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. lynn

    President Obama was calling on congress to craft a stimlus bill three months ago.If GOP wanted to play a constructive role ,they could have crafted their own bill and presented it when calls for bipartisanship was asked for.I see only the same old GOP.Better reinvent.

    February 9, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. Ed Fl

    You republican politicians would not know the meaning of bi-partisian-ship if it was explained in crayon by George W Bush. You are spiteful people who despise folks that you believe are below your standards. You only support folks who you can send to war to fight YOUR battles.You politicians can cheat ,lie commit adultery , behave in inapproprita activity and you seem to think it is alright, Anyone you consider below your standards partake in similar activities and they are criminals. Wake up and smell the coffee YOU GOT YOUBUTTS HANDED TO YOU AND WILL LOSE MORE IF YOU CONTINUE TO PUT YOURSELF AHEAD OF OUR COUNTRY,

    February 9, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. mikeo

    The GOP belivies that bipartisanship means adopting only their ideas. The failure to develop a bipartisanship plan falls totally on the GOP since they have lost understanding of the meaning of compromise during the past eight years.

    February 9, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Jason

    Why would the president take advice from those who created the economical crises we are currently experiencing?

    February 9, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. anthony

    Just amazing the same old Republican rhetoric. Note to the party: start being positive–STOP with the negativity.

    February 9, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Sally

    Oh why don't they just shut up already????

    February 9, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Simmy

    ......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.”
    **********************************************************************
    The first sentence is a lie. The last sentence reveals the soul of their contentions. They are banking on President's Obama's failure. They are a sad lot. May God have mercy on them.

    February 9, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Ann

    The Republicans are playing political games with our country - after spending the last eight years creating this mess. Obama is going forward with good intentions and a good plan crafted by many people to fix this country. Obviously the Republicans would rather we fell into a sink hole, so long as their rich contributors get a huge chunk as we go down.

    February 9, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Donna

    Mad cause the President called you out huh?? LOL

    February 9, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. Robert Mohs

    President Obama has clearly gone more than out of his way to be bipartisan and to bring the GOP into all discussions. I suspect that there is a not so secret desire on the part of Republicans to see what they will call Obama's economic program fail.

    He will get a bill and I just hope it is enough...It's time for "shock and awe" here.

    February 9, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. Give it a Rest

    If there wasn't stonewalling involved with the majority of the Republican party in regards to the stimulus package, then maybe bi-partisianship could actually occur. And PLEASE don't talk about the Senate Democrats growing record of fiscal irresponsibility, because obviously there must be a case of collective amnesia on the part of the GOP.

    February 9, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. Amanda

    President Obama was so honest and thoughtful in responding to the Republicans in his press conference tonight. The Republicans refuse to reciprocate. Why can't we have an honest diaglogue. I applaud Obama for trying. Trickle down theories, deregulation and tax cuts for the rich did not work. Our president deserves the chance to try something new. The people who agree are going to have to take a stand and make sure he gets this opportunity.

    February 9, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Jersey Joe

    "The same wasteful Washington spending"....???

    As who? The people that doubled the deficit over the last years? Who's spouting rhetoric here?

    If the Senate Republicans are so concerned about Obama's plan, why is it that, other than the three GOP members involved with the Senate stimulus bill, haven't they been staying up nights working on an alternate solution to help America out of this mess?

    Instead, they just stand at their pulpits yelling "NAY!!"

    February 9, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. Carmen

    I'm angry right now. Republicans are playing with our future for political purposes. Why don't they sit down and reflect upon what Obama said? Maybe then they'll be able to play with the adults.

    February 9, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. MikeH

    CNN Ticker doesn't know dick about objective journalism, they're too busy sucking up to Republican Plutocrats.

    February 9, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Ed Anderson

    The Republicans need to wake up and Smell the Roses.....they need to be part of the Solution, Not part of the Problem. We voted Republican and I will not ever do it again. AMEN...........

    February 9, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. Hypocrites

    Sorry, but the Republicans are NOWHERE NEAR being able to lecture Democrats about fiscal responsibility. You fools have ZERO credibility, and the long winter of your political exile and irrelevancy is just beginning. You better get used to the back seat, since all Republicans are good for is backseat driving. They're lucky we don't gag them and shove them in the trunk. These fools need to go back to school.

    February 9, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. katiec

    When will the republicans understand the American people voted for change and change we demand.
    After eight years of strict republican control they are being so hypocritical,even though our President did try to unify.
    It will always be politics as usual for them until they are all voted
    out of office.

    February 9, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. 15 Democrats + 3 Republicans = No bipartisan

    I can do the math and 15 dems plus 3 repubs doesn't add up to bipartisan, but I guess the president wants us to believe his math too!

    Where did honesty go?

    February 9, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. todd shorb

    A.c. Is a idiot talks like a drunk crossing the road

    February 9, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  21. Jack

    "I won" – Pres Obama, "We Won" – Speaker Pelosi. These are not indicators of bipartisan work.

    Pres Obama state in his innaugural address that we cannot govern from fear, yet his message the last few days is the economy is getting worse. Things are bad. – these are not signs of inspired leadership

    February 9, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Death of America by Obama

    I agree. Thanks to all who did not support this "big lie" of the democrats and their disgraceful leader.

    February 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  23. The Real Issue

    The Real Issue is that the Republicans do not get it. They supported a lost cause by supporting the Bush Administration policies 90% of the time. My fellow Americans, do not listen to this Republican rhetoric. They had 8 years to deal with the economy and it's the worst and that's the issue.

    The President is about change and the Republican Party is resistent and that's the facts!!!

    February 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  24. J.P.

    This stimulus bill is the beginning of the next civil war.

    The looters and moochers have declared war on the producers, and the next five generations of the producers descendents.

    I have to ask, liberals, "What are you going to do when you run out of other people's money to spend?"

    February 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  25. Mark Senak

    From a party that gave us the deficit, two wars, wrecked the economy, lowered our stature in the world, and not knowing anything about cooperation, this is weak tea indeed. This is why you lost the election. Do you not get that?

    February 9, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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