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. Tony 140

    Well now let's see – if the Dems had retained control of the House and Senate do you think that there would be this call for "cooperation" with the Republicans. Not hardly.

    November 4, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. gary

    What a sorry excuse for a human being this person is. If you can't have it your way, you'll take your ball and go home. It probably busted his bubble that the gop did not take over the senate so he could be top dog. All of the professional members of congress need to work for the american people instead of their ego's. I hate to be old, 71, but the one good thing is I have had a good life, plenty of money in the bank to last the rest of my life and do not have to depend on the worthless members of congress to bring jobs back to the united states. I truly feel sorry for all of the young people, including my grandchildren, who will watch the united states slide down into a hole which they probably will not be able to climb out of.

    I spent two years in Viet Nam during that conflict, waiting daily for the politicians decide our targets and who we could fire on. The military could have won this war but were not allowed to do so.

    It is time to bring all troops home, quit spending billions to rebuild caves and mountains and get rid of all members of congress who have been in office past two terms.

    November 4, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Carol

    Is it just me or does Mitch McConnell sound like Thurston Howell III when he talks ? He seems so very elite and above the rest of us.

    November 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Already Disgusted

    So if its the Republicans sole duty to get Obama to be a 1 term President, where does that leave the rest of the country? I believe there are more pressing matters. We have 2 wars still being fought, crumbling infrastructure, a bloated defense budget that is larger than the 10 nearest countries, Health Care that is too expensive, poor schools, highest number of people living under the poverty line and McConnell wants to make it the TOP PRIORITY to get President Obama out of office in 2012. Its going to be a wonderfully painful and futile two years.

    November 4, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. King

    Obama spent 700 billions in stimulous money and the repug cricified him and the dems for the past two years. The fed pushed 600 billion on big corporation devaluing the dollar now the repugs are cheering. They also cheered with the tarp program that bush spent and when it went south they blame it on the dems. I wonder who they will blame this time when the fed bailout goes south, you've got it boys and girls obama of course. I thought they came into power preaching fiscal conservatism. Yeah but that depends on who getting the bailout boys and girls. If big corporations getting it, there is nothing wrong with that because it might tickle down to mainstreet, I mean china, I mean India dam it any one that demand the most from us. So what if the bail out goes to main street mr republican sir? He'll no are you crazy giving middle class and poor bail out money like that stupid Obama and dems did is beneath us now run along little kids let the big boys take care of busines.

    November 4, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Mesa Mick

    The republicorps are gonna puff all up, get even mor obnoxious and try and bully their way thru legislation. It will be a huge overplay and those pee-pants who voted these right w8ing fear mongers and modern day plantation owners into office will regret their actions.

    They will get their country back all right – Back to the Great Depression era days of the 1930s and the robber baron era of the 1890s.

    You asked for it idiot America, you got it. ee ya in the bread lines and soup kitchens....

    November 4, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Chris

    This guy is the reason nothing is being done in Washington, we have a great President who has had to make very difficult decisions because the mess this Senator and many others left him. I hope the rest of America reallizes it is not the President not willing to compromise, it is these idiots that are standing in the way of anything getting done for the American people.

    November 4, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. keeth in california

    Good luck, McConnell. Party before country will assure you a shortened career in Congress.

    November 4, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Jonathan

    Wait, so now the Republicans are afraid of the veto? I guess they forgot that Bush 43 used the veto more than any President in history...

    November 4, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. glib lib

    This man has no interest in helping this country; only furthering his political career.

    November 4, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Atlnative

    This is the way to listen to the American people – refuse to compromise, and be unbelievably nasty. Sure, that's the ticket. Happy, voters?

    November 4, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. db

    Simmer down, Mitch. Right now your party has the conditional support of a majority of Americans. Do all that you can to implement an agenda of fiscal conservatism, but lay off the partisan rhetoric.

    November 4, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Kareen

    McConnell shows that he is not even interested in any kind of compromise. Instead of doing everything in his power to do what is good for his country he and his cohorts are only out to get rid of the President.
    He is as DUMB as he looks.

    November 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Jane (Minnesota)

    And how is this attitude different than 2 years ago! I have a message for you, Sen Mitch! The voters really want both parties to work together to get people back to work and not to buddy up with the lobbists who pumped so much money into the campaigns this year!! they don't want to make sure Obama is a one term President! You Republicans were not fiscally responsible during the Bush Admin – your as quilty as the other side for the deficit if not more responsible. Another continuing Hypocrite. The New slogan should be the Party of Continuing to say NO!!!!

