McConnell on ‘Special Report’ with Bret Baier

‘I think what we’re seeing here is full, socialism on display and in the Democratic primary for president.’

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier this evening to discuss the Senate Republican agenda, including the GOP’s fight against the Democrats’ socialist agenda. See below for highlights or click HERE to watch the full interview.


“It ought to be called ‘Medicare for None.’ Because as the set-up piece pointed out, 180 million Americans would lose their private health insurance, that many of them have negotiated for at work. Medicare itself -- that current recipients have been paying into all these years -- would be completely drained by adding all of these additional people. You want to turn America into a socialist country? This is the first step.

“That, coupled, of course, with the Green New Deal, which would eliminate a whole lot of jobs. I think what we’re seeing here is full, socialism on display and in the Democratic primary for president. And even those who are skeptical about it like Senator Klobuchar are saying a public option. Well, that is not much different because if you have a public option, I guarantee the public option would also drive all the private insurance companies out of business.

“So look, this is a prescription for turning America into a western European country.”


“Personnel is important. Two Supreme Court Justices, 30 circuit court judges, the most in the first two years of any administration in history. We've done seven more circuits now, that’s 37. We have 53 district judges backed up, these are lifetime appointments that are going to make a huge impact on the country in the future. Now that we have modified the rules in a way that will allow us to expedite these appointments, we are going to do all of the district judges. That is not unimportant. That is going to have the longest impact on the country of anything we do.”


“We desperately need some immigration legislation. The president is entirely correct about the crisis at the border and the fact immigration laws do not allow us to deal with the crisis at the border. I would hope that finally after years of gridlock on this – and by the way, it’s important to point out that in 2009 and 2010 when the Democrats controlled the entire government they never brought up immigration reform, never, when they owned it. It is finally time for us to step up and not only solve the crisis at the border, but do some changes to immigration laws that are sensible.”

Related Issues: Homeland Security, Nominations, Supreme Court, Health Care, Immigration, Senate Democrats, Judicial Nominations