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Senate GOP Leader: Party Must Explain Core Values; Senate Will Pass Stimulus Without GOP Votes

January 29, 2009

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Republican leader in the Senate, said today that he expected the economic stimulus bill to pass in the Senate without too many changes from the House bill — and with little if any Republican support.

He called the House vote on the stimulus on Wednesday an example of “bipartisan opposition.”  All House Republicans voted against the bill and they were joined by 11 Democrats.

McConnell said he applauded the president’s effort for bipartisanship but he said Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats didn’t make that a reality.

The Senator was interviewed by Neil Cavuto….

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After crushing defeats in back-to-back elections, the top Senate Republican warned Thursday that the GOP risks remaining out of power in the White House and Congress unless it better explains its core principles to woo one-time faithful and new loyalists.

By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer

“The results of the two recent elections are real, and so are the obstacles we face as a party,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Republican National Committee on Thursday. “My concern is that unless we do something to adapt, our status as a minority party may become too pronounced for an easy recovery.”

“The situation is challenging, but it’s far from irreversible,” McConnell added, a dash of optimism in an otherwise stark assessment of where the Republican Party went wrong as he provided a road map for how it can right itself.

Related:
 Stimulus: Will Some Republicans Join the President?

He spoke to Republicans gathered in Washington to choose the next national chairman; five candidates are trying to unseat former President George W. Bush‘s hand-picked RNC chairman, Mike Duncan of Kentucky. The vote is Friday.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200901
29/ap_on_el_ge/republicans

Related:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS
/01/29/preston.gop/index.html

Related:
http://rightmindedblog.wordpress.com
/2009/01/29/obama-still-wants-bi-
partisanship/

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