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  • Mitch McConnell: $4T Deficit-Reduction Deal Likely Off the Table

    07/10/2011 7:12:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/10/2011
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News that he thinks a major deficit-reduction deal cutting $4 trillion over the next decade is off the table, claiming Democrats are pushing too hard for tax increases. "Everything they've told me and the speaker is that to get a big package would require big tax increases in the middle of the economic situation," McConnell told "Fox News Sunday." He called the prospect of tax hikes a "terrible idea." The Senate GOP leader is the latest to weigh in on the rollercoaster negotiations that are set to continue Sunday evening at the White...
  • Maddow Mocks Mitch McConnell: 'Little Mitch The Rodeo Queen'

    05/31/2011 7:32:45 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    File this one under: Imagine If The Partisan Tables Were Turned. On her MSNBC show this evening, Rachel Maddow repeatedly mocked the Republican Senate leader as "little Mitch, the rodeo queen." Maddow was miffed over McConnell's arranging a Senate vote on the raising of the debt ceiling, and by extension the Republican position on Medicare reform. And so, for about ten--interminable--minutes, Maddow beat into the ground a labored metaphor, somehow analogizing McConnell to the little girls in Utah who were forced to compete on stick ponies because the real horses had been sidelined by illness. View video here.
  • GOP leader McConnell to force Senate vote on healthcare repeal

    02/01/2011 12:26:58 PM PST · by RobertClark · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/01/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) will force a vote on healthcare repeal as early as this week despite pledges from Senate Democrats to block the effort. McConnell told colleagues during a lunch meeting Tuesday that he will offer healthcare reform repeal as an amendment to legislation on the Senate floor. McConnell told Republican colleagues during a meeting in the Lyndon Baines Johnson room that he would offer the repeal amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, according to a Senate GOP source. The GOP leader plans to offer his amendment later Tuesday afternoon. Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Master of the Senate - (Mitch McConnell gets the job done)

    01/29/2011 7:33:21 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | Jan. 24, 2010 | Robert Costa
    Mitch McConnell would not smile. The rest of the crowd, full of big-name Democrats and liberal activists, nodded and cracked grins as Vice President Joe Biden quoted Edmund Burke, the famed Anglo-Irish statesman, on the nature of compromise. But McConnell, the purse-lipped Senate GOP leader, remained still, unmoved by Biden’s invocation of a favorite conservative philosopher. Days before, Biden and McConnell had crafted an agreement to extend Bush-era tax rates for two years. Now, on a frigid December afternoon, the pair was standing on a dais in the first-floor auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. As Biden playfully cited...
  • McConnell vows to grill vulnerable 2012 Dems on healthcare reform repeal

    12/19/2010 11:57:42 AM PST · by freespirited · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said he will force Democrats to vote on a repeal of the landmark healthcare reform law when Republicans control half of Congress next year. “I’m hoping we will receive from the House of Representatives a full repeal of Obamacare; it will be hard to get that through the Senate,” McConnell said on CNN's "State of the Union." McConnell said he hopes “that among those who had maybe second thoughts in the Senate, including the 23 Democrats who are up for re-election in ’12, there will be some openness to revisiting what I think is...
  • Reid: Earmarks are 'what we're supposed to do'

    12/16/2010 9:55:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/16/10 | Stephen Dinan
    Preparing for a final showdown on the massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid defended the thousands of earmarks in the measure as the basic function of Congress. "That's our job. That's what we're supposed to do," Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, said as he chastised fellow senators who, while having requested pork-barrel spending earlier this year, are now decrying their inclusion in the spending bill.
  • Who Can You Trust?

