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. ConstitutionalPatriot

    My challenge to the GOP IS TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE FED! END THE FED NOW! God bless Ron Paul for opening my eyes and millions of other across this country. This man has fought for us even though most of us are too stupid to deserve his efforts on our behalf. If the GOP screws Dr. Paul in 2012 like they did in 2008, it's Obama all the way for me!

    November 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Wimpy Demos

    This is exactly the reason Democrats and Obama need to push back against the Republicans. For McConnell and the rest of the GOPT, it's all about working against Obama and gaining more control for Big Corporate America. After witnessing the last 2 years of NONONONO in Congress, how much more will it take to realize that we have to fight back- to get down and dirty the way the Republicans do it. And one thing that works in our favor is that they too will most likely implode, You have the KarlRove/McConnell Right wing who are power hungry, and then you have the Teabaggers/Palin/O'Donnell wing, who don't trust them. It's gonna be fun watching them go at it over the next 2 years. But whatever happens internally with the Rightwing, the Democrats need to fight back just as hard.

    November 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Fact check: McConnell himself voted in favor of those bailouts! It's in public record! He's trying to revise his own history, running away from his record! Flip-flopper!

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

    Already covering their bases. Knowing they wont get anything done and not going to let the democrats get anything done.

    November 4, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. BJ

    Looks like a Mob to me. Times have changed and this will not be tolerated. McConnell is speaking for only group of people, folks don't understand that things are changing. I never realized how uninformed the American people could be. If folks voted for Angle, Oconnell, Wilson (to name a few) this means that America will never be a forerunner in intellect. Just look how you promote Sarah Palin all of the time, wow! Historic vote favoring the Republicans, we say around here THE KLAN IS RUNNING THE HOUSE, nothing we haven't experienced before.

    November 4, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Joel

    McConnell is an idiot. He's not helping anyone with this pack of garbage coming from his mouth. He should do what the taxpayers pay him for..his job. He shouldn't be worrying about 2012. I say he should be removed from office if he can't focus on 2010. I would be removed from my job if I only worried about what happened two years from now; why should he get away with it? Out with him and any other people from the party of "NO" who continue their obstructionist ways.

    November 4, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. steven harnack

    Of course these guys know that their mandate from the people is actually about 25% of the population. Now people will see the unintended results of not caring enough to vote or voting as a knee jerk reaction.

    November 4, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. David

    Obama, you can put the GOP in a pickle with health care reform, if they try to repeal say will only sign into law if is replaced with something better than the present legislation as returning to the old status quo is unworkable. Make them play and put their positions on the table so that they will bear the brunt of the health care lobbiests or the people if they try to cater to business too much.

    November 4, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

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

    I never felt ignore. Wow you sure like to talk for EVERYONE but really I have never felt ignore.

    November 4, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. The reality is...

    McConnell is right and has no need to apologize for stating his top priority is to de-throne Obama. If Obama is serious about helping this nation he will get with the program but I'm not holding my breath, he has shown his true colors and they are not red, white, and blue.

    November 4, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Republicans wont get anything accomplished in the next 2 years. Remember that strategy of NO republicans? well the shoes on the other foot now. All I want to see done is VETO VETO VETO anything that you fascists scumbags try and pass. Hell, I don't see how any bill will make it out of the Senate.

    November 4, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Bill

    McConnell has no clue what the "American People" want. He is too busy selling out our jobs to multi-national conglomerates who are trying to make America a third world country; and, to the Wall Street investment bankers and insurance executives who want to take whatever bits of money the "American People" have left through their pyramid scheme like instruments.

    November 4, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    What a sad, pathetic little man you are Mitch!

