Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, R, says President Obama “crossed a dangerous line” this week by trying to “intimidate” the Supreme Court. The Senate Minority leader’s comments were made in Lexington Thursday as the nation awaits a decision by the highest court on the health care reform law.
“I would respectfully suggest the President needs to back off, back off, let the court do its work,” McConnell said during a speech before the Lexington Rotary Club.
McConnell called the President’s comments on Monday about the court’s review of health care “troubling.”
"He tried to intimidate it before the decision had been made and that should be intolerable to all of us,” McConnell said.
“Ultimately I'm confidant that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary step overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” President Obama said Monday.
“This is one big case and uh, I think his rhetoric was way out of bounds,” McConnell said.
McConnell wants the controversial law overturned. He says if the court upholds the law he will “be disappointed,” but “respect” the ruling.
"And then I'll continue to do everything I can to have this law repealed through the legislative channels that remain available,” McConnell told the business leaders.
Asked after the speech by a reporter if the president should apologize for his comments, McConnell said that’s for Obama to decide.
“Even though he’s trying to back track he still made a big mistake and he really should say something more about it,” McConnell added.