    12/17/2010 6:41:11 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 11 replies · 1+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 12.17/10 | Purple Mountains
    Of course, it's not over until it's over, but the disgusting frenzy going on in Congress right now, after the American people spoke loudly and clearly, is making me crazy. What has become very clear is two things: the Democrats want to undo the results of the election, and RINO Republicans didn't get the message at all. Senator Jim De Mint, a conservative Republican from South Carolina and a hero of mine, wanted to have the Seanate read the Start Treaty from beginning to end, thus limiting the time the Democrats would have to inflict maximum damage on tax-paying citizens;...
  • Mitch McConnell caves, will support DeMint’s ban on earmarks

    11/16/2010 8:28:49 AM PST · by WebFocus · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/16/2010 | Allahpundit
    Last week he was “quietly campaigning” against it, today he’s suddenly seen the light. Why the change? Well, for starters, DeMint now thinks he has enough votes to pass the resolution in tomorrow’s caucus meeting. The last thing McConnell needs at the start of a new term is an embarrassing defeat, especially with Tom Coburn hint-hinting that earmark supporters should be primaried and with rumors forever swirling that DeMint might challenge McConnell for majority leader. (Indeed, DeMint’s already rushed out a statement congratulating McConnell for his “bold leadership.”) Beyond that, though, I think his hand was forced this weekend when...
  • McConnell agrees to ban earmarks

    11/15/2010 10:35:41 PM PST · by FredJake · 26 replies ^ | Nov. 15, 2010 | Joe Newby
    On Monday, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), agreed to a ban on earmarks. Originally, he had resisted such a ban, arguing that it would put the president in charge of state spending, but noted that most Americans were upset over abuses in the system. According to an article at Fox News, McConnell said: "As the leader of my party in the Senate, I have to lead first by example," McConnell, R-Ky., said from the floor of the Senate on the first day of its lame-duck session. "Nearly every day that the Senate’s been in session for the past two years,...
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell Welcomes 13 GOP Freshman Senators to Capitol Hill – Video 11/15/10

    11/15/2010 6:14:16 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 3 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 15, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell welcoming the 13 new Republican Senator-elects to Washington D.C. for their orientation. McConnell described what a contrast today was with 2006 and 2008 when he welcomed one, and two freshman Senators respectively! Sitting around McConnell were the 13 GOP Freshman Senators, including Marco Rubio, Roy Blunt, Rand Paul, and Mark Kirk. It should be interesting to see how they do!
  • Senate president wants 17th Amendment repealed

    11/12/2010 8:31:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | November 12, 2010 | The Associated Press
    CORBIN — LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Senate President David Williams told a group of law students that state legislators, not voters, should choose members of the U.S. Senate — comments that drew a negative reaction from Kentucky’s two senators. Declaring himself “a tea partier,” Williams on Wednesday called for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for popular election of U.S. senators, the Lexington-Herald Leader reported. Williams is seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year.
  • Promises, Promises: Will Obama, GOP Keep Theirs?

    11/05/2010 11:34:59 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 05, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Despite everyone's expectations, getting President Obama and the new Republican majority in the House to work together shouldn't really be that difficult. At least it shouldn't be difficult if both sides just keep their campaign promises. In his election night remarks, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), the leader of the new House Republican majority, promised: "[The Republican agenda] starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it. Reducing the size of government instead of expanding it." Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the same pledge. Despite the 21.4 percent increase in federal spending during the first two years of his...
  • Reid Still Pushing The Rejected Obama Agenda

    11/04/2010 5:43:12 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/04/10 | CaroleL
    There was never any doubt that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) didn't get it, but Nevadans re-elected him anyway. Now, just two days after the historic election that saw Republicans take back the House of Representatives and make serious gains in the Senate, Senator Reid is still spouting the same divisive rhetoric despite the clear message voters across the country have sent.
  • Live Thread: House GOP Leadership Post-Victory Press Conference 11:30 A.M. EDT 11/03/10

    11/03/2010 8:49:55 AM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 | Kristinn
    The House Republican leaders are scheduled to have a press conference around 11:30 a.m. EDT.C-SPAN will carry it live. The cable networks will probably carry it also.
  • Buck won't commit to supporting McConnell as GOP leader

