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August 29, 2015

McConnell Responds to Cruz on Debt Limit, Takes Credit for Avoiding Default

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Responding to sharp criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he voted to protect the country from default when he cast the decisive vote advancing the suspension of the debt limit this week.

“My job is to protect the country when I can, and step up and lead on those occasions when it’s required,” McConnell told reporters at a campaign event in Kentucky on Friday. “That’s what I did.”

McConnell said the Senate had only two choices after House Republicans were unable to coalesce around any strategy for attaching policy provisions to the debt limit hike: “a clean debt ceiling in the Senate or default.”

But before and after Wednesday afternoon’s contentious cloture vote that saw six GOP senators switch their votes, Cruz argued that if Republicans held firm, the Democrats would be forced to the bargaining table, despite insistence by Democrats on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue that they would not negotiate a “ransom” over the full faith and credit of the United States.

McConnell touted his role as a problem solver in Washington, D.C.

“Every time we’ve been confronted with a potential crisis, the guy you’re looking at is the one who’s stepped up to solve the problem, whether it was the fiscal cliff deal at the end of 2012 when everybody’s taxes were going up, whether it was last October and the 16th day of the government shutdown, or … when it was clear that we needed to produce enough procedural votes to get to a debt ceiling vote in order to avoid a default,” McConnell said Friday, as WHAS-TV in Louisville reported.

WHAS has also posted raw video of McConnell’s brief news conference.

McConnell certainly has a track record as the Republican who steps in to make a deal in times of crisis, even if the circumstances in the chamber made it look like McConnell was reluctant to reprise that role this week. Since casting the “yes” vote, he has faced a new round of criticism from his Republican primary challenger, Matt Bevin, and the outside groups backing his effort.

The Kentucky Senate race is rated Leans Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

McConnell’s comments in Kentucky came one day after Cruz, the vice chairman for grass-roots outreach at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, torched fellow Republicans on conservative talk show host Mark Levin’s radio program, for trying to have it both ways on the debt ceiling vote. When it came time for final passage, the dozen GOP senators who voted to block Cruz’s filibuster attempt voted against the final bill.

“An awful lot of the Republicans wanted exactly what Barack Obama wanted … which was to raise the debt ceiling [without reining in spending], but they wanted to be able to tell what they view as their foolish, gullible constituents back [home] they didn’t do it and they’re mad because by [my] refusing to consent to that they had to come out in the open and admit what they are doing and nothing upsets them more,” Cruz said.

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  1. sleeve

    Feb. 15, 2014
    6:08 p.m.

    Deport the Canadian back to Alberta and he can pump tar sands.

    • beckdella

      Feb. 16, 2014
      11:19 a.m.

      Troll much anywhere else???

  2. Sally

    Feb. 15, 2014
    7:40 p.m.

    Not sure which one of those two is the bigger liar…I think it’s a tie. And no, Mitch, you proclaiming your leadership ability does not make it so. I am glad you stood up to the Canadian fool, though.

  3. beckdella

    Feb. 16, 2014
    11:19 a.m.

    Sally, you must not know Cruz….otherwise you you are the fool for following liberal talking points…Cruz is our only hope to bring the People back in charge…

    • wrigney

      Feb. 18, 2014
      3:13 a.m.

      Cruz has much LARGER goals…….like being Cuban President. American politics is just a stepping stone for his ultimate dream.

      • Nick

        Feb. 18, 2014
        7:58 a.m.

        Like Castro. That’s where he belongs.

  4. Layla

    Feb. 16, 2014
    1:25 p.m.

    The only thing McConnell can take credit for is two losing election cycles. Support the Senate Conservatives Fund and vote for candidates who will vote FOR AMERICA. We need jobs, not more spending, more welfare.

  5. wrigney

    Feb. 18, 2014
    3:14 a.m.

    McConnell is just showing he is not STUPID. Although, he’s a ruthless old snake, he’s not goofy, like Cruz.

  6. Alfred Neuman

    Feb. 18, 2014
    3:30 a.m.

    It works like this: We’re nice to them, then they try to kill us. We’re nice to them, then they try to kill us. We never claimed to be smart, we only claimed to be moderate Republicans..

  7. Alfred Neuman

    Feb. 18, 2014
    3:49 a.m.

    Masters McConnell and Boehner: Today’s lesson is on multi-party democracy.
    ‘Opposition party’ means parliamentary opposition is a form of political opposition to a designated government.
    ‘Opposition’ means resistance or dissent. OP-PO-SI-TION. OP-PO-SI-TION. Got it? No? Let’s try again.
    OP-PO-SI-TION. OP-PO-SI-TION.
    OP-PO-SI-TION. OP-PO-SI-TION.

    This is hopeless. Send in the next two idiots.

  8. John Kenner

    Feb. 18, 2014
    2:51 p.m.

    Medicare’s unfunded liability is around 43 trillion dollars – approximately $143,000 of liability for each US inhabitant.

  9. Bo Tye

    Feb. 18, 2014
    3:24 p.m.

    George W. Bush helped cut the Federal deficit by 49% between 2005 and 2007.

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    Feb. 19, 2014
    8:51 a.m.

    Here we find examples of the constant fear-mongering conjured up by our resident marxist agitator: http://youtu.be/WZd_er_PbNc?t=1m10s

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