August 10th, 2014
02:59 PM ET
7 years ago

Cuccinelli: Harry Reid the lead blocker

Washington (CNN) - Ken Cuccinelli, Senate Conservative Fund president, blames the stalemate in Congress on the Democratic “obstructionist Senate.”

He says the House, at the very least, is voting more than the Senate, and he says the government should get out of the way.

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Democratic Sen. “Harry Reid is blocking this and he is the lead blocker for the President, whose approval rating is so low in the sixth year of his terms that it is going to do harm not on a race-by-race basis, but across the board, because of the utter failure of the policies,” Cuccinelli said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

When asked about President Obama's role this week as the news-conference-talker in chief, he added, “Give me a break.”

Cuccinelli, who has been a strong opponent of Obamacare, criticized the media for what he describes as a “love fest” for Obama, despite breaking a promise for transparency.

He agreed, however, with Democratic strategist Stephanie Cutter that when a president takes a vacation, it's a perfect talking point for political opponents, regardless of political persuasion.

He quipped, “I joke with some of my conservative friends who - uh-oh, look at the President, playing all this golf. I’m like, what, do you want him at his desk?”

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  1. Liz the First

    That's too rich! a republican accusing Dems of being obstructionists! it's the Dems who are trying to get things done to help the country and all they get from the REAL obstructionists is a big, fat NO on everything. the only reason the repubs have a majority in the House is gerrymandering. basically, they cheated to get power. when five million more people vote Democratic than repub in an election and the losing side still controls a body of congress, that 'winning' side has no business claiming they represent the American people. and they have no business calling the people trying to pass a twice-elected president's agenda 'obstructionists.' they have no concept of hypocrisy. maybe if they did, they wouldn't totally embody it.

    August 10, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Smitty

    Harry needs to go away. Take Pelosi ,Hoyer Schuman Durbin, Mcconell and Bohner with ya. Reids state is doing worst than most. How is that leadership?? Women in the skin trade, how is that progressive??? You really cant make this stuff up.

    August 10, 2014 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. kenneypco

    The problem here is that the Republicans insert 'poison pills' into every piece of legislation it touches so that on paper it can say 'look we are voting for this, that or the other'. But in reality they know very well that they are voting for things that do more to harm the middle class than help it.

    So while the House Republicans can find the time to vote some 40 plus odd times to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act they can not seem to vote on immigration reform, wage increases (unless it is for themselves), or spending bills to help feed their fellow American. However let it be the bill to fund Israel or to make war in Iraq then they can vote.

    We the People voted them into office to represent ALL Americans, not just the wealthy ones. The Republicans crack jokes about Obama playing golf but I didn't hear them cracking these jokes with W. Bush was taking more time off than any other President in the history of America was happening. It is hypocritical of them to blame Democrats for not voting away support of the American people while they vote away at every chance the support of middle class America in favor of big corporations. They point to high corporate tax rates while corporations enjoy aN 'effective' TAX RATE 10%. They vote against the hard working Americans while voting for a tax rate of at or near ZERO for people who derive their income from capital gains (in other words NOT FROM WORKING THEMSELVES).

    So why they try to distract us with all these gimmicks they need to know SOME of us are watching them do nothing.

    August 10, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Tony

    What is there to block? The Texans, who finished 2-14 last year, and lost their starting quarterback and leading rusher after last year, have a better offense than the Republican Party.

    August 10, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Tony in Maine

    Republican Newspeak again. Up is down, in is out, yada yada yada.

    August 10, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    Cuchimamma, really? Who cares?
    As far as our President working he's always on the job even when he takes a so called vacation.
    Right now congress is too busy campaigning and in the case of paulie from KY too busy running away from issues and the oriole involved in these issues he cares so much about. What a waste of a hamburger in Iowa fool.

    August 10, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Mitch" McConnell, is going to loose to a girl !

    August 10, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Roger Short

    Ken is absolutely right about Dirty Harry! Reid is terrible, and he's got to go! The GOP must take over the Senate this Nov. and put Harry in the back of the room! Better still, put him in a separate room, where he can't be heard from! The media likes to talk about the do-nothing congress, but facts are facts, and the fact is that the House has voted on, and passed FAR MORE bills than the Reid-led Senate has! So the do-nothing label certainly belongs, far more, to the dumbocrat controlled Senate under Dirty Harry!

    August 10, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. ja

    That's called passing the buck, his party member declared upon Obama fist term that their mission was for Obama to have a failed presidency, as matter of fact despite the Affordable Care Act, being law of the land, many GOP's still campaign the repeal message

    August 10, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    That would be entirely accurate.

