Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Louisville, Ky., Monday, July 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke) (Ed Reinke - AP)
WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement Wednesday that challenged President Obama to “deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office.”
“To the extent he wants to move to the political center, which is where the work gets done in a divided government, we’ll be there to meet him half way,” the Republican senator from Kentucky said in the statement he released on Obama’s re-election.
“That begins by proposing a way for both parties to work together in avoiding the ‘fiscal cliff’ without harming a weak and fragile economy, and when that is behind us, work with us to reform the tax code and our broken entitlement system. Republicans are eager to hear the President’s proposals on these and many other pressing issues going forward and to do the work the people sent us here to do,” McConnell said.
McConnell, who in 2010 spoke of making Obama a one-term president “the single most important thing we want to achieve,” congratulated the president on his re-election victory and offered thanks to Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan “for running a great campaign based on concrete solutions to the tremendous economic challenges we continue to face.”
“The American people did two things: they gave President Obama a second chance to fix the problems that even he admits he failed to solve during his first four years in office, and they preserved Republican control of the House of Representatives,” McConnell’s statement said. “The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the President’s first term, they have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together with a Congress that restored balance to Washington after two years of one-party control.
“Now it’s time for the President to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely-divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office,” he said.
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