    November 4, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Rep_Watch

    Don't count your chickens...First, go to a remedial math session to study the following:
    No changes in Soc Sec, Medicare, Defense + Tax Cuts does not add up to a zero-deficit balanced budget. Soc Sec, Medicare, Defense is 67% of the Budget. Heath care is a small part of the 14% that includes other things. Wait till your Tea party comes out with your cuts. The same people who put you there will take the glaze out of your eyes for forcing down your southern KY agenda on rest of teh country. You want tax cuts for the wealthy so that they can take bvacations. You want cuts on middle class to fund it and fool them whereby their kids will end up in worthless watered-down community colleges so that you can ship jobs abroad to take care of talented people abroad. This helps companies make profits and the wall street have the profits. You are forcing cuts on programs here all for the rich class. You have something coming when the fooled middle class wakes up. What about deficit when you give tax cuts?

    November 4, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Kevin

    This is clearly a guy who is putting his own political agenda ahead of the american people. Don't think that because people voted for some republicians they want you to shut down the goverment and not help move things forward in compromise.

    November 4, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Jay T.

    Thanks, Mitch for putting your own political interests ahead of the American people. Now that is patriotic, my friend.

    November 4, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. wmontanye

    And there you go, true to form the Republicans will do all they can to undermind the duly elected president of the United States. Just as they have done for the past two years.

    November 4, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. MichaelK

    A real class act. We are recovering from the worst recession in years and this loser places party so far ahead of country it isn't even debateable that he is unfit for office.
    The dirty shame is, no one will care or notice. Then, should the Republican win in 2012, this very same comment from a Democrat would trigger an impeachment hearing.
    DIsgusting.

    November 4, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Balance

    We will be voting out the Republicans in 2 years. McConnell is a perfect example of way. With people out of work, large budget deficits (creatyed by Republicans and Democrats), his focus is a personal attack against President Obama. For all the talk about repealing the health bill, I hope people realize it will have no immediate impact on the two things that Republicans say the American people want based on the election outcome, jobs and the economy. Politicians from both parties have failed to recognize their success will be determined by actions that benefit all Americans and not just the base of their political support. That was the lesson in 1994, 2006 and 2010! I belive the lesson will be repeated in 2012 since the Republicans are not showing any change in behavior.

    November 4, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. keith A. sillsbury

    Don't be stupid mcConnell. You an boner better start playing well with others, you see you didn't get in to stand around with your thumbs up your butts like you have for the last two years. You got in because the majority of the people are stupid and you know it. yuo played on it an now your in but remember what lincon said and heed his warning. If you don't help fix the mess your party created, out you go for good.

    November 4, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Rian Rutherford

    I would love it if the politicians in this country would spend as much energy solving our problems as they do infighting with eachother and vying to take control...

    The two party system is on the downward spiral.

    November 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Robert

    But the fact is, if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill; to end the bailouts; cut spending; and shrink the size and scope 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,"

    Weird! Was it not Rep who started QE1 to bail out Wall Street and the banks due to lax Rep regulatory environment? Weird! Was is not the Rep beginning with Reagan who masively extended the government and subsidies for such things as paying political supportors in the peanut or cotton industry to grow produce at below mkt value and get paid above it? Weird! Was it not the Rep who squandered the Treasury by going off to start foreign wars? You be the judge

    November 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. harvey 60

    John McCain, co-author of the McCain-Feingold bill to limit campaign spending. John McCain, war hero. John McCain, Republican candidate for President. John McCain, silenced by right-wing Republicans and the U. S. Supreme Court. Where are you now, John, with campaign finance reform after your brethren bought the election?

    November 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. JustHuman51

    Not only was it indelicate, it was just plain stupid! For all of you who voted GOP in the mid-terms...I give you about a year before you realize the mistakes you made. Your party leaders are nothing but a lot of RICH egotists that don't give a hoot about the people who just put them in power in the House. They are and always will be bedfellows with big business, not main street! Meg Whitman just blew $140M of her own money (losing). How much do you really think she and others like her have in common with a family of four trying to live on $30K a year? It's clear McConnell doesn't care about you...all he cares about is electing a GOP pres. in 2012. Yep, he'll be workin' REAL HARD for that family of four....NOT!!!!

    November 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Jacob

    in the meantime, Republicans, start working! you've held our country hostage for two years! talk about terrorism!

    November 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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