    November 4, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. GOP Hate America

    Shrink government to a militant dictatorial leadership that only the GOP want to control

    November 4, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. UrAverageJoe

    Two more years of stall and prevent anything from being done that might help the country – because if the country gets better Obama is re-elected. If only he loved the country as much as his party! Sorry middle class – for the next two years he's more interested in getting his party back in power than in helping you.

    November 4, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Well that's all true Mr. McConnell, but you and your neocon friends had better make some changes too if you think your power is going to increase. It is time to end your so called war on terror and bring our troops home. It is time to bring the issue of the Federal Reserve to the forefront as I doubt many Americans would approve of private international bankers running our monetary system and controlling our economy. If the American people were educated on this subject there would be revolt. These private international bankers are more powerful than our president and ultimately every president since Kennedy has quietly advanced the banker agenda. Kennedy was shot because he had begun the process of ending the Federal Reserve. Lincoln was killed because he opposed formation of a central bank. Agents from the bank of England attemted to kill Andrew Jackson for opposing formation of a central bank. These are the real issues, and I don't see the GOP establishment doing anything anytime soon to really fix it!

    November 4, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. emmett brown

    Mr.McConnell your first point of should be helping the American people not plotting your next move for two years down the line.. Just like the election we the people will have the choice, not you..The American people are sick and tried of all the plotting and nothing being done... Things could have been a little better if you all would have just worked with the administration not for you but for the people who put you in office. I refuse to believe all the Dem ideas were bad and all the Rep's ideas on the money.. It is a danm shame when law makers look like 2nd graders who can't get along....The Dem did not loose because American like the Rep's policy any better, Dem lost because they did not statnd up for what they believe in.. A while you all are talking about taking out the Healthcare bill, tell the people without insurance what you are going to do for them....Don't forget to pick up your check from the health Care Lobyist.....we see though you like glass...

    November 4, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. wallstreeter

    I'd like to rollback the Iraq War, the trillion dollar tax cut right before a economic crisis, the inaction during Katrina, and the shameful image of America as a nation that condones torture

    Wouldn't that be swell....except we can't and Republicans shouldn't be trying to undo what the other 50% of this country wanted, health care for all. Get over it and move onto to something that will actually help the nation. Btw, Bush signed the TARP and economic stimulus before Obama was in office. You would think people in the Senate voting for the bill would know which President had to sign it.

    November 4, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Stacie

    Dear Mitch,
    Call us naive, but we'd actually like government officials to work on running, and improving, this country. We do not want your one and only goal in life to be ruining the president we elected. How about a little humility, hard work and cooperation for a change?

    The American People (you know, the folks you say you're representing)

    November 4, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. mamixztwo

    Mr. McConnell. I think you are seriously misreading the real majority. We want an effective gov't whose leaders work together for the betterment of our nation. The real majority wanted a strong public option and strong consumer protections and real choice. What will your response be when gutting the healthcare bill doesn't change the way health companies treat their consumers? What will your response be when our premiums continue to rise even after you "gut" the health bill? What will your response be when the so-called "free market" doesn't motivate those insurance companies to treat us ethically and with fair rules for the consumer? Where are you when it does come to consumer rights? I have a feeling that you will regret holding Obama to such a high standard as to turn this country around in less than one year. The real majority hasn't been heard yet, Mr. McConnell. You're in for a shock. The Tea Party is not the majority..they are just the most vocal right now. Good luck, sir. =)

    November 4, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    McConnell is right–Obama is so arrogant that he's not about to back down on his plan to establish the Soviet Socialist Republic of America.

    November 4, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Vince

    Why don't you start listening to the electorate yourself turkey neck. Your party didn't win the senate, which to me says the electorate wants both parties to work together. So instead of being obstructionists, like you have for the past 2 years, including voting against your own bills, why don't you stop the little temper tantrum and actually do something!

    November 4, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. beevee

    For now it seems that the blame game the GOP palyed worked out very well in their favor. I am almost certain that they will blame the president starting today for all the things that go wrong in changing fiscal disaster of this country. It may not work unless the voters fall into a spell of amnesia and do not remember the empty promises of the GOP.

    November 4, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Peter E

    This from the same republican leadership that during the Bush years had no problem hugely expanding government, increasing Medicare, overwhelmingly favoring TARP and bailouts, and record deficits year after year. Yes, I'm sure by some miracle they'll act completely different this time around and they'll now cut spending and reduce government.

    November 4, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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