McConnell on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’

Obamacare ‘is in a full-scale meltdown, so no action is not an option.’

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation this morning. The following are excerpts from his interview and the full interview can be viewed here:

On Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

“You have to both repeal and replace, and I think there ought not to be a great gap between the first step and the second. Bill Clinton said ‘it is the craziest thing he has ever seen’ - this is Bill Clinton, on Obamacare last year. Eight out of ten Americans either want it replaced entirely or significantly changed. I don't think anybody ought to think that the status quo is acceptable. If Hillary Clinton had been elected they would be revisiting Obamacare. It is in a full-scale meltdown, so no action is not an option.”

On President-elect Trump’s Cabinet Nominees

“What this is about, the Democrats are really frustrated that they lost the election. I was in Senator Schumer’s position eight years ago. I know how it feels when you are coming into a new situation that the other guys won the election. What did we do? We confirmed seven cabinet appointments the day President Obama was sworn in. We didn't like most of them either. But he won the election. So all of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration in having not only lost the White House but having lost the senate. I understand that, but we need to sort of grow up here and get past that. We need to have the president's national security team in place on day one.

On Russian Efforts to Intervene in the Presidential Election

The way to look at [President-elect Trump’s] attitude towards the Russians is look at the incoming national security leaders: General Mattis, General Kelly, Congressman Pompeo, Senator Coats. None of these are people who are in any way conflicted about the view that the Russians are not our friends and are a big problem.”


“I accept what the intelligence community has unanimously agreed to- that they were trying to affect the election. That they naively, in my view, thought that somehow they would be advantaged if Donald Trump were to be elected. I think that was a bad bet, and that it really in the end made no difference. There is no evidence whatsoever it changed the outcome of the election.”

Related Issues: Obamacare, National Security, Nominations, Cybersecurity