Last October, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confessed that his “single most important” objective was to make “President Obama to be a one-term president.” In an interview on Fox News Sunday this morning, host Bret Baier asked McConnell if his motivations in the midst of the debt ceiling negotiations are still to defeat Obama. McConnell reaffirmed that it is indeed his “single most important political goal” next year:
BAIER: I received an email with a list of quotes on it. Republican candidates and leaders saying that bad economic numbers help Republican chances in 2012…So how do you respond to those Democratic lines of attack?
MCCONNELL: Well, that is true. That’s my single most important political goal, along with every active Republican in the country. But that’s in 2012. Our biggest goal for this year is to get this country straightened out.
Despite admitting that political victory is his first priority, McConnell tried to clarify that defeating Obama doesn’t take precedence until next year. It’s disconcerting and irresponsible that McConnell thinks pressing national issues should ever take a backseat to defeating Obama.
McConnell also falsely asserted during the interview that, “Nobody is talk about not raising the debt ceiling.” Several prominent Republicans including Michele Bachmann are now saying they will not vote to raise the debt ceiling under any circumstance.