August 28th, 2014
12:20 AM ET
8 years ago

McConnell: 'Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns'

(CNN) - In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.

"Of course not. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns," McConnell told CNN in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

"It's a failed policy," he said of shutdowns.


soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. anthony78

    SO hes admitting his Republican Party is responsible for a 24 Billion dollar policy failure...

    Also, he DID NOT get us out of the shut down. It HAPPENED. He didn't help avoid it, he didn't get us out of it, he didn't go head to head w Ted Cruz to prevent it from happening.

    So if he's campaigning on this, then he might as well step down now.

    August 28, 2014 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  2. Thomas

    Remember me , Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky , I'm the guy who made Obama a one term president .

    And now watch me do it again ?

    August 28, 2014 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  3. Randel

    YES Mitch I remember it took a 2 Billion dollar bribe for your Ohio river dam project. You know the one that
    was suppose to cost $750 million that's up to $3.1 billion and 20 years behind due date and wont be finished till 2024.
    HA Mitch something else I remembering your Wife is a big shot in the Sierra Club that took a donation from the natural
    gas company of 26 million to shut down coal mines in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, but you are saving the day with
    new power Dams on the Ohio River to replace the coal mines your wife shuts down. As well as power plants but Mitch
    is saving the day getting Koch brothers oil and gas moving down the Ohio river YES Mitch I also remember that since you have been Kentucky's senator we have lost 42000 thousand mining jobs YES MITCH I REMEMBER AND I WANT THE REST OF THE COAL MINERS AND POWER PLANT WORKERS TO REMEMBER AS WELL ON VOTEING DAY

    August 28, 2014 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  4. Marie MD

    WHAT? Does he think the world was asleep when rafaelito and his teaklans, including him, shut down the government then some of them pretended they cared about our parks and memorials and actually had the gall to confront park rangers doing their jobs?
    WOW!!! Yes, that's all we need this old guy with the rich wife controlling the Senate.

    August 28, 2014 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  5. Sniffin and Guggling OTaint in Tampa

    You mean the Obama 2013 shutdown where Obama refused to negotiate the ObamaCare deadline but then they had to delay it anyways?

    You mean the Obama 2013 shutdown where illegal immigrants were allowed to protest against US Law and Policies in the "closed" National Mall (w/ stage and sound system setup, temp restroom facilities, and clean-up all paid by US Tax Dollars) while US Vets were removed by force from DC War Memorials?


    August 28, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    But Mitch told the Kochs when he becomes majority leader, he would use the shutdown to defund ACA and then help the billionaires by reducing regulations. For a guy who filibusters his own bills, he sure has taken republican lying to a new level.

    August 28, 2014 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  7. rick

    Yes. Its a sad fact that goverment shutdowns are the norm instead of a rarity. It seems that all the politicians are more concerned with getting re elected instead of doing the jobs they were sent there for. And for what?? That is the big question. Is it for the passing of laws? No. Is it for getting out national budget balanced? No. Is it for stopping the wasteful spending on non useful programs? No. Its just to get status.. Do nothing. And get paid huge sums into pockets. And guess waste all day playing video games. Another total waste of time. But probably too lazy to even turn on the playstation themselves. Another waste of money for someone else to do it for them.. Lets get rid of these ?pampered pooches? That walk around like at a dog show after getting their fur fluffed and blow dried. And are as worthless as the dogs are at anything..

    August 28, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  8. Name

    these American people are a joke and would deserve everything that coming to them if they make this hick majority leader. you think that repubs have been sabataging everything to gain back power for the past 6 years, watch the fireworks what carnage they will be bringing to destroy the dem party in 2016. if these people don't see this crap coming, and wants to complain when the repubs talk civilized, then cators to their nutjob rightwingers, they should stop crying.

    August 28, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    -if you believe this guy, you are either a biggest fool or uneducated idiot. Vote this old idiot immediately for nation's good. His only aim was Pres. Obama a one-term president. God bless this president, USA. The most Horrible congress we have. Remove all.

    August 28, 2014 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  10. unrestricted view

    Nevermind the fact I was busy fighting for the right for the rich to corrupt our government even further, yes, I remember what you were doing, why isn't he mentioning that, isn't that something the people want. We understand, the rich get you to do what they want, but took almost three weeks to reopen our government for the people, got it!

    August 28, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  11. S. B. Stein

    He is one of the ones that gets the Congress into the crisis. He doesn't strike me as wanting to get out of shut downs or problems. Wasn't he the one who said that he wanted to keep Obama to one term? That doesn't sound like he is going to be a constructive member of the Senate.

