February 9th, 2009
09:01 PM ET
2 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. Proud Democrat who is against this Stimulus

    Before we give out any more money we should have something in WRITING that ensures this won't be a repeat of the bank bail out.

    This is OUR MONEY and since WE will be paying for it we deserve ALL the details before any more of out money is committed to any Stimulus Bill.

    By the way all this complaining by President Obama about the Bush Administration is starting to make him sound like he is only President of the Democrats and not the Republicans and Independents.!

    Additionally the OBAMA administration is making the same mistakes the BUSH administration made by spending like a bunch of impulsive teenagers.

    So get a grip, get a plan, provide us with the details and stop THROWING OUR MONEY OUT THE WINDOW.

    We will support a stimulus if it is the right one!

    February 9, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. TjayeInLA

    President Obama has extended his hand to the Republicans. Their refusal to work together doesn't mean that HE broke HIS promise. Republicans need to understand that bi-partisan does not mean just do it THEIR way.

    Geesh!

    February 9, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. twiddly

    Republicans had it their way for 8 years, and look where it got us.
    Let's have the Democrats do it their way for a few years and see what happens.

    All the republicans can say is 'tax cuts for the rich', which is what has already been tried, and failed miserably.

    February 9, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. blurb

    Brian Walsh, in-between the lines: "We didn't get all the tax cuts we wanted. We don't HAVE ANY OTHER IDEAS, btw."

    February 9, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Amber

    The campaign arm.

    I just got my pay cut by 1/3.

    I could give a $#!+ about what the Campaign Arm of the GOP party has to say about anything unless it is how I can get my hours/pay back.

    February 9, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. wildflower

    Walsh clearly wasn't listening.

    February 9, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  7. S Callahan

    Listen, enough of the down talking crap....four or more Presidency's , maybe more, led us to this point...both parties holding responsiblity...and the citizens as well for not demanding more.

    Now we demand things get done....and it is going to be painful.
    Had you kept your television on you would have heard the President tell you that now is not the time to be divided because of your personal aspirations in Washington (or election in home state).

    You don't have to sell your soul to be a team member..somewhere alone the way both parties have lost sight of this.

    February 9, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Bill

    Sounds like sour grapes to me... he didn't do what they wanted, so it's not bi-partisan. Excuse me, that's the same old junk we've been hearing for years... it's obvious he DID reach across the aisle, but all he got was childish behavior. It's not a perfect plan, but for God's sake GOP... the American people want action NOW. No more political haggling to achieve the "Perfect" plan that NOBODY will ever agree on.. get something DONE!

    February 9, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. Slacko

    Boy does this look stupid after his presser.

    February 9, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. Tomas E

    From the cheap sets, it looks like Obama is trying to work with everyone. It appears (again from the cheap seats in America), that the republicans have their heads stuck in the sand or other places and they just don't get what the problem is! For many of the republicans in congress, they don't have to worry about buying a loaf of bread, a gallon of gas or turning their furnace on when it is cold. In the cheap seats of America, those are our daily priorities.

    February 9, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. David, ID

    More of the same.... more of the same would be your Tax cuts... enough of your childish behavior. Its sad there are only three Adult republicans on Capitol Hill now.... That's why I voted democrat and abandoned the republican party

    February 9, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. joseph

    Good god the g.o.p. is insane!
    bipartisanship does not = "do what ever the republicans say".
    if you in quicksand and you idea is to use your cell phone to call 911 and the other guys idea is to hold your breath, your not gonna listen to him! so does that mean you aren't using team work!?

    I honestly believe now that the republicans are campaigning for 2012.
    they are just doing everything they can to obstruct progress so they can complain about a lack of change (which is thanks to them) when election time comes back around.
    Frankly, I am upset that CNN has given the republicans so much power in carrying this agenda, they have offered almost no challenge to many of these baseless claims yet they go after the 1% of Obama's plan that they don't like and play it 24 hrs a day. this is insane.

    February 9, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Bipartisan, to Republicans, means "our way of the highway" and "you're with us or against us" .... they have not accepted that they are the defeated party, their failed policies thrown to the winds of history!

    The train to the future is leaving: and the republicans will be left at the station, wondering what happened.

    The GOP had their 8 years of deregulation, anything goes, greed and trickle down tax cut ideas that obviously did Not work. When you are not part of the solution – you are part of the problem! That sums up the GOP!

    February 9, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Gene from Georgia

    Where were these guys when we spent a trillion dollars on an egotistical, phony, preemptive war? The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

    February 9, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. Texas Teacher

    What bipartisanship? *LOL* The Republicans call bipartisanship, "you do what we want... and we will agree with you on NOTHING anyway!"

    We won.... they LOST.... they need to get used to that! That is the bipartisanship they deserve and should get. I don't recall one time that the Republicans tried to get bipartisanship the last 8 years! They did exactly what they wanted to do and thumbed their noses at anyone who disagreed! In fact, they tolerated NO disagreement!

    Let's not worry so much about bipartisanship... let's worry about getting this country going again!

    February 9, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  16. Roger from CA

    Get bent!

    February 9, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. Jim D. in Costa Mesa

    The GOP should change their initials to FOC...Full Of Crap.

    February 9, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  18. Chris, Tustin CA

    Good Luck with that one, BRIAN.

    February 9, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. aliou

    What the republican party does is irrelevant. What matters is what the President does. Bipartisant or not.
    We gave him a mandate 64% of americans over the republican mCcain and gop agenda.
    DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND? WE REJECTED THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. GO AWAY!!!!

    NANCY PELOSI WILL PAY FOR NOT IMPEACHING THE REPUBLICANS. IF SHE HAD IMPEACHED THESE PEOPLE, WE WOULDN'T BE HEARING THEM, BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE HIDING THEIR LOOT FROM NO BID CONTRACTS, BUT NOT IN PLAIN SIGHT AND ARROGANTLY.

    February 9, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. voter

    I have had enough of the republicans. The republicans are at fault for the lack of bipartanship. They have voted no on the areas of the bill they wanted. This is a message that they are not interested in working with the dems. Their ideas of bipartanship is the dems agreeing with the republicans all the time. The republicans are obstructionist and stuck on stupid.

    February 9, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. heatherimTEXAS

    its time for republican to change. Obama have given them every oppurtunity to change and the GOP still holding out. Its time to move on and leave them....If they dont want to be fiscally responsible...its time for the country to vote them out one by one.

    February 9, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. Coherent1

    What bipartisanship? What bipartisanship??? The bipartisanship YOU turned partisan. Yeah, that bipartisanship! We've got your number you idiots. Your game has been handed to you on a platter. You've officially been served. Is anybody else out there reading this mess? They've got some nerve. Geez!

    February 9, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. tahu from the mid-west

    typical. Making negative comments before the President finishes. Its time to end the spin........

    February 9, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  24. Mr Independent

    I hope these republicans don't plan to spend the next 2 to 4 years sitting on their hands. If they ever want to be taken seriously again they'd better start participating in running the congress and not sitting in the corner sulking.

    But who knows...Maybe the Independents will become the 2nd major party in America :-)

    February 9, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Jahzee

    Is it surprising that the republicans would take this position – these are the same fools that helped spend the 3 trillion dollars on an illegal war in Iraq – following a madman like Bush. The scariest thing to the the republicans is being called to task by an extremely intelligent man that has surrounded himself with the best and smartest people in the great country. There will always be some partisanship but Obama has displayed his no nonsense style by calling out some in his own party. This is a refreshing and needed approach – do you wonder why the majority of the world's population is optimist?

    February 9, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
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