LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama's legislative agenda "is over" and that Congress must act now to make deep cuts in federal spending.
The Kentucky Republican told a GOP gathering in Louisville on Saturday night that Obama is doing "Clintonian back flips" in trying to portray himself as a moderate.
McConnell said it's unclear whether the president's new tone is "rhetoric or reality."
He said many Republicans are "prepared to do business" with the Democratic president, but that Obama's credentials on spending and the deficit are "horrible."
McConnell said cutting federal spending won't be painless but has to be accomplished. McConnell's comments come weeks after he worked with the president to push through an extension of Bush administration tax cuts, including for top-earners.
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