February 9th, 2009
09:01 PM ET
3 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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  1. SSG C

    The Grand Old Party needs to stop this ridiculous game. They are failing to understand the big picture Tax cuts are NOT going to create new jobs. All tax cuts can do is to give some money to some people, but if you don’t have a job, what a tax cut can do for you? It can do absolutely nothing. Now they like to call out on the President on bipartisanship when he has spent this whole time talking with them in a number of occasions to pas this bill. What else they want? Another thing if they really cared about this “tax breaks” why they did not do anything to make it happen with the past administration?

    February 9, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. Sue, NY

    Its' tlime for a 3 party system....you just can't work with republicans.
    This bill is a compromise with republican ideas and they still won't vote for it because it isn't EVERYTHING they want. Time for them to go home and send someone willing to do the work.

    February 9, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. Jon Davis

    After six years of the Republican-led Congress rubber stamping every Bush policy like the Soviet Politburo, with no Democratic input, now the Republicans want bipartisanship. Not according to RNC chair Michael Steele.

    February 9, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  4. 1776

    What hypocrisy. I heard Obama publicaly invite republican comment 2 weeks ago. I read the gushing comments of republican senators when he went and visited them personally to discuss it. I read the news reports (even on Faux News!!!) about how he took some of the items out that republicans objected to even before it hit the House. And these republican spin-meisters still think they can just play the same old game of patently lying about what can plainly see? It is plain that what they really object to is that he refuses to allow them to promote the same old failed policies of the last eight years. These manipulative cynics think we are so stupid that we failed to notice it was a BIPARTISAN committee that worked so hard to get the bill that wil be voted on the next couple of days. Bloat? You have the temerity to talk about BLOAT? When Bushie squandered our surplus, and hugely increased the size and spending of government? When he and the Dark Lord Cheney bloated the power of the administration out of all proportion? You gotta be kidding me.

    February 9, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  5. dave

    President Obama have made repeated efforts to reach out across the aisle, unforturnately very few Republicans have reciprocated. It is ironic then to hear Republicans say that bipartisanship does not exist since they're the ones rejecting it. It's very hard to reach common ground when one party is back-stepping away from it. I hope the Republicans keep up their ignorance because soon Americans will realized they should have been left out of the dialogue in the first place. Here's a trivia for all of you, name the first Republican president ever to balance the national budget and i'll name you a true conservative.

    February 9, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. Sharon, TX

    Bipartisanship goes both ways and the American public sees more and more everyday who's not willing to compromise: Republicans. There are several proposals from Republicans included in the Recovery Plan, for example, the $15K tax credit for 2009 home buyers submitted by Sen Tom Coburn (R), which was incorporated in the Senate version of the legislation. However, he still chooses not to support it. The Senate trimmed $100B in spending from the House version of the bill, but increased the overall cost by $19B. So they exchanged $100B in spending with $119B in tax cuts. Yet all but 3 Senate Republicans refuse to support it. President Obama promised change and he is delivering. Republicans are too stupid or hard-headed to realize they need to unclench their fists in order to accept his open hand. Despite their efforts to diminish President O's effectiveness, as well as those in cable news networks (you too CNN), radio and the press, the majority of Americans realize OUR President has our best interests at heart and is working very hard for US! Can't say the same for the obstructionist Republicans. We'll ensure they realize our displeasure in 2010.

    I know you won't post this CNN because as usual you feel threatened by my comments. No worries.

    February 9, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. Hope

    We got the bill albeit without spending on constructing schools, hopefully Pelosi can push through this inclusion in the negotiations, to the republicans where did you take the 5 trillion dollars, did you give it to your chronies, we need a postmortem done on th eth 5 Trillion dollar deficit created by republicans. (Not a Single Freeway or Bridge built!!!!!)

    February 9, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. Proud American

    Did anyone out there expect the Idiot republicans to come to the table like adults sent to washington to deal with the country ills? Well I didn't it's all about them, their lost and the good of their dying party. Every republican in Washington should find themselves unemployed, hungry and homeless. Who know maybe then they will get the message that this nation sent this past November.

    February 9, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. Cruser

    The Repubs embraced trickle down tax cuts since Reagan and it did not work. The one percent of the one percent kept it all ! Lower taxes did not and will not create a single job. NO is not an Economic policy.

    February 9, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. Franky

    Bipartisanship?? GOP...you're a joke! LOL!! I gotta say GOP, you ain't worried about the future?? Interesting...I mean, you do seem very confident. Do you know what we're talking about GOP?? Do you?? I gotta say, I don't think you don't. GOP, GOP...you have no idea what we're talking about, huh? GOP, don't worry, sooner or later I will tell you...*wink**wink*.

    February 9, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. gary

    I want the Republicans to work better with the Democrats but not at the expense of the economy. This stimulus package is expensive and inappropriate and will make our economy worst. So I think the Republicans will be doing us all a favor if they refuse to vote for the Stimulus.

    February 9, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. Ed's Kate

    Mr. Walsh sure has this wrong. The people who are not showing bi-partisanship are the Republicans. What a group of arrogant, self-serving individuals they are. All they think of is what's in it for them and their high and mighty wealthy friends
    .
    I've said it before and I'll say it again, Republicans as well as Democrats are elected to serve the people of this country and that is what is needed now more than ever.

