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. Mike O'Brien

    I have lost all faith in the Republican Party.. Mike in Montana

    February 9, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. Karl

    Reb\pubs should be ashamed of themselves. Their interests center on themselves only and not for the American people, not for America. Those BASTARDS should be replace quickly. Sure, it's good to debate the merit of the legislation. But it is much great to debate those merit and them compromise to for the American people. Bunch of petty bastards! WE NEED HELP & THE REPUGS WANT TO PLAY POLITICS WITH EVERYTHING. SHAMEFUL! And will someone gives Michael Steele a muzzles?

    February 9, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. Charlie in Maine

    Where the heck were you Republican bean-counters when George W Bush thought it would be a great idea to spend 12 million dollars an hour on a war in Iraq that was un-necessary un-justified and un-constitutional?

    February 9, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |


    February 9, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. Larry

    So what about 8 years of Republican fiscal Irresponsibility? Suddenly they see the light after 8 years of driving us to this point.

    February 9, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Bill

    Please GOP you lost work with our new Presidnet the American people are sick of the same old GOP lies.

    February 9, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. jumbo

    vp biden is a good study on bipartisanship..............ha ha ha

    February 9, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Lee Bartholomew

    Yawn..... More of the same? I suppose this moron took the past 8 years off from reality.

    February 9, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. Ed

    "Senate Democrats will be held accountable for their growing record of fiscal irresponsibility.”

    Irony is dead. Republicans are self parody.

    February 9, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    You are right what partisanship? The stimulus bill is a left wing wish list that the are paying back the unions and activist groups like Acorn for the election. Activist groups should only be supported by donations not my tax money so I do not have to support groups I do not agree with!

    February 9, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. D_

    Maybe we should have a PAY for Performance on Congress.
    Have a pay cut for Texas congressman for not attending the stimulus session to cast a vote. This idiot is partying in New York.

    February 9, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. G.F.

    Do you Republicans even realize how pathetically comical you sound? Your talking points are trite. Your ideas are obsolete. Your arguments are boring. You know how you can help the country? Shut up and get the F out of the way!

    February 9, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. Flo

    No, Republicans will be held responsible in 2010 for playing games when millions of families are losing jobs and standing on food lines to keep afloat. Thank God we live in the age of technology...........voters will remind Replublicans everyday on you tube.

    February 9, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. Katie

    You know the GOP put us in this mess. All they do is worry that their rich buddies won't have enough money when it is said and done. I don't agree with everything in that stimulus package, but we have to start somewhere.

    February 9, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  15. J. Carson

    The "Grand Obstructionist Party" (GOP) continues to dig a grave for themselves. It's amazing how little they think of the American people and how stupid they must think that we are. They are obviously living on another planet and don't have a clue about what is going on around them or is it that they just don't care. I suspect that it is the latter. Shame on them. They have truly shown their true colors and it's much too late to turn it around. Say good night George, McCain, Palin, Rush, Luger, McConnell, etc.

    February 9, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  16. An Independent in Oregon

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black; "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..." is the legacy the Republican Party left us. Why in God's name would anybody want their input?

    February 9, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  17. CitizenKane

    Huh? Does the GOP think we have not been watching? Or maybe just tell the biggest lies first approach? They have lost all sense of perspective or reality. As a FORMER GOP supporter, what a disappointment they turned out to be!

    February 9, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  18. Bud in NC

    Wow!! There has been this new amazing discovery as a result of DNA analysis.Evidence shows that some Neanderthals mated with modern humans 20,000 years ago. Every once in a while the gene pops out in someone. Guess what? They are all Republicans. It's a fact. Check it out.

    February 9, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  19. amt, CA

    the repubs are showing they really are full fledged jerks with a capital J. Obama inherited their trillion dollar deficit & they fight against any solution to fix it because it's not them doing the telling. ! ! Why would they even think Obama should listen to them? They are the cause of the mess he inherited, if they were so full of good ideas, and full of wisdom why didn't they come forward with it during the last 8 years ??? Pres Obama has made every effort, more so than any other Pres, to work across party lines so it is just obstinance on the part of the repubs following the old ways as usual. Who needs the repubs ? Obama won the election, the repubs lost.

    February 9, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. Byron

    How are we going to work on bipartisanship when all you can see if what you want republicans??? When Bush asked for the money, you called it stimulus, when Obama asked for the money, you call it spending. I cannot wait for the day you white folks become the minority, that day will mark the offical death of the republican party as we speak.

    February 9, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  21. Cheryl

    The new Republican strategy as voiced by Rush Limbaugh...they want to see the president (and the stimulus plan) fail. That is the only way for them to get their hands back on the reins of power. And regaining that power is far more important to them than whether people like us have jobs. They are playing a reckless, selfish political game with our futures.

    February 9, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  22. Chris

    Memo to the GOP: we do not believe you.

    February 9, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  23. Arden

    Mr. President: Forget bipartinship. It isn't going to be there for a while. Let's face it; George Bush allowed Congress to get away with the I can do anything and get away with it attitude and they believe its business as usual. At some point in time maybe when 2010 elections are around the corner they will wish they had helped. Some Democrats will regret their choices also.

    February 9, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  24. steve r.

    To tell you the truth Mr Walsh, after the 8 years of failed policies by YOUR PRESIDENT BUSH, why in our right minds would we ever give you a voice in any decision? The change PRESIDENT OBAMA was speaking of is a President that cared about the working people, not big business and the rich. Change as in smart policies,regulation and unity of the world. CHANGE YOUR TUNE FOR THE PEOPLE OR JUST SHUT UP!!!

    February 9, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. Naomi

    I love the analysis I just heard…"Republicans set the house on fire (ie arson, which is a crime) and now they are blocking the fire fighters from trying to put out the fire". Why? Cos they dont believe in fire fighting or maybe cos they dont like the fire fighters uniforms or perhaps they dont like fire fighters…who knows?

    February 9, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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