Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., summed up Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate in seven succinct words:
“The only thing missing was the Cuban national anthem.”
The CNN debate promised socialism, the elimination of private health insurance and open borders, and saw celebrity spiritual advisory Marianne Williamson, who spoke of a “dark psychic force” controlling the country, emerge as the most talked-about candidate.
There was also plenty of talk about moderate Democrats and radical left Democrats, but Kennedy wasn’t buying into it, given that what the alleged moderate candidates were pushing.
“I’m not buying the storyline of progressives versus moderates,” the GOP senator said during an appearance on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom. “I would remind you that the lesser of two socialists is still a socialist.”
“And what I heard last night, even from so-called less liberal candidates — I’m not impugning their integrity. Even from the less liberal candidates, I heard a job-killing, soul-crushing socialist agenda.”
And that’s when he dropped the money quote: “The only thing missing was the Cuban national anthem.”
Calling it the “same old stuff,” Kennedy said the 2020 election will give the country a clear choice between two distinct options.
“At the rate my Democratic friends are going, the American people will have a stark choice in this election,” he said. “It will be growth versus redistribution. It will be, do you believe in more freedom or more free stuff?”
“And my Democratic friends want to pay for that more free stuff out of your bank account,” Kennedy added.
The Republican lawmaker was in the news recently when Trump tweeted a quote from Kennedy calling the “squad” of four radical freshman Democrats “whack jobs” who are “destroying” their party.
Kennedy tagged the hard-left quartet “the four horsewomen of the Apocalypse,” saying “they’re the reason there are directions on a shampoo bottle.”
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., with the help of President Trump, is whipping up support for a massive $2.7 trillion budget deal that will effectively mark the end of austerity measures ushered in during the tea party days.
Looking to set up a vote Wednesday before skedaddling for a five-week recess, efforts to stave off defections are taking precedent and Kennedy is one of those opposing the spending bill.
Kennedy told Fox News host Bill Hemmer the bill will likely pass, but McConnell is taking no chances of encountering a surprise.
“Given the realities of divided government, it is a strong deal that achieves my Republican colleagues’ and my No. 1 priority: Continuing to invest seriously in rebuilding the readiness of our Armed Forces and modernizing them to meet the challenges of today,” McConnell said in an interview with CNN. “The Trump administration has negotiated their way to a major win on defense. The House has passed the compromise legislation. The President is ready and waiting to sign it.”
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