    10/27/2010 9:01:58 AM PDT · by Qbert · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck said Tuesday night he wouldn't commit to supporting Mitch McConnell (Ky.) as Senate GOP leader. Buck joined several other Republican Senate candidates aligned with the Tea Party movement who haven't yet signed on to supporting McConnell as the party's top official in the Senate. "You know, I'm going to make that decision when we get there," Buck said on the Fox Business Network when asked if he'd be supporting McConnell for leader. "I am not going to try to guess who's running and who's not running." The Colorado conservative isn't the only possible member...
  • McConnell: 'GOP Leadership United to Repeal Obamacare'

    10/21/2010 7:35:26 AM PDT · by kristinn · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | Connie Hair
    Much back and forth has gone on this week over whether Republicans are committed to the repeal of the government takeover of health care known as Obamacare. The so-called mainstream media has gotten into the act in an effort to suppress Republican voter turnout. Having a great deal invested in the Obama façade they created, the media is once again in full protect mode trying to help Democrats avoid an out-and-out slaughter on Nov. 2. The only way to suppress GOP turnout is if disheartened voters believe their efforts to expel Democrats won’t make a difference in policy. And the...
  • Mitch McConnell: Most Americans Believe the Obama Government has been “Extreme” – Video

    09/26/2010 8:18:16 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 26, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reacting to Christianne Amanpour’s blatantly biased question today with which she painted GOP Senate candidates Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell as “bizarre” and “fringe.” McConnell gave a perfect answer. He said to Amanpour: “You want to know what most Americans think is extreme? . . . . What most Americans think is extreme is the kind of Government we’ve been running for the last year and a half . . . “
  • McConnell: In Delaware, O'Donnell has 'a good chance of winning'

    09/26/2010 7:21:39 PM PDT · by truthfreedom · 34 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/26/10 | Mike Lillis
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that he likes the odds on Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party candidate ruffling GOP feathers in the contest to replace former-Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.). "The Delaware primary was interesting — a new candidate, fresh face," McConnell said on ABC's "This Week." "I think she's got a good chance of winning."
  • McConnell Fears Overconfidence

    09/12/2010 10:28:43 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | September 12, 2010 | John Stanton and Jackie Kucinich
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday cautioned Republicans against appearing to take for granted that they will make significant electoral gains in November, saying Democrats still have cards to play and voters rarely reward overconfidence. In an interview Friday, the Kentucky Republican warned that the “American people have not finally spoken yet. And I don’t think they like any measuring of the drapes.” “I think the time to spike the ball in the end zone is when you’ve scored” and not before, McConnell said, although he readily acknowledged Republicans are well-positioned this year. “Having said that, we’ve got a...
  • McConnell: GOP Would Have a “Very Good Day” if “Election Were Tomorrow” - Video

    08/22/2010 2:47:30 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 20 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 22, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of GOP U.S. Senate Majority Leader – Sen. Mitch McConnell – being asked if the GOP would be able to take back control of the Senate in this year’s Midterm Elections. McConnell refused to make a prediction, but he did say that if the “election were held tomorrow, we’d have a very good day.” He cited the fact that Democrats “are on defense” in at least 12 Senate elections, and the “Republicans are on offense.” “I’m very optimistic” McConnell said. I don’t think Mitch McConnell has to worry about being guilty of “irrational exuberance!”
  • I Believe Al Franken Is Sorry

    08/07/2010 1:07:30 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 26 replies
    The Looking Spoon | 8-7-2010 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Senator Mitch McConnell gave Al Franken a piece of his mind after being mocked by him in the Senate chambers during his speech in opposition to Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme Court. I'm glad to hear Franken was apologetic to McConnell after being reminded he is no longer a writer for Saturday Night Live and doesn't have to be unfunny in the Senate too. To be fair, he absolutely did the right thing, but it came only after being taken to task for it. What if he wasn't? Would he still have been sorry? Did it really have...
  • Franken apologizes to McConnell for rudeness