    The nasty rhetoric coming from the likes of Senators McCain, McConnell, Graham, Cornyn, Kyl, Eisen(?spelling) etc. only makes them look like a bunch of "sore losers" rather than the concerned Senators they are trying to portray.

    February 9, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. dennisk

    True to form, the Repugnant-cans are only interested in bipartisanship when they are in the minority. Where were the calls for bipartisanship over the last eight years? Shallow, transparent hypocrites!

    February 9, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  14. frank, pennsylvania

    I am an independent and I strongly believe that the republicans who oppose the stimulus bill are putting their party first instead of the american people – they are making their party the central focus of the stimulus bill rather than what is good for the american people. This is very unacceptable and I think they should all be re-called by the contituencies immediately!

    February 9, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  15. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    It is very strange that the persons responsable for the damage does to the American economy now want no part of correcting it. I think it wonderful of President Obama, to even speak with them. These people care nothing about our nation only their friends and their jobs. I have a wonderful idea sent them home in two years. Let them realize what the average person in this nation is going through.

    February 9, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  16. Neal

    GOP are lying.
    He went to them. The END.
    They have lost this debate. They are now just trying to take political advantage of Obama. I suspect they think he is naive.
    However, it is they who are the fools.
    They fiddle while Rome burns.

    February 9, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  17. REG in AZ

    It is extremely obvious that once again, as they were behind Bush-Cheney, the main body of the Republican Party is unified in strongly and stubbornly being only political and in completely ignoring their responsibility to the people. As they play the role of obstructionists in trying to fault and block every Obama offering, with the hope of positioning themselves for the 2010 and 2012 elections, they literally are willing to let the country and the American people sink deeper into the pits. They give lip service to bipartisanship, ignore Obama’s efforts to include them and then keep their whole focus on playing politics and their self-indulgence no matter what the cost is to the country. Hopefully the people will see it for what it is and it will then backfire on them. We really can’t take more of their arrogant antics and their irresponsible concentration on their private agenda.

    February 9, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  18. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    It is very strange that the persons responsible for the damage done to the American economy now want no part of correcting it. I think it wonderful of President Obama, to even speak with them. These people care nothing about our nation only their friends and their jobs. I have a wonderful idea sent them home in two years. Let them realize what the average person in this nation is going through.

    February 9, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  19. No Incumbents 2010

    I hope No Republican votes for this. Let the Democrats have full responsibility for this socialist agenda.
    It's amazing how quickly hope and change has turned to doom and gloom.

    February 9, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. Mellie

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

    From 1993 to 2001, Bill Clinton was the President of the United States and spent a bulk of that time with a majority Democrat Congress. During his presidency, America experienced a surplus and unemployment was low. Please remind the Republicans that Clinton was a Democrat.

    If there is any party with a record of fiscal irresponsibility, it's the Republican party! Is it just me or are the Republicans completely ignoring that fact that fellow Republican George W. Bush ran our country into this mess with his crappy spending. His spending was approved by a majority Republican party for about 4-6 years, giving him enough time to set a foundation for an economic mess. They were the ones that spent trillions on an unnecessary war and a bunch of other garbage.

    February 9, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. Sick of it

    Seriously? How can these guys say this with a straight face? It's unfortunate that the meaning of "bipartisanship" in this new era is do exactly what the Republicans want. Sounds like a re-tread of the way it was for 6 of the last 8 years, where they dictated without concern for the minority in Congress. Guess what? Now the shoe is on the other foot. There are tax cuts in this bill as promised. It's just not enough for the Republicans. With a combination of tax cuts and spending, it already sounds like it's bipartisan, it's just not 100% Republican, so they ridicule and try to tear it down. They just won't let go of the old way of business. That's too bad.

    February 9, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  22. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    These congressional Republicans are the ones not cooperating, and they are not acting in the way most Americans want them to. They are completely indifferent to the hardship of growing numbers of citizens and are completely out of touch with Main Street. They are acting like stupid ostriches with their heads stuck firmly in the sand of opposition to government's role in helping individuals. Enough stonewalling, Republicans-TAX CUTS ARE NOT THE ANSWER!

    February 9, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  23. Enrique

    It is blatantly obvious that in a time of extreme economic hardship, the Republicans are opting to play politics instead of getting serious about getting our economy back in order. The threats from this economic crisis are real. Nearly every credible economist is telling us that we must do something to address it. The GOP shows more interest in scoring political points than coming up with solutions.

    February 9, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  24. Dan

    "Even before Obama’s first primetime news conference came to a close, National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh released this statement"

    If only the President were just like the Republicans. Obviously the problem with this stimulus is that we need more Republicans yelling, misdirecting, and throwing tantrums. If only the Republicans had a few more members in Congress we would really get a history lesson on the Great Depression. They are planning ahead really. Destroy Obama and the economy at the same time so they can gain more members and complete the total destruction of the country.

    "The fundamentals of the economy are strong"
    – John McCain the day the death spiral started.

    I don't get it. Whats the punch line?

    February 9, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  25. Sandra, Atlanta

    Do Republicans really think the American people's memory is so short?
    (other than Rush Limbaugh of course)

    February 9, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
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