McConnell Camp Comes Back at Gibbs


Spokesman Don Stewart: “Ending the Obama Administration’s liberal agenda as soon as possible is Sen. McConnell’s top political priority.”

Earlier: Press Sec. calls on the Minority Leader to cut back the slings and arrows directed at Obama after Nov. 2 — unless he’s trying to run president.

McConnell team statement:

Ending the Obama Administration’s liberal agenda as soon as possible is Sen. McConnell’s top political priority. The American people are clamoring for a focus on jobs and righting our economy. Instead, for two years the president and the majority in Congress have veered off to the far left and pursued their own liberal wish-list agenda. Americans have been speaking out, they want us to stand up for them and fight the wasteful Washington spending, stop the massive growth of the debt, create a better environment for job growth and repeal and replace the health spending bill, and that’s McConnell’s focus for the next two years.

From Gibbs:

On post- midterm cooperation

“I think at the end of the day the president strongly believes that there is enough common ground to move the country forward.”

“This is a president who came to Washington wanting to work with the other side…We were criticized for wanting that for too long on health care.”

“The only way you’re going to make progress on getting our fiscal house in order is doing it together.”

“I don’t think anybody here is naive that it wont take hard work.. my point is it will take hard work on both sides.”

On campaigning for the midterms

“The political environment has been largely determined by the economic environment and it’s been one of frustration.”

“We’re not just appealing to one group of people.”

“We hope [Obama’s actions] appeal to everybody.”

“The president believes that if he can certainly be helpful… that’s a role he can play, should play and will play.”

On election night

“He’s not one to sit by the TV and watch [the results coming in] over and over and over again.”

On Frank Caprio

“That was communicated clearly and well in advance to the campaign…that we weren’t going to get involved in the race.”


“The president continues to believe this is a law. The time for the ending of this law has come.”

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