McConnell Says Obama’s Agenda Is “Over” At Lincoln Days Dinner

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda is “over.” McConnell spoke to hundreds of Republicans at a Lincoln Day dinner in Louisville Saturday night.

Senator McConnell says since November, President Obama–in an effort to reinvent himself as a moderate–has been engaged in a series of “Clintonian back flips.” And McConnell says he appreciates the voters sending more Republicans to Washington.

“Now we have control of the House of Representatives. We have 47 in the Senate and for some of you who are disappointed in that, it takes 60 votes to control the Senate. The legislative agenda of Barack Obama is over.”

But McConnell says Republicans are prepared to do business with Mr. Obama, “if the president’s willing to do what Republicans think needs to be done.” And McConnell says he’s waiting to see how many Democrats are willing to join the Republicans in cutting the national deficit.

Published by Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.