February 6th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
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Voinovich out of bipartisan stimulus talks

Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich has dropped out of bipartisan negotiations for an economic stimulus bill.
Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich has dropped out of bipartisan negotiations for an economic stimulus bill.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich has dropped out of bipartisan negotiations for an economic stimulus bill, a potentially ominous sign for President Obama’s top priority.

According to a Voinovich aide, following a meeting of Republican negotiators this afternoon in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office, Voinovich concluded that his “philosophical” differences with their approach is too great, and he can no longer support efforts at compromise, or the final bill.

The problem for Democratic leaders and the White House: they need two or three Republican votes to pass the stimulus bill - and only five, including Voinovich, have been involved in negotiations.

Even Susan Collins of Maine, the lead Republican in the effort, made clear to reporters as she left Reid’s office this afternoon that she didn’t feel as good as she had earlier.

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  1. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    President OBAMA needs to start calling out these states and the Republican districts which are the ones where the job losses are the greatest. Ohio, Maine, PA, and other states that have GOP senators except of course for OK, LA, IN, TN, SC and all these southern bigoted states AL, ID etc let them fend for themselves obviously their representatives prefer to give tax cuts and expect that will ensure the feds have money to reduce the national debts that Bush and the GOP created by cturning a 2 thrillion dollar surplus into a defacit, this is priceless for the GOP. The GOP isn't good at managing money!

    February 6, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. LIZ

    Hang in there! We love you for trying to do what is best for us average folks.

    February 6, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. TjayeInLA

    People need to get it through their heads that the Republicans refusal to work together is not a reflection on President Obama's attempts to work in a bipartisan manner. It's not his fault that they think bipartisan means "do it our way".

    February 6, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Sandy


    February 6, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Obama 2012


    February 6, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Eric

    Yeah!!!!! One more comes to his senses!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Good old republican IT MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY mindset.

    We tried YOUR way for the last 25 years.

    Change was voted in and change is NOT doing the same thing over and over.

    February 6, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. js

    These repubs amaze me,never heard a word from them when bush had the reins. Congress needs to act & STOP playing politics,do whats right for the people. remember we the people put you their & we can vote you OUT. We all would like to have your perks on taxpayers dollars,and this has been a real eye opener for most americans,be careful from now on with our money,drive your own cars,pay your own medical bills, pay for your own vacations,etc. etc. etc.
    You bailed out wall street (700billion) on a gop watch, but you wont help the folks who put you there????? DISGUSTED

    February 6, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. mary,florida

    Philosophical differences.Ya after the last 8 years there's a big difference.One Party got us in this mess and the other is trying to fix the mess.Anyways the democrats are bi-partisan,they can never agree in lock-step like the republicans.

    February 6, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Michiganian

    No they don't like it because it might actually work, and then Obama looks good and the obstructionist Congress looks like hacks, again.

    As long as Republicans insist that creating jobs (spending money to create jobs) is wasteful, how can they agree to anything? And since they have been skewered for handing over billions to the bankers without a conscience, they are reluctant to give money to anyone. The trouble is, without some government intervention, Americans are going to hold tight to their purse strings, and the recovery will take much longer. I have not spent one extra dollar in 6 weeks, and that will continue until the stock market gets to 9000, and the unemployment numbers get to 5% or under.

    February 6, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. No Money

    Good Voinovich you will be out of the senate come 2010.
    Bunch of losers

    February 6, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Independent_me

    The Republicans believe that "compromise" means "doing things our way".

    They don't know how to compromise. They are telling us that THEY know how to fix the economy... that is like the fox telling the chickens, "I know how to build a better henhouse"...

    I can't wait until 2010 so that there will be a solid Democratic majority!

    February 6, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Rick Sutter

    Just because Bush was wrong doesn't make Obama right. Our problems are due to the polarization of the two party system. Compromise between extremes does not produce good law.

    February 6, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Obama 2.0

    I apllaud the Republicans that have the tesiticular fortitude to do something and sign a bill. The others are fools and are playing stall tactictics, in the hopes that our new President fails. How about we stall their paychecks ad then see how fast they sign! They are playing politics and ALL of America is aware. I am neither a Democrat or a Republican and while i agree that Pelosi really screwd the pooch with her project, even after she told America NO PORK, She needs to step down. BUT, that doesn't give license to the Republicans to crap all over Americans that are hurting. They will pay, they will be voted out in a BIG WAY. The dumb Republicans and the Dumber Democrats. To the hell with party politics.

    February 6, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. LONGV

    There is no place for dictatorship, in this country.

    February 6, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. steve

    What a shock. Gutless wonder Voinovich once again buckling to the right-wingers who control his party. His legacy is now pretty solid. Talks like a moderate, walks in lock step with the far right of his party, and has no problem putting partisan politics above the needs of the country. What a waste of a Senate seat.

    February 6, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. EVOLVE


    February 6, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. independent with a small i

    Exactly Independent_me. And we're all carefully watching what the Republicans are doing, or more to the point NOT doing and taking note of their obstructionist non-partisan stance. It's becoming apparent that we need that 60 total in the senate. So there's a few Republicans that will need to be voted out in 2010.

    February 6, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. independent with a small i

    correction: their obstructionist PARTISAN stance.

    February 6, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Daisy

    Glad Voinovich is going to retire at the end of his current term...he has done little for Ohio which is one of the states really suffering in the economic crisis...he has always been..."...if it's not my idea...I will not support it" which is what the Repugs are showing now...they hate anything that is not their idea!

    February 6, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. Bridgette

    What makes me angry with them is with the exception of tax cuts they have come up with no other ideas. The tax cuts don't work and I don't understand what part of that is not clear to them. That other things need to be done. They had no intentions of working with Barak or any other Democrat. That is why next year we have to get and really vote the rest of them out of office. Because if Rush Limbaugh tell them to do something then they will do it. The Republicans are proving that they are not for what's best for the country, but, just what's best for them. This is ridiculous and it is time to stop playing with them. Let's get them out.

    February 6, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Willy Brown

    Another Ohio RINO. Retire already George!

    February 6, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Rick Sutter

    The Democrats believe that "compromise" means "doing things our way".

    They don't know how to compromise. they are telling us the THEY know how to fix the economy... that is like the fox telling the chickens, "I know how to build a better henhouse"...

    I can't wait unti 2010 so that there will be a Republican majority!

    February 6, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Joe

    maybe Voinovich should do the job he was elected for rather than leave the party like a spoiled child that didn't get the piece of cake he wanted

    February 6, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. NoMcSame

    He voted to send money to Iraq but can't vote to give money to the people that voted him in. Go figure. That's a ReThuglican for ya. Vote him out next time. Obama08-16.

    February 6, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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