McConnell: Working With Clinton Easier Than Obama

Friday, 07 Oct 2011 07:52 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says it was easier to deal with former President Bill Clinton than President Barack Obama because Clinton was more interested in moving to the political center and making progress.

“President Obama, at least so far, has pretty much clung to the political left, as if he needed to motivate his own very liberal supporters,” the Kentucky Republican told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday night.

McConnell did concede, however, that Obama “inherited a tough situation.” But he said the president “has made it worse” by not working more closely with Republicans. Describing Obama, “as a very, very liberal guy,” McConnell said the president, should follow Clinton’s example and move to the center “to make progress on a bipartisan basis.”

“Instead, he’s advocating bills that have no chance of gaining Republican support,” McConnell added. “And many of them … don’t even have united Democratic support. So, he’s advocating things that are bipartisan all right; they’re bipartisanly opposed up here.”

McConnell pointed to Obama’s difficulty in getting full Democratic support behind his new jobs plan, which the Republican leader said is just another stimulus package doomed to failure.

“And it shouldn’t pass because … this is about playing class warfare and launching a political campaign, not about creating jobs,” he said.

McConnell, however, said Republicans are still open to working with Obama on other issues. But he was quick to note they don’t include spending, borrowing or taxing.

“We need to send … a message that we're through spending, through borrowing, through over-regulating and through threatening to raise taxes,” McConnell said. “That is the way you incentivize the private
sector to get going again.”

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