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March 3rd, 2013
11:25 AM ET

McConnell: No agreement to raise taxes

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday there is no agreement by Republicans to increase taxes.

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March 3rd, 2013
11:21 AM ET

Group targets McConnell's wife

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responds to a progressive group's comment about his wife.

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This Sunday...
March 1st, 2013
12:23 PM ET

This Sunday...

An Exclusive interview with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on his meeting with the President and whether Congress and the White House can come to an agreement to minimize the impact of the forced spending cuts.

White House Economic Director Gene Sperling joins us to discuss his dust-up with Bob Woodward, and on minimizing the political and economic fallout from Washington’s latest so-called “manufactured crisis.”

Speaking of lurching from crisis to crisis, much of what is happening in Washington right now has its roots in what some would call the perpetual campaign – members more interested in politicking than legislating. We’ll talk to the two guys responsible for electing Democrats and Republicans to Congress: Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

Plus, Stephen Moore from the Wall Street Journal, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, and Mark Zandi from Moody's Analytics on how Washington gridlock will affect the economy.

Watch it Sunday at 9am & NOON ET.

Filed under: Gene Sperling • Greg Walden • Mark Zandi • Mitch McConnell • Stephen Moore • Steve Israel • Susan Page
July 8th, 2012
11:10 AM ET

McConnell: "I'm not sorry I voted to confirm John Roberts"

Sen. Mitch McConnell said Sunday he is not "sorry" he voted to confirm Chief Justice John Roberts in light of his vote for healthcare last month.

McConnell: "I was extremely disappointed. The chief justice, however, did make it clear that the mandate is a tax."

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July 8th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

McConnell: 50-50 chance of gaining senate majority

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed on Sunday the odds of the GOP winning the senate in 2012 and addressed senate races in Massachusetts and Virginia saying, “we expect to win them both.”

Crowley: Sitting here today and looking at the landscape, do you believe you will be the majority leader next year?

MCCONNELL: 50-50. I think it is going to be a very close, competitive election. There are a number of places where we have opportunities for pickups, not many places where we have much chance of losing a seat. I think at the end of the day, we will have a very narrow Senate one way or the other.

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July 8th, 2012
11:02 AM ET

McConnell: This is the most "tepid" recovery

Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke about jobs and the economy, what he referred to as a “tepid recovery.”

McConnell: "We have got 41 straight months now of unemployment above 8 percent, 41 straight months. Candy, this is the most tepid recovery - if it is a recovery - from a deep recession in American history."

"The economy is just sputtering along and the reason for that, in my judgment, is because of what the administration chose to do: spend, borrow, pass this new ObamaCare law with its penalty tax in it, its mandate tax. All of this is slowing the economy down."

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This Sunday...
July 6th, 2012
04:18 PM ET

This Sunday...

Sunday exclusive #1: Arguably, nobody stands more to gain more from Mitt Romney’s success than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell He really wants that Senate Gavel, and he’s hoping a mobilized base will propel his party to the White House and a majority in the Senate.

Sunday exclusive #2: Obama Campaign Senior Adviser Robert Gibbs is here.  With four more jobs reports to go before the general election and a continuing battle over healthcare – Gibbs will tell us how President Obama plans to play it.  And the Independence Day holiday gives us a chance to talk about the battle for Independent Voters. A recent CNN/ORC poll found that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney leads President Obama 51% to 43% in 15 battleground states.

Friday’s so-so jobs report brought lots of press releases from both sides of the aisle, but it did little to clear up the confusion on the economy’s recovery. We’ll talk to Former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Mark Zandi, Chief Economist for Moody's Analytics about what the latest economic figures mean and how they will impact the 2012 race.  President Obama reacting to the jobs numbers said; “We’ve got to grow the economy even faster. And we’ve got to put even more people back to work. The problem is we’ve got a stalemate in Washington. This election is about how we break that stalemate.”  

Mitt Romney on the other hand said the President is to blame. “The president’s policies have clearly not been successful, in reigniting this economy, in putting people back to work, in opening up manufacturing plants across the country.”

And finally, we’ll talk to former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley about what he thinks needs to be done to “fix” Washington’s problems, putting people back to work, and his thoughts on the role of government.

Tune in Sunday at 9 a.m. & NOON ET. 

SOTU Sneak Peek for Sunday July 8, 2012
July 6th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek for Sunday July 8, 2012

There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories we are looking at this week.

Team Romney’s Mixed Messages: In an interview earlier this week, Mitt Romney’s senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom said that the GOP presidential nominee agrees with the Obama administration that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is a penalty, not a tax. “The governor disagrees with the ruling of the Court. He agreed with the dissent written by Justice Scalia that stated that the mandate was not a tax,” said Fehrnstrom in an interview with MSNBC. However, in a sit down interview with CBS, Romney said that the individual mandate is in fact a tax. “While I agreed with the dissent, that’s overtaken by the fact that the majority of the Court said it’s a tax and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There’s no way around that,” said Romney.

Independent Voters: As the driving force behind the race for the White House, Independent voters and swing states hold high stakes in the 2012 presidential election. With polls suggesting that last Thursday’s monumental Supreme Court health care ruling had no effect on how Independents feel about both President Obama and Mitt Romney, both candidates are aiming their political messages at unsure voters. “I want to work with anyone who believes we are in this together. I want to work with anybody who believes we’ve got to invest in our future,” said President Obama at a campaign even in Maumee, Ohio on Thursday. A recent CNN/ORC poll found that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney leads President Obama 51% to 43% in 15 battleground states.

April 1st, 2012
11:11 AM ET

Sen. McConnell not endorsing Romney

Sen. Mitch McConnell believes Romney will be an "excellent candidate" but does not feel the need to endorse him.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitch McConnell • Newsmakers • State of the Union
April 1st, 2012
11:08 AM ET

Who is to blame for high gas prices?

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) Minority Leader on why gas prices are so high, the 2012 elections, and Obama's policies.

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