    August 28, 2014 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  12. not so dumbed down

    To the intelligent, informed citizens, this is an insult. He was at the Supreme Court, petitioning to have personal campaign contribution laws repealed, in behalf of a billionaire he happens to know, free speech infringement you know. It is very disheartening to see so many simply ignore behavior that should be alarming, but your desire to hate, and be accepted for it, all under the guise of Christian conservatism, taking food from a program that us used mostly by children, while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest, is sad.

    August 28, 2014 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  13. not so dumbed down

    The fact that they have successfully convinced so many that a penny less, homeless person, with no phone, no car, who's entire existence can fit into a shopping cart is your sworn enemy, lowering your standard of living, and taking food off your plate, and money out of your pocket, all the while assuring you, your still a good Christian, God fearing, compassionate soul . Just WOW!

    August 28, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  14. old age voter

    Mitch McConnell stop talking; it's a known fact that the current Senate majority leader Harry Reid and president Obama are the ones that shutdown the government. It's comforting knowing Harry Reid won't hold that position much longer.

    August 28, 2014 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  15. not so dumbed down

    I find the Republicans to be very frightening, on many levels, more than just lack of compassion and devoid of any moral fiber, they actions resemble Biblical prophecy.

    August 28, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  16. jim

    Who shut it down in the first place?

    August 28, 2014 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  17. not so dumbed down

    Right Mitch, and I've got ocean front property for sale in Nebraska.

    August 28, 2014 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  18. tbiphoto

    Mitchell McConnell is the guy who gets his party into shutdowns with perpetual comments like shutting down the US Senate into "one goal to defeat the President" of the United States. Fact. Mitchell is the one who mortifies the world entire defeating every single anti-massacre legislation he sees for his investors the National Rifle Association, and then uses US Senate offices to throw drunken binge parties to celebrate their obstruction of domestic safety.

    Mitchell is the one on his 47% moment recording to the Koch quote "I don't know where we would be without you guys" whether the CNN studios choses to include SUCH A BLATANT GRAVAMEN in their coverage of the recording this is commenting to, or not.

    Mitchell McConnell is the guy trotting a musket out on Kentucky GOP convention stage to salivate the guns-before-anything lot of his manifestly base base. Wouldn't it be nice, let alone accurate, if CNN would actually write their own pieces instead of letting the candidates do it for them? America would THEN not be seen SO MUCH as the land of the fraud, if they did.

    August 28, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  19. an Iowan

    Its a failed policy alright! The last one showed just how little the GOP cares about the citizens of this country and what lengths they will go to to continue to prove how asinine they really are!
    You allowed it to occur in the first place!
    You failed Senator!!!

    August 28, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  20. guest

    The fact that shutting down the government is described as 'policy', even as 'failed policy', here is disturbing. Senator, it is a failure to follow policy that leads to shutdowns, unless you are formally announcing it was a GOP goal to have government shutdown?

    August 28, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  21. steve

    You can't believe a word any Republican says anymore. They have taken lying and misleading the public way beyond the pale. Even when confronted with facts they continue to lie.

    August 28, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. Norma Vessels

    Just listen to that. Mitch McConnell did help stop the shut down, but not before he realized just how it was affecting everyone of us so badly, and not the White House so much. In other words, people were more angry with the Republicans for starting the shut down, so Mitch decided that it wasn't working to their advantage. Mitch McConnell you are not good for Kentucky, and you are not good for Congress. So don't give me your spiel about wanting to help the coal workers. I live here in Kentucky, and what we see is you kissing up to the big whigs in the coal industery that's raking in all the money. That's what your Bills are for .. for the big whigs. Well, in my opinion they have enough money. The workers are suffering because of it. Your good ole boy personnal may work on people who don't really know you, but it won't work any longer, here in Kentucky.

    August 28, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  23. Gunderson


    August 28, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. Gunderson

    WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE. Like the way the country is going? Like the 18 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt? Like the Obama Administration shoving all the illegals down your throat and in your pocketbook? Like the 29 Hour Work week? Like 50 Million on Food Stamps? Like the fact that many illegals are helping themselves to welfare, on your dime? If so just keep voting for it.

    August 28, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. Gunn Sportz

    1. All I Have To Say Is If The Dems Want To Really Do Any Damage ? Then Why Not Find Someone ? Who Has At Least A Tiny Itty Bitty Chance Of Doing So ? Allison Lundergrun Grimes is like a character out of "The Simpsons" ? compared to Mitch . and 2. Whats Up With CNN Shutting Down All The Comment Boards ? On The Subjects Of Guns ? And Failed Govt. Programs ? & Decisions ? Belonging To Obama and His Cohorts ?? What Are You Afraid Of ?? and as for all the question marks I put them there for smirks and sneers ,,,its a psychological "Trigger" for liberal brains that contain ..more ??? then any thing else in the entire Universe..gene pool side-effects I suppose : )

    August 28, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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