McConnell leads GOP counter-attack against START pact
December 19th, 2010
03:59 PM ET

McConnell leads GOP counter-attack against START pact

Senate Republicans mounted a counter-attack Sunday against ratifying a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia this year, trying to put off a vote that Democrats say they will win if it is held.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky led the way, telling CNN's "State of the Union" that members of his party need more time to consider the START accord.

"I've decided I cannot support the treaty," McConnell said in his first outright rejection of ratifying the treaty during the current lame-duck session of Congress.

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  1. WILLARD BULLOCK

    AMERCIA NEVER KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AGAINST START PACT SO CONEGRESS WILL CHARGE AGAINST BIEN OR KERRY ABOUT START PACT

    December 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    this whole thing seems like a big waste of money anyways. who cares how many missles they have? like they would really use them.

    all these talks and stalls on talks are just a way to have more steak dinners and waste taxpayer-money.

    December 19, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    We spend more on the manufacture and export of weapons than we do on Congress argueing about START. The profits from these sales are not counted along with what makes up our GDP(gross domestic product) The only single item we spend more on than making weaponry is drugs. in fact we spend more on drugs (pharmaceuticals and street drugs) than we do on national defense. (look that up for us Protoman)

    December 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. T

    These gravely device should be fraced illegal for any country to keep or make. Spend money educating and respecting ppl the lives we are alway eager to destroy without empathy. end making war for profits. If u cant help it kill one of ur own and ull know how it feel when we kill others and think its a way of population control and profit making. Life is sacret. Golden rules.

    December 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    @T: Huh...???

    December 19, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. really?

    First off: Willard, you made so sense whatsoever.

    Second,the treaty (if you have been following it) was passed by the House months ago, so why the further delay tactics by the Senate Minority Leader now?

    Lastly, to Ruffnut )ruffballs) comments- the recent 900 biliion dollar tax package recently passed was supposed to target jobs, wasn't it? You're right, why have missile defends? Who really needs jobs if our country got bombed and destroyed. Jobs would then be a moot point.

    December 20, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jack Robinson

    Why would any senator ignor the recommendations to approve the START TREATY by the last 6 administration's Secretary of Defenses....this is beyond reason and counter productive to our security.

    December 20, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    Maybe they should just call it the END TREATY and be done with it? he-he

    December 20, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. WILLARD BULLOCK

    KICK OUT OF TREATY

    December 20, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. MichiganChet

    The latest manoever from a corrupt liar who does not scruple to put political advancement ahead of national security.

    December 20, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Richard in Texas

    To repeat myself. First priority of the republicans in office is not the American public. It is to make President Obama a 1 term president.

    December 20, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. WILLARD BULLOCK

    PRESDIENT OBAMA ARE TOO MUCH RISK KEEP DANGEROUS

    December 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. p

    the start treaty is very important because if one of the terrorist groups obtain one of those nukes and use it against us it would be 100x's worst than 9/11. try and educate yourself on the facts

    December 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. HypocrisyBites

    But isn't the GOP the party of national defense? Remember they overwhelmingly voted the Defense appropriations act even with DADT repeal language in it? Oh wait, they didn't. They voted overwhelmingly to help pay health care costs for the responders of the GOP's pet argument 9/11. Oh wairt, they voted not to help them. We have a treaty that'll help account for weapons in a vulnerable part of the world, surely they'll support...they said WHAT?

    December 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. T

    banasy, i met to say if you think it ok to kill; then it better you go home ans start killing your own family. Don't go killing other people for your own enrichment and say its ok for whatever justification you have.

    December 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
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