Mitch McConnell Articles

At CPAC, McConnell Embraces Rand

9:08 AM, Mar 15, 2013

Mitch McConnell, the leader of the GOP minority in the Senate, struck an upbeat tone in his Friday morning address to the conservative activists gathered at CPAC. “Friends, this is a moment of renewal. I truly believe it,” he said. In this era of new beginning, McConnell is seeking his sixth Senate term next year, and the 71-year-old conservative Republican is embracing his much younger Kentuckian, Rand Paul.

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McConnell: 'No Last-Minute, Back-Room Deal and Absolutely No Agreement to Increase Taxes'

8:34 AM, Mar 01, 2013

The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell released a statement this morning saying that "there will be no last-minute, back-room deal and absolutely no agreement to increase taxes." McConnell's statement came out before he, along with other congressional leaders, is scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House.

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McConnell: Opposition to Hagel 'Intensifying'

8:29 AM, Feb 04, 2013

The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said over the weekend that opposition to the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense is "intensifying." The second highest ranking Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn of Texas, has been leading the charge against Hagel.

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McConnell in Trouble?

Maybe, maybe not.
10:02 AM, Jan 30, 2013

Is Mitch McConnell already losing his reelection campaign? That's what a new poll from the Louisville Courier-Journal released Tuesday suggests. According to the survey of 609 registered voters in Kentucky, just 17 percent say they would vote to reelect the Republican and Senate minority leader, with 34 percent saying they will vote against him. Forty-four percent, meanwhile, say they will "wait and see" who will challenge McConnell in 2014 before making a decision. The firm Survey USA conducted the poll for the newspaper.

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McConnell: Only Thing Obama's Left on the Table 'Is the Varnish'

10:04 AM, Dec 12, 2012

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, blasted President Barack Obama for not leaving anything on the "fiscal cliff" negotiating table this morning in remarks on the Senate floor.

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McConnell: 'Until the President Gets Specific About Cuts, Nobody Should Trust Democrats'

11:19 AM, Dec 11, 2012

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell blasted President Barack Obama from the Senate floor this morning for not offering any specifics on spending cuts.

"With the Fiscal Cliff fast-approaching, I feel the need to point out something this morning that’s perfectly obvious to most Americans, but which Democrats in Washington still don’t seem to grasp. I’m referring to the fact that any solution to our spending and debt problem has to involve cuts to out-of-control Washington spending," said McConnell.

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Stephanopoulos to Geithner: Did McConnell Really Laugh at Your Proposal?

1:05 PM, Dec 02, 2012

On ABC's This Week Sunday, host George Stephanopoulos asked Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner about a report that Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell "burst out laughing" when Geithner told McConnell the Obama adminstration's proposal to avert the fiscal cliff. Geithner avoided the question.

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McConnell, on Geithner's Presentation of Obama's Plan: 'A Serious Blow to His Credibility'

"He ought to be embarrassed."
9:39 AM, Nov 30, 2012

The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, revealed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he “burst into laughter” when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined President Barack Obama's fiscal cliff plan yesterday. McConnell believes the plan is "completely unserious."

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McConnell 'Burst Into Laughter' as Geithner Outlined Obama's Plan

6:14 PM, Nov 29, 2012

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, says he “burst into laughter” Thursday when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined the administration proposal for averting the fiscal cliff.  He wasn’t trying to embarrass Geithner, McConnell says, only responding candidly to his one-sided plan, explicit on tax increases, vague on spending cuts.

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Harry Reid Called Filibuster Reform He Now Supports 'Illegal' and 'Un-American'

12:57 PM, Nov 28, 2012

Harry Reid was against the filibuster rule change before coming out for it. In 2005, when Republicans threatened to change the rules to weaken Senate Democrats, Reid was a vocal opponent. 

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McConnell: Harry Reid Wants to 'Break the Rules to Change the Rules'

"Majoritarian power-grab."
11:18 AM, Nov 28, 2012

Republican senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, is accusing Democrat Harry Reid, the majority leader, of wanting to "break the rules to change the rules." This is part a "systematic effort to marginalize the minority," according to McConnell.

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McConnell Reelected Top Republican in Senate

11:00 AM, Nov 14, 2012

Senate aides confirm that Republican senator Mitch McConnell has been reelected minority leader in the Senate. Conservative stalwarts Pat Toomey and Marco Rubio spoke in favor of McConnell's nomination at the closed door session.

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McConnell to Obama: No Mandate

2:27 PM, Nov 13, 2012

In remarks on the Senate floor, the top Republican in that chamber argues against a mandate for President Barack Obama after his reelection last week.

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McConnell: Obama's 'Been Working to Earn a Spot on the PGA Tour'

1:17 PM, Aug 29, 2012

Here are excerpts of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell's address, which he'll deliver tonight at the Republican convention: 

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McConnell Implores Reid to Allow Senate Vote on Repeal of Obamacare

6:04 PM, Aug 02, 2012

On the Senate floor right now, just before Congress breaks away for summer recess, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is imploring Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow the full Senate to vote on Obamacare. This is the fourth time McConnell has asked Reid for a vote since the Supreme Court decide to uphold Obamacare earlier this summer, but Reid is once again expected to prevent the top Republican in the Senate from holding a vote.

