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Republican senator picks post-election fight with U.S. President

English.news.cn   2010-11-05 10:12:55 FeedbackPrintRSS

By Matthew Rusling

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- And so it begins.

After two years of bickering between Congressional Democrats and Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated that what many decry as Washington' s partisan tone is far from over.

In fact, it may just be getting started.

In a speech from Washington on Thursday, the senator called for the ousting of U.S. President Barack Obama.

"The fact is, if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill; to end the bailouts; cut spending; and shrink the size and scope of government, the only way to do all these things is to put someone in the White House who won't veto any of these things," he said in a speech from Washington.

"We can hope the President will start listening to the electorate after Tuesday's election. But we can't plan on it," he said.

While a humbled Obama on Wednesday took a conciliatory tone after Republicans took the House of Representative and nearly captured the Senate, it remains unknown whether the president' s stated willingness to cooperate will last.

Indeed, as the 2012 presidential elections loom, presidential candidates on the GOP side will appeal to what is likely a more conservative primary electorate and are less likely to cooperate with Obama, said John Fortier, fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Moreover, many incumbents who were voted out during Wednesday' s mid term elections were centrists.

Add to that some of the firebrand tea partiers that won in their districts, and you have a formula for a polarized Congress, some experts said.

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Editor: Xiong Tong
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