McConnell: We’ll will work with Obama if he acts like a Republican

By David Edwards
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 14:19 EDT
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) explained Wednesday that Republicans would be happy to work with President Barack Obama on “the really serious, seemingly intractable problems” as longer as he agreed to do things their way.

“If the president is willing to do what I and my members would do anyway, we’re not going to say no,” McConnell said at a breakfast hosted by Politico’s Mike Allen.

“But that’s not much of a concession,” Allen noted. “That’s not bargaining, to just give you what you want.”

“I like to think I’m a pretty good negotiator,” McConnell said.

Allen continued to press the Minority Leader, asking if he would be willing to grant any concessions to the president while negotiating a long-term solution to Social Security other divisive issues.

“It depends,” McConnell replied. “We can’t negotiate sitting here this morning.”

“I’m not surprised he won’t say what he’ll do on entitlements [in the State of the Union speech],” he added. “I wouldn’t either. So it’s not so much what he says tonight but what he’s willing to do.”

McConnell’s Wednesday remarks echoed comments he made after big Republican wins in November.

“If the administration wants cooperation, it will have to begin to move in our direction,” he said following the midterm elections.

In October, McConnell told the National Journal that “[t]he single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

This video is from C-SPAN 2, broadcast Jan. 25, 2011 and uploaded by Think Progress.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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