Transcript: Sens. McConnell and McCaskill

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you don't believe that the Republican Party in Congress has to make any course corrections right now?

MCCONNELL: Well, we're going to offer alternatives. We have been all year. We're going to offer alternatives on the health care debate. The American people will have a chance to see that there is a choice, and that will be important going into next year's election.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And finally, do you believe in the end that you're going to be successful, or is the president going to get what he wants this year?

MCCONNELL: Well, look, I'm not going to predict the outcome. What I do know is that all the nervousness is on the Democratic side. You saw that last week, and with 13 Democratic defections on this effort, to do this Medicare reimbursement issue without paying for it, by sending the bill to our grandchildren, we know there is nervousness among Democrats over this increasing view that Congress is acting like a teenager with their parents' credit card, not worried about who's going to have to pay the bill.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Before I let you go, let me ask you a question about the swine flu. The president declared late Friday night a national emergency to give the federal government more power to deal with the spread of the H1N1 virus. Are you comfortable with that declaration? And is there anything more Congress can or should be doing?

MCCONNELL: Well, the administration tells us that we've given them all the authority and all the money they need. So if they need anything additionally from Congress, I know we'll be happy to provide it, on a totally bipartisan basis.

STEPHANOPOULOS: OK, Senator McConnell, thanks very much for your time this morning. Let me now bring in Democrat Claire McCaskill from Missouri. Senator McCaskill, I knew the second that swine flu came out of my mouth instead of H1N1, you'd be down -- you'd be jumping down my throat, so I apologize in advance for that...

MCCASKILL: I was thinking about my hog farmers.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I knew you were.

On this national emergency, we do know that your hog farmers, though, are going to be coming in for more scrutiny. Do you agree with Senator McConnell that the Congress is prepared to give the president anything more he asks for, and do you believe specifically is there anything more he should be doing right now?

MCCASKILL: No, I think that they've done a very effective coordinated effort within the Obama administration on the H1N1 virus. I think we are better prepared for this than, frankly, most of us anticipated when this surfaced a few months ago, and I think Congress is ready to give him any additional help. I think everyone -- one of the reasons we have so many more people going to the doctor for flu symptoms is because we've done such a good job with public awareness.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's turn to the issues -- the broader issue of health care. You heard Senator McConnell there. You were one of several Democrats to actually vote against this plan to relax the cuts to -- Medicare cuts to doctors this week, because it wasn't paid for. So how are you going to solve that as this goes forward in broader health care reform?

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