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. gabe

    hypocrites is thee only thing that can come to mind. the republican party who was a rubber stamp for a trillion dollar scheme. and now cry wolf for tax cuts. got us in this mess.

    February 9, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. Sage of Annapolis

    The Republicans are much more interested in the next election than in economic recovery. They have underestimated this President because he made overtures toward including them. They mistook this for weakness and will ultimately suffer the consequences because this is not a weak man. Just as John McCain underestimated his strength during the election, they all have done so in the early days of his Presidency. When will they learn?

    February 9, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Pam, Jacksonville FL

    My problem with the reaction from the republicans and democrats in congress is that instead of listening to each other and putting their heads together to find solutions, they are steadfastly arguing their party line. Obama's message seems to me to be one of working together to get us out of this mess. I don't understand why politics and partisianship continue to stand in the way.

    February 9, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. Russ

    I found nothing in Pres Obamas press conference that clearly detailed how a struggling home owner like myself will get resolutions to my problems. My home mortgage company, Wells Fargo, has received 25 billion dollars of "bail out" money thus far and is still refusing to modify, in any way, my now 60 day delinquent mortgage. I have lost my entire business(3 seperate retail locations) in 2008 due to the lack of consumer spending and don't believe that the mere tax rebates the general consumer shall be receiving will stimulate consumer spending. The high percentile of consumers will spend such a rebate on meeting past due credit obligations – such as myself.

    February 9, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    "...represents the same wasteful Washington spending ..." He forgot to mention that the wasteful spending was done by the Republicans over the last several years. He also forgot to mention that there could be no bipartisanship because the Republicans approached the bargaining table with the same "can't do" attitude they have been expressing for the longest time. In addition, he forgot to mention that the Republicans just wanted tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts; a tactic that has been proven not to work.

    February 9, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Mitch

    The GOP remind me of an obsolete group that struggle to maintain relevancy. They just don't get it that they caused this mess. Why do they think we'll believe they now have the answer?

    February 9, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. Frederick

    Shouldn't it be noted that the spirit of bipartisanship should be ambivalent on both sides of the aisle? Merely stating that you want bipartisanship does not give much for show to the American public.

    If Republicans truly wished to work with the president, then why did only three senators step up to actually make a contribution? Senators should not be wasting time on useless rhetoric when they are offered a say in the bill. Surely President Obama did not run for the presidency just to be swooned over by others.

    February 9, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. Terry from GA

    It's funny what Mr. Walsh has to say about democrats now that Bush is no longer in office. Why didn't Mr Walsh tell Bush and the republican party that they will be held accountable for their growing record of fiscal irresponsibility over the past 8 years? It sounds like he's "projecting".

    February 9, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. phil s.

    Lets not forget which party placed us in debt. Ouch!

    February 9, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Anne-Marie

    What is Walsh talking about. We saw what happened with a trickle down effect now we're about to experience a trickle up effect. The republicans are the ones not willing to be bipartisan. The American people are not fooled anymore. Finally, we are beginning to see a form of honesty. Get over it Republicans!

    February 9, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. R in Maine

    Republicans seem to think that "bipartisanship" means that they are in charge. The reality is that they are a minority party and they are still shrinking. They had better look to doing some good works, or they might just disappear completely.

    February 9, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Disgusted in Cary North Carolina

    The Republican ideology has failed miserably. It's time to do what is necessary to help the people who are in such dire straits, as well as build a foundation for a more secure future. Let's see.....when your wonderful Mr. Bush came into office, we had peace, prosperity, a balanced budget and a huge surplus. JUST WHAT PART OF THIS DO YOU WANT TO CONTINUE? I think you all must be insane!!!

    February 9, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. CTP

    The Republicans seem to suddenly think that bipartisanship means that the majority party concedes on all issues to the minority party. Funny that the Republicans never cared at all about Democratic ideas when they held the majority. What the Democrats are doing now is bipartisan. They have negotiated with the opposition, taken into consideration the opposition's ideas, accepted the good, and rejected the bad. Need the Republicans be reminded that the majority of Republican ideas are outdated and have been rejected by the American People? Just take a look around Congress!!!

    February 9, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  14. helen

    I think President Obama was very clear in his attempt to ensure bipartisanship. He cannot control what these politicians ultimately do, he can only try to encourage their participation. There are many in the political scene in the house and senate who are being motivated by others and therefore cannot ever be bipartisian. That is life, again all he can do is try. I remember "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" and what he had to do to get the stubborn politicians to change. What is wrong with us, when will we wake up.

    February 9, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  15. chris from STL.

    I've been watching the debate on TV .... I don't know how some of the of the republican senators got elected! They sure seemed just anti-people. Not sure which world they live in .... pure idiots.

    February 9, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |

    Thats it guys dont give this socialist an inch. His policies are wrong and playing the fear card, should not earn this boy any support. Stick to what we know is right and ignore the smears by this facist democrat party. We all know the truth which is that conservatives did not cause this problem, instead we actually kept things from being worse. Dont cave-in to the liberal media and its shaping of hhistory on lies instead of fact. Leave the economy alone, it will fix itself.

    February 9, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. TG Capwell

    standard comment from any of the opposing party no matter what party is in white house

    February 9, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. john

    These Republicans just want to see Obama fails, we the American people need this help and those Republicans don't seems to care.

    February 9, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. jaye

    I'm sick of the GOP and their whining and crybaby tactics.
    They need to just shut up.

    February 9, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. Mac

    The Republicans lost L-O-S-T the election. They are still viewing the world through the failed policies of the last eight years. If they don't change, they will simply have to BE changed!

    February 9, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. Melissa in New Orleans

    The GOP need to shut up.

    February 9, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. xavier

    Just shut the hell up GOP! You were given a chance to be bi-partisan and you spit in Obama's face. Most of America isnt buying the cow manure you are selling! You are the biggest bunch of cry baby two face idiots I have ever seen.

    February 9, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. GOP should grow up

    For the past eight years Republican have ground this country to a hault. MOVE OUT OF THE WAY AND LET US DO OUR WORK!

    February 9, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. Ray

    "In a partisan manner?" "Fiscal responsibility?" Are these people serious? He was kissing their behinds for two weeks to get what? They've been trying to make a fool out of the President, but we are not blind.

    February 9, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  25. CNN Hates My Comments

    The GOP is just angry that President Obama told them how they are truly behaving and they don't want to be the bad guy. so they will say almost anything right now to save face. GOP.. you still aren't fooling anyone. They're just a group of followers whom does what ever is in fashion.

    February 9, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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