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. Marty, FL

    Are you kidding me? President Obama has been more than respectful towards working with Republicans, and this is sadly the lack of appreciation in return. It is the same ole divisive politics many American voters are tired of in Washington, and we will not forget it next year if they continue this counter-productive nonsense.

    Republicans do not have much credibility with regards to fiscal responsibility after the last eight years. It would be much advised that they try to find ways to work together with their Democratic colleagues, or they can be replaced with new members who truly understand the importance of bipartisanship in public office.

    February 9, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. Gary

    Um, weren't Republicans in control for 8 years???? Talk about fiscal irresponsibility indeed! Change that last sentence to:
    "Senate REPUBLICANS are being held accountable for their record of fiscal irresponsibility.”. And this accountability is now evidenced in their lack of credibility.

    February 9, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Ann

    Why should anyone want to work with Republicans? Besides constantly whining and same old tired 'taxcuts for the wealthy/corporations and deregulation (which caused the nightmare that we are in now), what do you have NEW to bring to the table? Republican ideas DO NOT WORK! Haven't the last 28-30 years proved that.

    To be honest I am tired of helping corporations that send jobs overseas. I am tired of wealthy people paying a lower precentage in taxes than I do. I am tried of the Republicans ideologies that widen the divide between the "haves" and the "have-not's". Republicans DO NOT CARE ABOUT regular people.

    Republicans created this mess that we are in ...so SHUT-UP!

    February 9, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. MIke

    We must insist on the same amount of bipartisanship in the 111th Congress that the Republicans provided in the 109th and 110th Congresses. Just cut them completely off, run cloture votes when ever they bring something to the floor, filibuster any vote that will unlikely ever get to the floor and veto anything that gets through Congress. Sounds like the history of Republican bipartisanship of the last eight years.

    February 9, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. adam

    Um, he tried. Republicans had absolutely no incentive to work together. None. The moderates are leaving the party leaving only hard core right wingers so until their constituents realize that their representatives and senators no longer represent their district or state's best interest we'll keep getting crappy congressman (and women...mostly men...women are smarter).

    So spare me the whining diatribe about this wasn't working together. 3 members of the Republican party saw that something needed to be done and played ball – and probably secured their next re-election.

    February 9, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Hopefully President Obama has learned that the view of bipartisanship by the GOP is when YOU agree with THEM! That is one change in Washington I'm afraid he's not going to get.

    February 9, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. Jay

    Pres. Obama needs to just forget these losers on the GOP side.

    He's wasting his time with these BOZOS because no matter what he does THEY ARE NOT GOING TO WORK WITH HIM.

    This is Political Positioning by the Repubes. Nothing more, nothing less!

    February 9, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Steph

    Mr. Walsh couldn't be more wrong. The fact that education and school construction was cut from the bill and that tax cuts for people who don't need more tax cuts were added are signs that the Democrats are trying to work with Republicans.

    Your whining and complaining is being noted by the American people. Keep it up. We will remember your behavior during the next election and vote even more Republicans out of office!

    February 9, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    GOP – RIP.

    February 9, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Agnes

    What about the fiscal irresponsibiity of the Republicans for the last 8 years?

    February 9, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. Sue

    More lies...he reached out to Republicans from day one, asked for their input, listened, and put some of their proposals in the bill. But they had to play bullies and the old "take my ball and go home" crap. You aren't fooling anyone, Repubs...you all are following Limbaugh and praying for Obama to fail.
    What I am not proud of are the people who care more about their political posturing than helping the country. Tax cuts don't help! Spending for jobs helps. If you don't understand economics, call someone who does!

    The return on a dollar of tax cuts is $1.02. The return on a dollar spent for food stamps is $1.78-the very best stimulus of all. So what did Repubs cut? Food for the poor, infrastructure projects, school lunches, school improvement. What did they add? Tax cuts. And did they lower the total amount? Nope.

    So when we fall into Depression, the Repubs can be real proud, all the way to the bread line.

    February 9, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. Texas Trail Kitty


    February 9, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Eugene

    Crawl back into your hole and wither. President Obama showed tonight why we elected a man with calm judgment, ideas, persistence, willingness to work with those of differing notions. The Republican nay-sayers need desperately to come up with good ideas, any ideas, or they are dooming themselves to be the Know-Nothing Party of the 21st Century.

    February 9, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. Larry Houston Texas

    If this thing happens to pan out where everyone has Jobs, and the economy recovers, believe me, the Rebublicans will never,never,
    never get elected, or re-elected to anything, period. No wonder O'Reilly
    at Fox is predicting that in the future, there will be more "blue states"
    and more states going towards the Dems in the future.

    February 9, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    Senate Democrats, and their record of fiscal irresponsibility? Is this a joke? The last 8 years have been a Republican free for all on spending! They not only spent what we had, they spent what we didn't have.

    February 9, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful

    RNC commercial-led by the King of the RNC Limbaugh:

    We can't let that _______ succeed! At all costs, even to our own supporters!

    February 9, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. Jeff from Jersey

    Despite all the posturing and talking about "philosophical differences" it is crystal clear that the republicans are using this crucial stimulus legislation to make a stand and try to prove that while they were soundly trounced in the recent elections,they may be down but they are not out.

    It's DESPICABLE and we should all remember this well during the next election cycle as well.They have chosen to play politics while our country is going down the tubes.They should be tried for treason!


    February 9, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Canadian for Obama

    The polls tonight showed that the public blames the Repubs, NOT President Barack Obama for the lack of bipartisanship. I agree 100%. There's a reason why the Repubs lost and they still don't get it. Keep it up Repubs, I pray your party never wins an election again!

    February 9, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  19. !ChanceOnly from Lawrenceville, GA

    The Republicons in the Senate are a bunch of Old White Men who want to protect their turf. They are the ones who got here. They have chipped away at everything Dem have tried to improve...and they lost an election by large majority. The American People are struggling and who are the Republicons to lecture about caring for future generations...they don't care about sending troops to lose their lives and squandering our budget surplus and turning it into the largest deficit ever.

    February 9, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. Tracy

    Whatever – the Republicans are so committed to Reaganomics and the Bush II war that anything outside of these gross errors will make them cry wolf. Trickle Down doesn't. We should have never gone into Iraq (speaking of costly partisan decisions). The Republicans if left unchecked will further ruin the economy.

    February 9, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. marie

    yeah ok buddy, trying to attack as fast as you can! seriously, lets be honnest here, most republicans in the house and senate are worried about their 2010 reelection and since most are from republican states, they just dont want to explain to their people why the stimulus bill might be effective for the economy ( apparently, its not conservative enough)...
    And what were you expecting? Obama to just let you cut all his ideas and put in all of yours, which can be summarized simply by tax cuts, tax cuts and tax cuts! c'mom, cut through the b.s

    February 9, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |

    The republicans need some lessons on how to be constructive. That neo con crap about taking no prisoners has gone to their heads.

    February 9, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX


    It will be remembered in 2010, believe me!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 9, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. Elvira Hyman

    It's so obvious the Republicans are trying to sabotage the President's good will to be bipartisan at the expense of millions of jobs – at the expense of the american people. I hope people continue to see the light and don't buy into all this negativity. The President has my trust, my service, and my wallet. I will continue to believe that he can guide us to a better america. I will take his advise about giving back through community service and I will donate to any cause he wants to champion.

    February 9, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  25. Proud American

    Republicans don't have a clue what the word means. All republicans want at this point is to prevent the country from moving foward. They lost remember, and what is there to gain for them?

    February 9, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
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