Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 15, 2013
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on his fellow Republicans to embrace libertarianism and younger voters during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this morning.
He praised his fellow senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, for the talking filibuster he led on the Senate floor last week. McConnell, who participated at the end of the filibuster, called Paul “a perfect example” of an emerging leader that we need to embrace.
“He is a warrior, and we need more warriors” in Congress, McConnell said of Paul. “Rand reminded the world that politics isn’t just about tactics.”
McConnell also spoke about how the GOP “is the party of the future,” noting that the presidential ticket for 2016 “is shaping up to look like a rerun of the [1980s TV show] ‘Golden Girls‘.”
“We’ve got Rand Paul, we’ve got Marco Rubio, we’ve got Paul Ryan and a slew of young and energetic governors,” he said. “And the other guys – they’ve got Hillary and Joe Biden!”
The crux of McConnell’s speech, however, revolved around the need to repeal Obamacare, even bringing a printed copy of the 20,000-page bill on stage with him. He argued that the fight to repeal Obamacare isn’t over, despite Obama’s victory last fall and the Supreme Court upholding the law last summer.
In fact, he considers the fight to repeal Obamacare the primary reason Republicans need to win back the Senate in 2014, and called on establishment Republicans and conservatives to come together to win this fight.
“This law is a disaster. Anybody who thinks we’ve moved beyond it is dead wrong. Obamacare should be repealed root and branch. And I want to let you know that we’re not backing down from this fight,” he said.
He also discussed the struggles that his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, faced when she came to the United States from China at the age of eight.
“My wife is an American success story,” he said. “She worked hard her entire life pursuing a dream, and she achieved that dream. It’s one of the principle reasons I fell in love with her, and it’s the main reason she’s a conservative.”