McConnell: Obama 'Demeans' Presidency

Friday, 10 Feb 2012 12:45 PM

By Dan Weil

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The White House plays dirty pool when it comes to political activity, says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He offered perhaps his harshest critique of President Barack Obama in remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, The Hill reports.
 
“The White House and its lieutenants have made an art form out of the orchestrated attack,” McConnell said. “They’ve shown they’ll go after anybody or any organization they think is standing in their way. These things demean the office of president. They corrode our democracy, and they need to stop.”
 
McConnell offered several examples: an order the administration issued during the healthcare debate to silence an insurance company; White House research on the tax records of political opponents; and plans by congressional Democrats to conduct hearings on Republican fundraising groups.
 
“For a president who spends so much time talking about fairness, there’s a serious shortage of it at the White House and among many of his closest allies,” McConnell said. “Again and again this administration has used the resources of the government itself to intimidate or silence those who question or oppose it, and reward their friends and punish their enemies.”
 
Democrats are trying to intimidate conservative campaign donors, McConnell said, citing the plans of Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to hold hearings on super PACs.

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