WASHINGTON, March 15, 2013 — Before Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) came on stage at CPAC 2013, staffers brought out a stack of paper about seven feet tall, towering over McConnell’s head. McConnell began by gesturing toward the “monument to liberalism,” the 20,000 pages of regulations contained in the health reform law known as “Obamacare.”
On Thursday in the Senate, McConnell claimed, “Every single Republican voted to defund Obamacare.” The problem is not over yet, however, as McConnell argued, “Obamacare should be repealed, root and branch.” Continously pointing to the tower of regulations next to him, he referred to it as an “assault on liberty.” It truly is the “symbol of what we’re fighting against,” he claimed.
Republicans have the upper hand because they are not “beholden to special interests,” claimed McConnell. Focusing on the Constitution is a stronger foundation than labor unions.
“Societies may change. Demographics may shift. But the principles that make up a free and prosperous society never will. And conservatives? We own these principles.”
It’s time to take action, said McConnell. “Pick up the gauntlet, my friends, and run!”
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