Woodward Gets Scarborough to Apologize for Misreporting McConnell’s ‘Make Obama One-Term President’ Remark
September 23, 2012
For those that have forgotten, McConnell first made these comments during an interview with the National Journal on October 23, 2010:
NATIONAL JOURNAL: You’ve been studying the history of presidents who lost part or all of Congress in their first term. Why?
SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KENTUCKY): In the last 100 years, three presidents suffered big defeats in Congress in their first term and then won reelection: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and the most recent example, Bill Clinton. I read a lot of history anyway, but I am trying to apply those lessons to current situations in hopes of not making the same mistakes.
NJ: What have you learned?
McConnell: After 1994, the public had the impression we Republicans overpromised and underdelivered. We suffered from some degree of hubris and acted as if the president was irrelevant and we would roll over him. By the summer of 1995, he was already on the way to being reelected, and we were hanging on for our lives.
NJ: What does this mean now?
McConnell: We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”
NJ: What’s the job?
McConnell: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
NJ: Does that mean endless, or at least frequent, confrontation with the president?
McConnell: If President Obama does a Clintonian backflip, if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.
NJ: What are the big issues?
McConnell: It is possible the president’s advisers will tell him he has to do something to get right with the public on his levels of spending and [on] lowering the national debt. If he were to heed that advice, he would, I image, [sic] find more support among our conference than he would among some in the Senate in his own party. I don’t want the president to fail; I want him to change. So, we’ll see. The next move is going to be up to him.
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September 3, 2011
Posted by Speaker Boehner’s Press Office on September 02, 2011
Many Americans are struggling to cope with Hurricane Irene, the earthquake on the East Coast, and other natural disasters. They deserve our help, not political games at their expense. But that hasn’t stopped Democrats from putting politics before the needs of families and small businesses impacted by these natural disasters by falsely claiming that Republicans are “holding emergency funds hostage.” The fact is the Republican-led House has passed legislation to provide additional funding to replenish FEMA’s disaster relief fund; the Democrat-controlled Senate has not yet acted on this or any bill to do so.
And Republicans have made clear that Americans affected by these disasters will certainly get what they need from their federal government:
- On a tour of earthquake damage in his Virginia district, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) made clear that Congress “will find the monies” to assist victims in Mineral, Virginia.
- House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) and Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee Chairwoman Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) made clear the House has done its job to boost FEMA’s resources for ongoing recovery and future disasters.
The Republican-led House has already passed – with Democrat support – another billion dollars in emergency disaster relief in a fiscally-responsible way. Senate Democrats have thus far failed to act. Here’s the details:
- The House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill by voice vote that provided an additional $1 billion in emergency funds to FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund for fiscal year 2011. The spending was offset by a reduction in the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.
- The full House of Representatives passed the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which includes additional money to replenish the FEMA disaster fund, on June 2nd. The Senate has thus far failed to act on that legislation.
Helping Americans impacted by natural disasters in a fiscally-responsible way is neither new nor novel. Even former President Bill Clinton did it. For example:
- In May of 1999, Congress and President Clinton enacted legislation that included emergency spending for farm disasters and “unmet” disaster needs from prior natural disasters and $2 billion in offsets.
- In May of 1998, Congress and President Clinton enacted legislation that included disaster relief for tornadoes, flooding, and ice storms and $2.5 billion in offsets.
- In June of 1997, Congress and President Clinton offset disaster relief for the flooding in the Red River of the North, Minnesota River and tributaries.
- In July of 1995, Congress and President Clinton offset emergency funds for disaster assistance including the recovery from the Oklahoma City Federal building bombing.
When disasters and emergencies happen, Americans expect their government to respond appropriately and treat them as national priorities. They also expect their government to spend their dollars wisely, and to make efforts to prioritize and save when possible. Our focus should be on helping victims of these tragedies get the money they need, not on attempting to exploit them for partisan gain. Congress should come together, support efforts to help provide disaster assistance, and do so in a way that best serves all taxpayers and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the hurricane, flooding, and other disasters.
October 18, 2010
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May 28, 2010
King: “ACLU calls the shots at the Justice Department”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Steve King (R-IA) today called upon Attorney General Eric Holder to immediately make the DOJ’s “draft complaint” challenging Arizona’s immigration law public.
“President Obama has ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to use the Department of Justice in an attempt to invalidate Arizona’s illegal-immigration enforcement law,” said King.
“The ACLU, SEIU and the Muslim American Society are calling the shots at the Justice Department. The ‘draft complaint’ DOJ has prepared to challenge the Arizona law is a ‘cut & paste’ version of the class-action lawsuit the ACLU filed in United States District Court on May 17th.
No other conclusion could be reached unless Holder releases the Department’s ‘draft complaint.’ But when it becomes public, all of America will know what I know today. The ACLU and their radical affiliates are dictating the policy of the White House and the Department of Justice.”