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Believe It or Not, Mitch McConnell Once Advocated for Affordable Healthcare

From Tonic at Vice.com:

Back in 1990, he was running for re-election in Kentucky against Harvey Sloane, a physician and Democrat. Sloane was a credible challenger, and McConnell cut a campaign ad that put healthcare front and center.

“When I was a child and my dad was in World War II, I got polio. I recovered, but my family almost went broke,” he said, over black-and-white pictures of the McConnell family. “Today, too many families can’t get decent, affordable health care. That’s why I’ve introduced a bill to make sure healthcare is available to all Kentucky families, hold down skyrocketing costs, and provide long-term care.”

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When the Bill Was Obamacare, McConnell Favored Transparency, Legislative Process

“This is a very important issue. You know, we shouldn’t try to do it in the dark. And whatever final bill is produced should be available to the American public and to the members of the Senate, certainly, for enough time to come to grips with it… And we are going to insist — and the American people are going to insist — that it be done in a transparent, a fair and open way.”

— Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by NBC News on October 2, 2009, nearly three months before passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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McConnell: White House ‘Drama’ Deflecting GOP Agenda

“I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on the agenda.”

— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in an interview with Bloomberg.

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Mitch McConnell Fears Elizabeth Warren

“I’ve spoken to him, but he has not spoken to me. I say hello to Mitch every chance I get, and he turns his head.”

— Sen. Elizabeth Waren (D-MA), quoted by the Boston Globe, noting how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has given her the cold shoulder.

Poetic Justice

Who’s Got the Button?

Go nuclear!” said the Trump to McConnell,
If his SCOTUS choice the Democrats do throttle.
With bravado and bluster —
Poof! No more filibuster!
Let’s just hope Trump doesn’t lead by example.

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McConnel Offers No Comment on Presidential Election

If you’re interested in the presidential election, you might as well get up and leave, because I don’t have any observations to make on that.

— Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by the Lexington Herald Leader, to an audience in his home state.

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Reid Suggests that GOPers Who Support Trump Agree with His Views on Women

When they get together, they can talk about their policies about being anti-woman. Since Sen. McConnell has so enthusiastically embraced Trump, we can only assume he agrees with Trump’s view that women are dogs and pigs.

— Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, quoted by Roll Call.

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Cruz Maintains McConnell Lied to Him

Every word I said there is true and accurate. No one disputed a word I said. The reaction in the Senate is how dare you say that out loud? They’re not upset that somebody lied to them!

— Sen. Ted Cruz, doubling down “on an accusation that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lied to him, all the while insisting that he would work well with congressional leadership,” NBC News reports.

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Cruz Refuses to Apologize to McConnell

If the Washington lobbyists want to see that happen, they can hold their breath a long, long time.

— Sen. Ted Cruz, saying that an apology for calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar “ain’t gonna happen,” The Hill reports.

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McConnell: There Will Be No Government Shutdown

Yeah, we’ll fund the government. I can’t tell you what will finally end up in or out of a government funding bill, but I can tell you without fear of contradiction there will be no government shutdown.

Roll Call reports.