McConnell: 'Where's the leadership?'

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) charged Sunday that the White House is not serious about reaching a budget agreement with Republicans.

"Our national debt is now the size of our economy," McConnell said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "We're begining to look a lot like Greece ... this is the time to get serious."

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But the Senate GOP leader said that after many conservations with President Obama and Vice President Biden, who was tapped to negotiate a deal with Republicans but leaves Sunday on a five-day trip to Finland, Russia and Moldova, he was not convinced that the White House indeed ranked coming to an agreement to extended funding past March 18 as a priority.

"Where's the president?" McConnell said. "Where's the leadership?"

He said that negotiations up to this point had only put the White House about "one sixth" of the way toward Republicans' position on the budget.

"I was hopeful that we would step up to the plate here," he said of his talks with Obama and Biden. "I don't have any more complaints about more conversations with them. What I don't see is any willingness to do something that's difficult."

"...So far I don't see the level of seriousness that we need," McConnell added.


But also on CBS, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) lashed out at the GOP's budget slashing as "reckless" and "dangerous," charging that their plan cuts "all the things we need to do to make America No. 1 again."

"It might even destroy our recovery," Kerry said. "I think it's a very dangerous plan."

McConnell had a short response to Kerry: "What planet is he living on?"

The GOP leader charged that the administration is "in denial about Social Security" and the need for other entitlement reforms.

"You step back and look at what this administration has done; they've sort of pumped up the government," McConnell said, adding that the federal government has added 100,000 jobs over Obama's term while the private sector has tanked.

"Our priorities are out of whack," McConnell said.