    08/06/2010 8:58:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | August 5, 2010 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday for being rude to Sen. Mitch McConnell as the Senate's top Republican was winding up a solemn debate on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Franken, a liberal Democrat from Minnesota, was presiding over the Senate as McConnell explained his opposition to President Barack Obama's high-court nominee. A Senate GOP aide said Franken made theatrical gestures and whispered under his breath as the Kentucky senator spoke. It was distracting enough that McConnell went up to the former comedian afterward and said, "This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al."
  • McConnell scolds Franken for making faces from dais during his speech

    08/05/2010 4:54:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies
    McConnell scolds Franken for making faces from dais during his speech By Alexander Bolton - 08/05/10 06:00 PM ET Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) scolded Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on the Senate floor Thursday for allegedly mocking him while he delivered a solemn speech on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. The dust-up came seconds after McConnell delivered a speech on Kagan’s nomination shortly before the Senate voted to confirm her to the high court. Franken, who was presiding over the chamber from the dais, gesticulated and made faces while McConnell explained his opposition to Kagan, according to witnesses. The...
  • John Thune starts prepping for 2012

    07/27/2010 4:42:19 PM PDT · by JRochelle · 101 replies · 2+ views
    Politico ^ | 7/27/2010 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    With speculation growing that he’ll join the wide-open 2012 Republican presidential field, South Dakota Sen. John Thune plans to roll out a sweeping proposal Tuesday to remake the congressional budget process. Thune’s budget plan would create a joint House-Senate panel on cutting government spending, call for a line-item veto and mandate that 10 percent of the deficit be cut each year until it is eliminated. As he tries to build up his policy credentials, Thune is also stepping up his political travel, headlining a Republican Party of Virginia event on Wednesday, to be followed by trips to Arkansas, California and...
  • Jeb Bush Shows America Rand Paul's True Colors

    07/26/2010 7:46:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 61 replies · 10+ views
    The Hillbilly Report ^ | Sunday, July 18, 2010 | RDemocrat
    Remember when Rand Paul was running in the primary?? He painted himself as an "outsider" who did not believe in "big government" and taxpayer bailouts. Since that time he has proven himself to be quite a hypocrite and a far cry from the fiscally responsible candidate he convinced his supporters he was. From crawling into bed with Mitch McConnell to raise funds, to wanting businesses to discriminate the real Rand Paul started to stand up. Now after he and McConnell enjoyed their after love-making cigarette, Rand Paul is crawling into bed with another unsavory character. Yes, now Rand Paul is...
  • Two More GOP Senators to Oppose Kagan (McConnell and Murkowski)

    07/02/2010 2:16:21 PM PDT · by kristinn · 36 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | Friday, July 2, 2010 | Charles Riley
    SNIP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski both issued statements Friday afternoon indicating their opposition to Kagan's nomination. The announcements come hours after Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch indicated he would oppose Kagan's nomination. McConnell said Kagan was "far from forthcoming in discussing her own views on basic principles of American constitutional law" during this week's confirmation hearings. "I do not have confidence that if she were confirmed to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court she would suddenly constrain the ardent political advocacy that has marked much of her adult life," McConnell said. "The...
  • Dems: We’re not bound by president’s tax vow

    06/22/2010 7:15:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 22, 2010 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats are looking at the possibility of raising taxes on families below the $250,000-a-year threshold promised by President Barack Obama during the election. The majority party on Capitol Hill does not feel bound by that pledge, saying the threshold for tax hikes will depend on several factors, such as the revenue differences between setting the threshold at $200,000 and setting it at $250,000. “You could go lower, too — why not $200,000?” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). “With the debt and deficit we have, you can’t make promises to people. This is a very serious situation.” Sen. Byron Dorgan (N.D.),...
  • Sen. McConnell: Obama "Holding The Gulf Hostage"

    06/16/2010 8:42:45 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 15 replies · 590+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 16, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    June 16, 2010 Sen. McConnell: Obama "Holding The Gulf Hostage" Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) says President Obama is "holding the Gulf hostage" in order to promote a national energy tax (known as cap and trade).
  • "Rand Slide" CARTOON featuring Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell...

