presidency even at the expense of the American people. What a shocker!

    November 4, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Message to Harry Reid: STOP BEGGING THE 'THUGS!!!
    For the love of GOD, didn't these past two years in the playground with them teach you anything?
    Toughen the hell up and swing away for Chrissakes!

    November 4, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Gotta love this guy!

    November 4, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Name king j

    And what are the the republicans plan on doing this time around? I voted your way since ronald reagan yet I really don't see the difference with either party except alot of rhetoric, I guess in 2012 the dem probly get some of the house back when the public realize that the republicans can't fix the problem either

    November 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. ficheye

    "For the past two years, Democrat lawmakers chose to ignore the American people..." He forgot to mention the Bush years, the Reagan years, the Nixon years, etc, where the republicans ignored everyone and everything in their mission of deregulation and wealth consolidation, bringing us to where we are now. And, of course, it's all the fault of Obama and the Democrats. Is there something wrong with this guys face?

    November 4, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |

    Mitch McConnell can't seem to remember history very well. For one thing the previous administration Spent almost $8, 000, 000 on bailing out the banking industry and our government has been growing since it began. Also it is not his responsibility or any conservative group how long Barack Obama is our President. That job belongs to the American People! Mitch McConnell is a creep and should keep his comments to himself. He also thinks it also the responsibility of conservatives to make him look like a fool as well over the next two years. Boy, if the Democrats treated G.W. like this would he have lasted eight years? and if Democrats did treat G.W. like this during his term I am very sure Old Mitch would have been wining and crying like hell!

    November 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Dt

    Hey mcconnell stop wit the lies, the mid term is over. i would love to see a debate with any repub against obama. i know u remember ur retreat right

    November 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. hillcrester

    The American people, according to polls, "like" many specific parts of the Health Care Reform bill. The GOPhers want to take those away. As long as the whole enterprise is thought of as "socialism," it polls poorly. Ask people if they want coverage for pre-existing conditions, coverage for dependents to age 26, prevention of "recission," etc. they say "yes" by a wide margin. as more of the benefits come on line, more people will have reason to want to keep the program. McConnell has a short time to convince people that "throwing it all away" is the right course. The Tea Party threat will lead the Republican'ts to overreach. Prepare for a Democratic landslide in 2012.

    November 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. shirley

    I have very little respect for the Republican party who "bought" this election. The election of the Tea Party/Republican crazies is not credible to me. Republican Mitch McConnell should be on the Dem's target list to go down in his next election cycle. I don't respect his comments or his new cohorts in Congress. Hopefully, this kind of attitude will be a deathknell for his next run.

    November 4, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Sniffit

    And, of course, CNN leaves out that Beaker also promised to "repeatedly" propose votes for full repeal of the HCR Bill in order to bog down the Senate. Sounds like the GOP is super concerned about creating jobs, eh?

    November 4, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Elizabeth

    The voters know that the Republicans were the real obstructionists. And McConnell should really focus on the economy
    and jobs instead of bringing President Obama down. That scheme just might backfire on the Republicans in 2012.
    Its only been a day and a half and I'm already reminded of why the Republicans lost by a landslide to President Obama in 2008.

    Focus on fixing the damn economy! Not revenge.

    November 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Rob

    I'm glad the GOP won this way in 2012 they will have no excusses as to why things haven't turn around. You can't just say No now....! Obama in 2012 and forever.......!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Danny Cali's right...........! all Republican do is say "NO" even their control the House but their still the Party of big "NO" and "NO" that's why I said do not vote for Republican't this year, all I say now is Americans never learn from Republican Party and last 8 years ago. Let dump Mr. "McConNO" next time.

    November 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Ben in Texas

    ...and people wonder why the President considers him an enemy? In 2008, the Dems took control of congress and the White House. The Repugnants didn't see that as a mandate for the Democrats, and if fact made it their primary goal to stonewall every piece of legislation and every presidential appointment. Now they have half the Congress, and they see that as a mandate to declare war on the President, the Senate, and the United States.

    My question is, when will the Democrats start giving some of that treatment back? Memo to Reid: GROW A PAIR.

    November 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. kakaraka

    I don't know what spending these morons are talking. Just talk, talk bla bla bla. Republicans are unable to cite any spending spending to cut. Bailout is not a spending. It's an emergency investment to companies to save the whole economy from collapse and avoid great depressions. Health care is aim to provide coverage to 40 millions insurance-less needy americans and hold insurance companies accountable with better care without discrimination against those sick with pre-existing conditons. The budget is already in high deficit with unpaid bush tax cut to riches and big corporations, medicare prescription drugs and 2 wars. Social security, medicare and defense spending are only the current big spending. Earnmarks only represent 1% of budget. So my question to these crazy republicans, what specific spending do you want to cut? Social security, medicare, or defense? You make me sick. Dems need to put the heat up against these nonsense republicans. Obama will be reelected for middle class. He is doing a fantastic job despite all the negativities, smears and spins of the republicans via theit faux anti-news media. Chose Sarah Palin to run baby, there will be no match. KO to reps

    November 4, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Michael

    Mr. McConnell, if you really want to put your money where your mouth is; if you are being truthful and not stringing the American people along; if you truly intend to serve the public good and not a tiny and incredibly wealthy minority – then you will immediately begin pushing as hard as possible to remove the $700000000000 burden on our suffering economy represented by tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans (who have, unlike the rest of us, made more money through the recession than they did before).
    But I wouldn't count on it.

    November 4, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. robb

    Just more of the same rhetoric. Why don't you concentrate on doing what you said you'd do and the 2012 election will take care of itself. I don't care who's in power. Just fix the damned messes we're in which were largely caused by Congress and the government in the first place – the housing crisis, the financial crisis, job loss, debt... need we go on? Don't get too cocky about your prospects. There is no mandate, there is a demand that you quit your bickering and get something done for a change. If you don't we'll be kicking more of you out in 2012, Republican or Democrat.

    November 4, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |

    Also what state is he a senator for? The state of confusion?

    November 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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