President Barack Obama’s campaign for a second term in office has essentially ground governing in the White House to a halt, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) told HUMAN EVENTS in an exclusive interview Thursday.
“Once they get the payroll tax holiday for another ten months, they basically don’t want to do anything else with us,” said McConnell, referring to negotiations between Republican and Democrat lawmakers to extend tax cuts for the middle class.
“And he’s not into governing. He may be serving what I hope is the last 10 or 11 months of his term, but the purpose has nothing to do with getting anything accomplished for the country — it’s all about the campaign,” McConnell said.
Asked if Obama was the most divisive president in modern American history, McConnell responded that he is “certainly the most divisive one I’ve served with.” McConnell has served in the Senate for 25-plus years.
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In a wide-ranging interview on Senate Democrat’s blockade to stall major pieces of legislation from becoming law, set to appear in an upcoming HUMAN EVENTS’ print edition, McConnell also addressed the negative impact President Obama’s campaign is already having on the country.
“None of this has anything whatsoever to do with accomplishing anything. It’s not having any positive impact on the country. This is all about the campaign,” McConnell said.
“Look, I don’t expect the president to never politick for re-election, but it never occurred to me to start a year and a half early. He started doing bus tours in North Carolina last summer — bus tours are what you do in the middle of a campaign,” McConnell said.
“And, it was all about demonizing people who’ve been successful, trying to make people who have been less successful envious of those who have been. And of course there is nothing liberals like more than taking your money and spending it the way they want to spend it. You know, the government doesn’t need any more money; we’re awash in revenue. The problem is we’re spending way, way, way, too much. He’s going to have over a trillion-dollar deficit every one of the four years he’s been in office,” McConnell said.