    August 10, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. ak_steve

    Hearing a Republican support their anti women, anti middle class, obstructionist views is one thing. But listening to the guy in this video advocate for all the same and yet blame everything on Harry Reid verges on complete ignorance. What of dork.

    August 10, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Bill P

    On his worst day W was a better President than The Kenyan.

    August 10, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Leanne Wheless

    Reid has failed to put to vote over 350 House Bills the majority would put Americans back to work in full time, high paying jobs. Unlike the part time, low wage jobs the failed policies of this administration and Democrats have created. My question is why is Reid such a coward that he isn't man enough to put them to vote? As far as the ACA line the lock step loons keep touting that "it's the law of the land" tell that to your President he is the one that keeps un-Constitutionally changing it, maybe because it's 2000 sheets of unread toilet paper. The Senate keeps putting Amnesty into every bill that would help Veterans, Seniors, Middle Class Americans. They slip it in and then pretend it isn't there then complain the GOP blocked the bill because they know people don't read the bill and the media will never report their duplicity. Time for the Senate to step up and start doing their job.

    August 10, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque

    It's kinda like the talking point about "I'm not a racist but you are for even bringing it up".

    August 10, 2014 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. NameCraig

    You are what you are a conservative hater and Obama lover, until you can think for yourself , it's a waste of effort to try getting anything through your clogged excuse for a brain

    August 10, 2014 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Chris..E.Al

    Hub around Harry Reid has got the car tells in his corner so you know .

    August 10, 2014 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. aaron

    If ole Cucci thinks blocking votes on legislation to give bigger tax breaks to corporations moving jobs out of the country, cutting taxes on the rich and corporations, getting rid of Obamacare, etc. are obstructionism, he is right. Of course, all his Conservative Fund exists for is make sure average Americans have a bigger tax burden that the rich, so propaganda is his main tool for accomplishing that. And, besides, by his line of reasoning, Boehner is the obstructionist in the House since Repubs lead it, and he supposedly leads the Repubs.

    August 10, 2014 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    @rick and others, cuchimamma doesn't believe in women's rights and can't imagine why "god" hasn't destroyed the US because of pro choice rights. He has publicly said that gays are destructive (probably thanks to fools like himself who judge others ad nauseum because they can't come out of the closet themselves?) and soulless. And the kicker adultery laws should be put back in the VA books and enforced.
    That last one should take care of most teaklans having affairs with men or women. Airport bathroom trolling for men, traveling boy toys, and/or paying off his mistress' parents to keep quiet about an affair.

    August 10, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. rs

    Mitch McConnell (R)=541 filibusters, 37 embassies without ambassadors (including Russia!), countless judgeships and agency heads unappointed. Ergo- it is Mr. McConnell who is the problem, not Mr. Reid.

    August 10, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    Is he sleeping? Or drunk? Nonsense.

    August 10, 2014 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. it must be said

    The only way to get this country moving again is to flush as many Democrats, especially Democrat Senators, as possible this November. If Reid and Obama are able to strangle the Senate for another two years, Obama will continue to claim Congress isn't doing anything and he will continue to act unconstitutionally to legislate from his dictator throne.

    Obama knows at this point the gig is up if he losses the Senate which is why all he does is constantly campaign fund raise. NO DEMOCRAT wants him to campaign with them, they just want Obama to spend all his time raking in money so they can spread their lies like they have done the last 3 campaigns. It is all he is good for right now.

    August 10, 2014 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. Larry in Miami`

    It will probably never happen, but CNN or one of the left leaning liberal networks, should just once do the correct journalistic thing and conduct an honest research on how many House passed bills ol' Harry has never opened for a Senate discussion much less allowed a vote on. The network should then seriously investigate Reid's reasons for doing so. Talk about a dictatorship.

    August 10, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Harry needs to go. He has blocked every bill that the house passes and then the president says no one will work with me. people are so stupid. they don't know how the government works. the democrats had the house and senate for the first 2 years Obama was in and did nothing. Harry needs to go his main goal is to destroy our way of life. I think the people in Las Vegas are stupid to keep putting him in office. He does Obamas dirty work. Just ask the people who are paying more for insurance and deductibles have gone up thousands. The working people. Money will run out

    August 10, 2014 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |

    REID is blocking a lot. He's Mr.Obstructionist.

    August 10, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. S. B. Stein

    Cuccinelli needs to understand that many of the GOP are doing the will of their lobbyist funders. Why do these people not see the reason of the other side or willing to compromise? If they don't do that, then why are they even in Congress?

    August 10, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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