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McConnell: ‘Nice Family Fight’ of Primaries Over, Time to Unify to Take Senate

GOPs tell Faith and Freedom Coalition a “hostile takeover” is coming to Washington.

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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July 1, 2014 - 12:01 am
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WASHINGTON – Republicans see the November midterm elections as an opportunity to take the nation on a different path and call for a new conservative message focusing on the problems of regular Americans.

During the latest convention of conservative activist Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C., Republicans confidently proclaimed that the GOP has an opportunity to turn back the past six years of President Obama’s administration in the midterm elections.

“There’s only one thing to be done in 2014…and that is to take back America by taking back the Senate,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said at a reception hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition at the U.S. Capitol.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the Republican Party is “poised” to win the Senate majority in the midterm elections.

“The most important thing we can do in November is to retire [Senate] Majority Leader Harry Reid,” he said.

“We’ve had a nice family fight in some of our primaries but after those primaries are over we need to unify and win in November,” he added later.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal prophetically declared that a “hostile takeover” was coming to Washington.

“I can sense right now a rebellion brewing amongst these United States, where people are ready for a hostile takeover of Washington, D.C., to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren,” Jindal said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference that brought thousands of evangelical Christians to the nation’s capital.

The conference featured most of the well-known Republicans considering a 2016 presidential run, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Republicans have heightened their criticism of the Obama administration and Senate Democrats, as both the midterm elections and the 2016 presidential election get closer. And many of the conference’s speakers did not fail to annunciate the ills they attribute to Obama and the Democrats.

McConnell said America is at a “crossroads” after six years under the Obama administration and its policies that have put the nation on a path to “Europeanization.”

“Big debt, big government, high taxes, big regulations…this is their agenda,” he said.

Cornyn echoed the same sentiment by telling those in attendance that “big government” policies have resulted in slow growth and high unemployment.

“The last six years we’ve had an experiment, and we know how the experiment has turned out. We have…higher taxes, more regulations, and abominations like Obamacare, which have created so much hardship and difficulty and have demonstrated that big government policies rarely deliver what they promise,” he said.

But other speakers chastised their fellow Republicans for not connecting with the poor and middle class, and delivered an appeal to put those Americans most affected by the recent economic downturn at the center of the conservative agenda.

Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, exhorted conservatives to “fight for those who need it the most.”

“In 2014, we’re going to have two economic growth rates. We’re going to see five percent economic growth for people in the top half of the economy, and we’re going to see zero percent economic growth for people in the bottom half,” Brooks said. “We are becoming two Americas and in the past five years, it’s been worse and worse to be on the wrong side of the privileged divide.”

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So now one who expects civility and ethics in the Republican primary process, and does not accept Democrat votes carrying the day in a Republican primary, paid for and encouraged with disgusting racist lies pushed by Leadership goons, one who does not accept this evil is a "purist". Go to hell.
16 weeks ago
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McConnell, McCain, Boehner and the rest of them had their shot under Bush. And after Mississippi, the gop is dead to me. I vote for conservatives, or I don't vote. The prospect of these clowns running things is no more comforting to me than the current situation.
16 weeks ago
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Anyone who believes putting McConnell, McCain, and Graham in charge of the Senate will change much of anything hasn't been paying attention.

They're a bunch of weaklings. When they aren't bowing to their Chamber of Commerce masters, they're bending over backwards to cave into Obama and liberal Democrats.

