“We ought to attach something significant for the country to [Obama's] request to increase the debt ceiling. That’s been the pattern for fifty years, going back to the Eisenhower administration. I think it’s the responsible thing to do for the country. I think he’s the one being irresponsible by saying, ‘Oh, just raise the debt ceiling. We’re not going to do anything about the debt or anything else that’s important to the country.'"
We'll ignore McConnell's comments on major items being attached to debt ceiling hikes in the past (which is true, but not remotely close to what's going on right now because prior to 2011, no one threatened to default if their demands weren't met) as well as the minor detail that destroying the global economy by defaulting would probably count as being "irresponsible", and instead highlight something else he said in the same interview just moments later:
"We're never gonna default. The Speaker and I have made that very clear, we've never done that."And just like that McConnell admits that he won't shoot the hostage. Not the best way to go about extracting concessions from your enemies, Mitch.