February 9th, 2009
09:01 PM ET
6 years ago

GOP: What bipartisanship?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The campaign arm of Senate Republicans wasted little time Monday night calling into question President Obama’s commitment to bipartisanship, and took a swipe at him for his stimulus proposal.

Even before Obama’s first primetime news conference came to a close, National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh released this statement:

“President Obama promised change and bipartisanship in Washington, but that’s not what Americans have witnessed in the crafting of this gargantuan spending bill. Despite his rhetoric tonight, President Obama cannot possibly be proud of the final result - a bloated, trillion dollar spending bill crafted in a partisan manner that represents the same wasteful Washington spending and will fall on the shoulders of future generations. Democrats rejected, out of hand, Republican efforts to work together to truly stimulate the economy and address the housing crisis. Unfortunately, this bill is not change, it’s more of the same and Senate Democrats will be held accountable for their growing record of fiscal irresponsibility.”

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soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. icharliem

    the only fiscal irresponsibility i have witnessed in the recent past is on the part of republicans whose administrations of this government have mushroomed the nation's debt with incomprehensible tax give-aways ... so please, you so-called "fiscally-conservative republicans" ... there's an oxymoron ..., you don't know how to manage the finances of this country anymore than you've led us to victory in any war you've administrated (Iraq or Vietnam) ... the only thing you're good at is financial shell games and ponzy schemes ... oh yes, one more thing, ripping off stockholders of their investments ... shoo shoo ... go away and be quiet ...

    February 10, 2009 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  2. Mark Ferbet

    This from the Party of Fiscal Irresponsibility? What do you call 12 years of Republican led congress, six of those years with a Republican President?

    The Republican Party has made little effort as a Party to come to the table and work on a compromise. They have sat back, made speeches, pointed fingers, and continued the same old Washington name calling.

    If the GOP wants to get their ideas in the bill, then they need to actually make an effort. Three Senators did. No House Reps. did. Let's see them actually do something besides blow more air out of their collective.......

    February 10, 2009 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  3. Hollister

    So Mark,
    What better ideas have you come up with than the stimulus package?
    I don't think there's anyone pleased about it. Especially President Obama. Sometimes it's a matter of choosing between a not-so-good idea and worse ideas.

    February 10, 2009 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  4. AE

    Same crap, different mouth.

    Republican bipartisanship – "We get what we want when we are the majority." and "We get what we want when we are the minority".

    Lincoln has to be rolling over in his grave at the thought that this is the best the Repulicans have to offer. Me thinks Lincoln would have abandoned his party a long, long time ago. What a shame to see the Grand ole Party become such an empty shell of itself. I guess that is what happens when you let the lunatics run the show.

    February 10, 2009 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  5. unimpressed american voter

    Note to Congressional Republicans: your dog and pony show does not impress me. Your political motives shine through very clearly. Enough of your old, stale ideas. You don't deserve to prevail. Your past policies have led us into this mess. I have no faith that you know what you're talking about. Sit tight on the money you've made for so many of your supporters. I hope you don't get to advocate for more unfair tax advantages, unfair labor policies and corporate malpractice. If your supporters had to live like most people do, you might actually understand why people like me have a hard time even watching Republican leaders speak these days.

    February 10, 2009 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Please sell crazy someplace else. The Republicans were completely at fault in getting us into this mess and now they've suddenly returned to being the party of fiscal responsibility? 'this bill is not change, it’s more of the same' Why was it OK when you did it?

    February 10, 2009 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  7. Sari

    So even after the whiny little Republicans have lost their much abused power and thrown us into an economic tailspin, they try to discredit the one plan that might do something to fix it?! Tax cuts don't work. In order for tax cuts to work, businesses and individuals need to actually be making taxable income- which they're not.
    The Republicans are just trying to turn the public opinion so that they can try to get more seats (and thus power) in 2010. I honestly don't think they care what happens to this country at all, just keeping their own deep pockets well lined.

    February 10, 2009 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  8. Mary

    Republicans need to get over it, and get out of the way, if your not part of the solution your part of the problem! Obama has coddled these idiots enough.

    February 10, 2009 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  9. No Hope Left

    The GOP is no longer looking out for the common man or the common good. So to save the usa we must remove the people from office, by force if we have to!

    February 10, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. tigerakabj

    The Republicans think we haven't been paying attention. Clinton left a trillion$ surplus and they blew it with 1.2trillion in tax cuts to the wealthiest who don't need it, and then started a war that didn't need to be fought, costing us over 600billion. Now they want to talk about fiscal responsibility? They are lucky Obama and the Democrats are talking to them at all, b/c they deserve to be in prison for the damage they have rained down on us.

    February 10, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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