Seriously. It doesn't matter whether this iteration of the GOP wins or not. We'll have big government, crony capitalism, rampant corruption, and diminishing freedom either way.
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If this is the "New" Republican strategy, to screw your Republican opponents any way you can then they can count me out. After what they did in MS and then to have completely ignored it with no response except "Lets move on" they can go to hell. If I lived in MS and McDaniel does not prevail in the challenge to Cochran I would either not vote or vote for the Demorat. I have heard the voices of the "Win at all cost" crowd and I do not operate that way. With losers like McConnell, Cornyn, Graham, Cochran and McCain what difference will it make if we win the Senate? These guys have been in power so long that it isn't about us it's about them keeping their power.
15 weeks ago
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I live in Mississippi and believe both candidates have made themselves unelectable, if they leave Cochran on the ticket after cheating McDaniel voters won’t vote for him and if they remove him after a so called win and put McDaniel on the ticket Cochran voters won’t support him. The Dem’s have a real chance to win in Mississippi and it will sever the GOP a good lesson for trying to interfere with the race. I know I won’t be voting for Cochran.
16 weeks ago
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Can't agree on this...Cochran voters were not aware of the dirty democrat tactics untll after the primary was over. I tend to think many of them resent the use of democrats in their primary almost as much as McDaniels' voters do...and there is likely some buyers remorse.. They are much more lilkely to get onboard than conservatives will should this result stand. The GOP establishment has alienated conservatives nationwide over this scandal...not just in Mississippi. Truly a bonehead, short-sighted tactic.
16 weeks ago
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"Nice family fight?"

Is that what you call the overt criminal activity in Mississippi by Cochran to beat his "sibling"/"cousin" McDaniels?

Well, it looks to me as if y'all need to hold a little family council and kick Cochran out of the family for conduct unbecoming.
16 weeks ago
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If McDaniel goes for a write-in campaign, that is if he doesn't win his appeal,
I'll vote for him. Perhaps we'll be as lucky as that lady senator from Alaska. If he doesn't win, we won't be worse off at all. In fact, if it knocks Cochran out the box because the vote split, we still won't be worse off. And if McDaniel choses not to fight by write-in and stays home, I think I'll join him as well.
Then, we'll see.
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>>>"McConnell said America is at a “crossroads” after six years under the Obama administration and its policies that have put the nation on a path to “Europeanization.”

“Big debt, big government, high taxes, big regulations…this is their agenda,” he said.

Cornyn echoed the same sentiment by telling those in attendance that “big government” policies have resulted in slow growth and high unemployment."<<<

McConnell, Cornyn, and Boehner for all those 6 years have refused to fight to stop those very things that they are complaining about, and have declared war on those who want to fight.

I agree with nickel to some extent. I am not at the point where I can vote for all Republicans, because so many of them side with the Left over us. But definitely; if Boehner, McConnell, or Cochran are on your general election ballot, this is the time to vote for the Democrat or leave the ballot spot blank. If they are not on your ballot, send a token contribution to their Democrat opponents.

The only way we can convince the Institutional Republicans that there is a cost to crossing constitutional conservatives, is to inflict that cost. It is impossible to remove them by primary now that they know that they can depend on their friends the Democrats to save them. So the only way to remove them is to replace them with a Democrat. It will either cause those remaining to come to their senses, or to formally change parties to match what they really believe. Either way is an improvement, because in the latter case, we will know how we really stand.

Subotai Bahadur
16 weeks ago
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I suggest we vote for all Republicans except for the direct members of the RINO leadership. Not one vote for McConnell or Boehner and let the chips fall where they will. Show them a little of their nice (sic) "family fight" by denying them our support in the General Election and see how they make out without Conservative or Tea Party support. Remember Mississippi.
16 weeks ago
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McConnell has a lot of nerve after what just happened, and the involvement of his RINO's, in Mississippi. I'll never condone voter fraud by either party.
16 weeks ago
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Unify? UNIFY?!? Somebody needs a good bitchslappin'.
16 weeks ago
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Brooks gets an F for his statement. Republicans should NOT fight for "those who need it most," but rather for liberty. Poverty worship is no better in Republicans than it is in Commun... er, Democrats.

As for all the complaints about Graham, McConnell, and McCain... yeah, we hear you. But, you know, there's not a single Republican who would be worse than a Democrat in the same seat. The primaries are over. Take the senate, and then pick two or three of the worst to replace in two years.

I'm sick of my side failing to keep our powder dry and spreading ourselves so thin that the left can run through us like the damn Maginot line.
16 weeks ago
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Cochran needs to go now and it's up to McConnell and his cronies to
draw a picture for the corrupt idiot.
16 weeks ago
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Nope.
Time for the GOP-E to pay the price for their treachery.
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