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Reid Pledges to Block Votes on Obamacare Repeal, Tax Cuts

11:25 AM, Jul 19, 2012

This morning on the Senate floor, Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, pledged to block Republican efforts to vote on the repeal of Obamacare and tax cuts:

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How Mitch Maneuvered the JOBS Act

11:00 PM, Apr 09, 2012

It looked so easy when the bipartisan JOBS Act cleared the Senate (73-26) and the House (380-41) and was signed into law by President Obama last week. But passage of a strong bill wasn’t a snap. Only the maneuvering of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell kept the measure from being delayed, angrily debated, and then watered down.

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Mitch's Mistake

Conservatives shouldn't defend judicial supremacy.
12:45 PM, Apr 05, 2012

President Obama has earned much criticism for preemptively challenging the Supreme Court's authority to strike down Obamacare's individual mandate. And deservedly so; his glib ignorance of constitutional history deserves a firm response.

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Obama Campaign Says GOP Blocking Jobs Bill--After Reid Blocks Jobs Bill

3:17 PM, Oct 04, 2011

The Obama campaign sent out an email today asking supporters to urge Congress to at least vote on the president’s jobs bill almost immediately after Democratic majority leader Harry Reid blocked a vote on the bill in the Senate.

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Obama’s Bridge to the Campaign

10:00 AM, Sep 23, 2011

President Obama arrived in Cincinnati Thursday afternoon to tout his newest bill meant to stimulate the economy with billions of dollars in infrastructure investment for job creation. The Obama team chose the “functionally obsolete” Brent Spence Bridge connecting Kentucky and Ohio, and the still concrete trucks at the local Hilltop Concrete company for the event’s symbolic backdrop. The president arrived in Cincinnati for two reasons: one, to gain support in the backyards of two chief Republican critics—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, and two, he appeared on the northern banks of the river in swing state Ohio in an early quest for electoral votes in a key battleground.

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Obama's Dishonest Free-Trade Demogoguery

12:00 PM, Sep 06, 2011

For a while now, Obama's been mentioning in speeches that there are free-trade agreements that need to be ratified as away to create jobs and spur growth... while blaming Republicans for the hold up.

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Boehner, McConnell Select Supercommittee Members

10:47 AM, Aug 10, 2011

House speaker John Boehner has chosen Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas to be co-chair of the joint select committee on deficit reduction, or the so-called supercommittee. Reps. Dave Camp and Fred Upton, both of Michigan, were also selected by Boehner to represent the House Republicans on the supercommittee. Meanwhile, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has chosen fellow senators Jon Kyl of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Rob Portman of Ohio as the GOP Senate representatives.

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Will the Debt Ceiling Deal Gut Defense?

4:29 PM, Jul 31, 2011

Members of Congress and their staff who know and care about defense are somewhere between alarmed and panicked at the emerging shape of the debt ceiling deal. (Consider this amazing on-the-record statement by Senator Joe Lieberman’s communications director to Jennifer Rubin just a few minutes ago: “Senator Lieberman is very concerned about rumors that the d

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What Boehner Should Do Now

9:08 AM, Jul 29, 2011

Last night, Speaker Boehner toyed with adding a gimmicky balanced budget amendment provision to the Republican budget bill in order to try to get the final handful of votes he needs for passage. He thought better of this last night, and didn’t do so. He should continue to avoid pointless and embarrassing gimmicks to try to secure a last-gasp victory on the House floor.

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All Talk, No Walk

11:17 AM, Jul 26, 2011

President Obama portrays himself as the nonpartisan adult in the room in the struggle over raising the debt limit. In his nationally televised speech Monday, he placed himself above Washington’s “three-ring circus,” as someone who has “put politics aside” and is desperate for a bipartisan “compromise” between Democrats and Republicans.

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Divide and Conquer

The president’s real agenda.
Jul 25, 2011

Soon after Mitch McConnell joined the debt limit talks, his suspicions grew. An agreement with President Obama on raising the limit by $2.4 trillion​—​and tied to serious spending cuts​—​looked impossible. The more he heard from Obama and his aides in the private sessions at the White House, the more he felt that no good could come from the talks. They would lead to a bad deal, harm to Republicans, or both.

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McConnell's Thunder Stolen

A Parody.
6:10 PM, Jul 13, 2011

Growing Opposition to the McConnell Plan

4:47 PM, Jul 13, 2011

Louisiana senator David Vitter just released the following statement, expressing disapproval of Mitch McConnell's proposed debt ceiling plan:

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As Easy as ABC

Moving on from Mitch McConnell.
1:01 AM, Jul 13, 2011

Mitch McConnell’s plan, as Eric Cantor and Jim DeMint said tonight, is “going nowhere.” Which is where it deserved to go. It was too clever by half, transparently cynical, probably unconstitutional, and Rube Goldberg-like in its incomprehensibility.

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