Monday, November 01, 2010
Image by Getty Images via @daylifeMcConnell: Dem attacks 'laughable' - POLITICO.com
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he has no regrets about saying the GOP’s top priority over the next two years will be to make Barack Obama a one-term president, calling Democratic attacks over the line “laughable.”
“I know the president’s goal is to get a second term. It’s not surprising that Republicans would want him to not get reelected,” McConnell said in an interview with POLITICO.
Democrats have been criticizing McConnell for telling the National Journal last week that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." Democrats took that to mean that McConnell and the GOP have no intention of effectively governing.
But McConnell said in a phone interview Monday that the attacks are “kind of laughable” and said Democrats are only focusing on him because “they don’t have much to talk about.”
“They can’t talk about any of the things they passed,” the Kentucky Republican said. “They almost have nothing to say to the American people.”
McConnell argued that counter to what Democrats have been saying, he is actually looking forward to working with the president — though only if Obama does a “Clintonian back flip” and focuses on spending, debt and the economy.
McConnell would not name specific policies he could work with the White House on, saying he’ll assess just what kind of hand Republicans have to play with after Tuesday’s election.
“We’ll let you know,” McConnell said.
Asked if he would name anything specific, McConnell responded: “Not today.”