    05/19/2010 3:09:36 PM PDT · by IPWGOP · 5 replies · 1,197+ views ^ | 2-19-2010 | IPWGOP
  • It Was Mitch McConnell With The Dagger in The Conservatory.

    05/05/2010 1:05:34 PM PDT · by RonPaulLives · 17 replies · 585+ views
    Red State ^ | 05/04/10 | Erick Erickson
    Mitch McConnell is finally endorsing Trey Grayson in Kentucky after working behind the scenes for months with Grayson’s campaign. Grayson’s campaign has all the hallmarks of a McConnell Senate campaign effort, i.e. it is losing. Both times McConnell led the Senate Republicans’ election efforts, they lost seats. But it gets more interesting. As news of McConnell’s endorsement percolates this morning in Kentucky, we now know which Senior Republican lied to James Dobson to persuade Dobson to endorse Trey Grayson over Rand Paul. The misleader? Mitch McConnell. McConnell has been playing favorites in the race behind the scenes. He drove Jim...
  • McConnell in Kentucky

    05/04/2010 9:33:27 AM PDT · by speciallybland · 8 replies · 441+ views
    Politico ^ | 05/04/2010 | Ben Smith
    Mitch McConnell endorsed Trey Grayson in Kentucky today, a fairly unusual move for the Minority Leader, and also a kind of doubling down: A Republican source tells me that James Dobson, who angrily switched candidates this week and endorsed Rand Paul, blames McConnell for allegedly misleading him on Paul's abortion credentials.
  • MSNBC Airs Ad Casting McConnell As Criminal

    04/26/2010 5:07:13 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies · 733+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Isn't the MSM supposedly opposed to the coarsening of the political dialogue? We've all heard the hand-wringing about the mean ways those awful Tea Partiers and their ilk have depicted Pres. Obama and other Dems. So why, then, would MSNBC take money from to air an ad portraying Republican leader Mitch McConnell as a criminal, right down to having him hold a mug-shot placard? Yes, there I was, watching this evening's Ed Show for my sins, when the ad appeared . . . View video here.
  • McConnell eyes majority, then repeal of bill

    03/25/2010 4:07:41 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 14 replies · 719+ views
    Politico ^ | March 25, 2010 | Mike Allen
    Refusing to concede permanent defeat on health reform, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell wants to “repeal the whole bill” and replace it with insurance reforms and other measures that could get bipartisan agreement. “They got health care,” McConnell told POLITICO with a mischievous glint in his eye. “We’ll see whether that’s a gift worth receiving.”...
  • Other Tax Shoes Begin To Drop

    03/23/2010 5:46:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies · 2,310+ views ^ | March 23, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Health Care Reform: The Senate parliamentarian dims GOP hopes on a reconciliation bill that contains even more onerous taxes and even a financial incentive to lay people off. No wonder Speaker Pelosi is laughing. We'll acknowledge that the signing of ObamaCare into law is a historic event, but we think the Weather Channel broadcasting the signing ceremony was a bit much. On the other hand, stormy political weather and more dark clouds lay ahead. The cries of "repeal" and "remember in November" are rising, and state attorneys general are taking the feds to court over the unconstitutional mandates and usurpation...
  • VIDEO: Liberal Protestors Throw Cash, Curse At Sen. McConnell

    03/21/2010 2:08:07 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 18 replies · 1,273+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 21, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    After his interview on Face The Nation, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) faced health care protesters who threw money at him.
  • The Iceman Cometh: He's Cool, Calm, And Out To Get Obama

