McConnell Speaks to Paducah Rotary Club
By Bill Hughes
PADUCAH, KY - U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell was in Paducah Wednesday, where he spoke to members of the Paducah Rotary Club.
He thanked his constituents for the job they have elected him to do, and also spoke about the job his colleagues have given him for the last 6 years - Senate Minority Leader.
Calling himself "not exactly an unbiased participant in the American political process," McConnell then proceeded to give those in attendance his perspective on the political climate and the strategy of the ongoing Democratic convention.
"Imagine somehow through some mysterious process you've been chosen to lead a bunch of class president-types. They all have sharp elbows and big egos, and they all probably think they could do your job just as well as you. That gives you a sense of what my life is like on a weekly basis," McConnell quipped.
He then moved on to discuss the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.
"I'm not watching any of the Democratic Convention, I've watched baseball the last two nights. The reason I'm not is that I've heard all of this before," McConnell said.
He says the theme for this week's convention is to blame tsunamis in Japan, the debt crisis in Europe, rich people, Wall Street, Republicans in Congress, or George Bush. McConnell says Democrats will continue to paint Republican nominee Mitt Romney as Gordon Gekko, the character Michael Douglas portrayed in the movie Wall Street, who said "Greed is Good."
McConnell told the crowd that the goal is to tell America that it's not Democrats' fault, and it's not that bad.
"I thought when you accepted a job like this you were also supposed to accept responsibility for outcomes. Now, I know why they're not running on their record, because people don't like any of this. But this is a well-orchestrated effort to divert your attention away from measuring his performance over the last four years. I mean, you'd think he just showed up. Who's been President for the last four years?"
McConnell continued by saying that the November election will determine what we want to be like in the future. He says we can be a society pre-occupied by security, like Greece or other European countries, or we can have a society that is compassionate for those in need while being opportunistic, like generations before us.
He added that after the election, if he is setting the agenda for next year, job number one will be the repeal of Obamacare, because it is an essential first step to balancing the budget.