McConnell expands on 'political priority' remarks, but not on health care goals

11/01/2010 07:08 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell defended his statements to the National Journal, saying that it should be the Senate Republicans’ top political priority to help elect a like-minded president.

The publication quoted McConnell last week as saying “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” That touched-off criticism from Democrats who moved to blame McConnell and Republicans for being overly partisan to the detriment of passing public policy.

McConnell dismissed the criticism as a diversion by the Democrats. He told cn|2 Politics on Saturday that just like President Barack Obama’s main political goal is to be re-elected Republicans should be looking to get one of their own into the White House in order to affect policy.

He said that’s a political goal. The top goals the Republicans have for the country he said is to address “the spending and debt.”

McConnell also said he and Republicans will push for the repeal of the health care law Congress passed in March and will “replace it with something else.”

But when it comes to what to replace it with, McConnell was less forthcoming:

- Ryan Alessi


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