    02/14/2010 2:02:00 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 1,575+ views
    Newsweek ^ | February 14, 2010 | Howard Fineman
    The Iceman Cometh He's Cool, Calm, And Out To Get Obama. by Howard Fineman Published Feb 12, 2010 The blizzard had paralyzed Washington. So it was an apt day for a chat (by phone) with Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who is working successfully—yet with surprisingly little personal notoriety—to bury the Barack Obama presidency in an unplowed cul-de-sac called the U.S. Senate. As the GOP leader there, McConnell strands Democrats in snowdrifts of parliamentary procedure and nasty talking points. "We are not just reflexively looking for areas where there will be no progress," he assured me. Having spent many...
  • McConnell: "Larry King Would Have Had More Thorough Interrogation" of Christmas Day Bomber - Video

    01/31/2010 3:02:14 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 253+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 31, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell talking to CNN's John King today where he said the Obama Administration made a huge mistake in not allowing intelligence officials to interrogate attempted terrorist underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. McConnell said: "Larry King would have a more thorough interrogation of one of his witnesses than the Christmas Bomber had by the Justice Department." McConnell said terrorists need to be interrogated and then tried by military tribunals, not in civilian courts as the Obama Administration wants to do. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Says "Better Days are Ahead" for America - Video

    01/02/2010 1:50:07 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 431+ views
    Here is video of GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivering a New Year's Message where he said despite all the challenges America faces, there are "better days ahead" for America. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Did McConnell really 'surrender' in health care debate?

    12/23/2009 8:59:03 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 51 replies · 1,864+ views
    The Examiner ^ | December 23, 2009 | Byron York
    Some commentators have accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of caving to Democratic pressure by agreeing to hold the vote on final passage of the national health care bill on Christmas Eve morning as opposed to the originally-planned 7 p.m. "Mitch McConnell Surrenders," reads one blog headline. "McConnell Weasels Out," reads another. But according to a well placed GOP Senate source, it was Majority Leader Harry Reid who approached McConnell in hopes of holding the vote earlier, and McConnell, who was prepared to go ahead with the evening vote, got some key concessions from Reid in return for agreeing to...
  • McConnell Says Vote in "Dead of Night" Shows Dems Don't Believe Health Care Bill is Good - Video

    12/21/2009 4:51:07 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 14 replies · 510+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 21, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of GOP Senate Minority Leader speaking before the cloture vote on the Senate Health Care Bill early this morning, where he said that if the Democrats really believed it was a good bill, they would not be voting on it "in the dead of night." The vote was 60-40 to invoke cloture, sending it on its way to a final passage vote on Christmas Eve. The Democrats pushed the vote through after 1:00 AM ET. . . . (VIDEO)
  • McConnell Says Dems Health Bill is an "Outrage Being Perpetrated on the American People" - Video

    12/19/2009 10:20:00 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 22 replies · 997+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 19, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calling the Democrats' Senate Health Care Bill a "legislative train wreck." McConnell was reacting to news that Democrats now have the 60 votes to invoke cloture and move to a vote on final passage on the bill. They hope to do so on Christmas Eve. McConnell said the bill will lead to higher taxes, and that it includes "permissive language" on government-funded abortions. He said the bill will cut back on Medicare, Medicaid, and Hospice funding. McConnell pointed out that the bill now contains a special deal for Medicaid funding...
  • It's War: GOP Firm On Stopping Senate Health Bill

    12/18/2009 4:17:30 PM PST · by mdittmar · 140 replies · 4,197+ views
    WJZ ^ | Dec 18, 2009 | ap
    Republicans Demand To Read Legislation Before Voting On It WASHINGTON (AP) Republicans threatened to delay Senate business with a health care read-a-thon this weekend as Democrats searched for 60 votes to advance President Barack Obama's signature issue. A forecast of heavy snow added to the list of complications. At a news conference Friday in the Capitol, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accused Democrats of trying to ram the health care bill through with dozens of changes as yet unseen, and promised to do all they could to prevent it. "I think we've made it...
  • Reid's Ruse--the Scheme No One is Talking About

    12/17/2009 9:07:34 AM PST · by Welshman007 · 11 replies · 811+ views
    In a blatant attempt to slip into law a healthcare bill nobody has seen, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has kept hidden the actual healthcare legislation while putting forth a false bill for debate on the Senate floor--Reid's ruse. This is the charge by GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.
  • McCain Takes Center Stage in Health Fight (wants to lead GOP)

    12/12/2009 9:16:54 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 79 replies · 2,103+ views
    After Lying Low in Wake of 2008 Presidential-Election Loss, Arizona Senator Mounts Opposition to Obama's Top Priority. BY NAFTALI BENDAVID & GREG HITT Sen. John McCain kept a relatively low profile for months after he lost the 2008 presidential election to Barack Obama. Those days are over. In the health-care battle, the Arizona Republican has suddenly emerged as the John McCain of old -- a vigorous political combatant. He has publicly hammered Democratic proposals, engaged in heated exchanges on the Senate floor and lent his voice to automated telephone calls pressuring Democratic senators in Arkansas, Colorado and Nebraska on their...
  • KY-Sen. 2010: Trey Grayson gave keynote speech at Van Jones-sponsored climate change event

    11/29/2009 12:28:33 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 68 replies · 3,350+ views
    (snip) Trey Grayson, a Republican candidate for US Senate, was the keynote speaker on the issue of global warming last year at Eastern Kentucky University as part of the National Focus the Nation event. Now, why is that such a big deal? Well, the Special Adviser for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for Focus the Nation is none other than Van Jones. Yes, that's right, the self-proclaimed communist Obama hired to be the Green Jobs Czar that had to tuck tail and resign at midnight. WHOA Now, let's back up a bit. Here's a bit of history on Focus the...
  • Mitch McConnell: Democrats Gonna Have To Convince A Number "To Take A Bullet For The Team" (Video)

    11/09/2009 9:30:21 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 2 replies · 366+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 11/9/09 | talkradio03
    Mitch McConnell on Foxnews Greta says that health care is in doubt in the Senate and that the Dem Leadership will have to convince a number of Democrats to "take a bullet for the team" for passage...(Video)
  • McConnell: Dems Nervous that their Image is that of a Teen with their Parents' Credit Card - Video

    10/25/2009 8:36:40 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 610+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | October 25, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of GOP Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on This Week with George Stephanopoulos today, where he said Democrats are getting nervous "over this increasing view that Congress is acting like a teenager with their parents' credit card, not worried about who's going to have to pay the bill." What a great way to say it! . . . (VIDEO)
  • McConnell: TARP worked

    10/06/2009 5:51:32 AM PDT · by Just A Nobody · 52 replies · 2,091+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/2/09 | JAKE SHERMAN
    It’s not popular with his party, but Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell is saying that the Wall Street bailout was a success – one year after the historic $700 billion vote. The Troubled Asset Relief Program has “succeeded in stabilizing the banking system,” McConnell told reporters Friday. Read more:
  • Mitch McConnell Blasts The Economic Stimulus + Obama's Stimulus Results By The Numbers (Video)

    07/26/2009 8:19:22 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 2 replies · 80+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 7/26/09 | talkradio03
    How's that Hope and Change working out? Mitch calls it a failure on CNN's State of the Union, + the numbers for Obama's first 6 months...
  • Mitch McConnell to vote "no" on Sotomayor (How about the rest of the GOP?)

    07/18/2009 2:17:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 924+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 7/18/2009 | Rick Moran
    Mitch McConnell appears to be taking Jennifer Rubin's adage to heart as his office announced that the Republican leader will oppose the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court: McConnell gives his reasons in a press release outlining remarks he will make Monday on the senate floor: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "From the beginning of this confirmation process, I've said that Americans expect one thing when they walk into a court room, whether it's a traffic court or the Supreme Court - and that's equal treatment under the law. Over the years, Americans have accepted significant ideological differences in the kinds of...