February 10th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
11 years ago

Robocalls pressure GOP senators to vote against stimulus

Specter is one of three Republicans supporting the bill.

Specter is one of three Republicans supporting the bill.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A conservative group is robo-calling voters in Pennsylvania and Maine, urging them to call their Republican senators and demand they stop supporting President Obama’s stimulus package.

In a last-minute effort to force Republican senators Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins into voting against the bill, Delaware-based ‘Let Freedom Ring’ began running 100,000 robocalls Tuesday in Pennsylvania and 50,000 more calls in Maine, according to Colin Hanna, the group’s president.

The Senate vote could come as early as this afternoon, and the measure is expected to pass with the support of the three Republican senators who helped craft the legislation.

“Would you be willing to contact your senator Arlen Specter today and tell him to vote no on the Obama tax and spend plan?” the Pennsylvania call asks, before providing a phone call for Specter’s Washington office.

Filed under: Arlen Specter • Olympia Snowe • Susan Collins
soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    I find it hard to believe that the GOP supported billions of dollars in reconstruction for Iraq and now balk at rebuilding our own country. Do they hate the US that much. I hope the ads in next election reflect this fact so that everyone knows who these people really care about. Here's a hint. IT is not us.

    February 10, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Susan in NC

    Thank you Senators Collins, Snowe, and Specter for truly putting "Country First"! Seems the "Party of No" wants to exclude you for voting your conscience......shame on them!

    February 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Terry, TX

    Hey....not just Republicans.....President Obama called out the little soldiers to have home meetings....I got my phone call....I am getting e-mail from the Obama campaign. It made national tv.

    Let's not be the pot calling the kettle black...and get indignant.

    February 10, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. GP

    Vote all Republicans out and keep the three who supported the American people

    February 10, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Survivor


    February 10, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Mal Lazinsk

    I'm in my 70's, but obviously still naive. SO THAT'S HOW IT WORKS IN WASHINGTON! It's truly shocking that a person at this level of government can't honestly disagree with the majority of their party without being threatened to be punished for not following the party line. Please, please tell me that this type of threat to freedom of expression among our highest elected officials is an anomaly, rather than common practice. If not, G-d help us all!

    February 10, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. 1776

    Oh that's brilliant – go ahead and annoy the crap out of your constituents with robocalls. Typical republican fascism – if you don't toe the line, then you are persecuted by your own. Better salute zeich heil so the neocon brown shirts don't sick their dogs on you.

    February 10, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Just Say No to Socialism

    At least if you are going to comment get the words right, its not a stimulus bill, its a SPENDING bill full of nothing but pork and wasteful programs.

    February 10, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. beachgirl

    I have been saying for years....Republicans=MORONS
    They did NOTHING but the wrong thing during the last 8 years and now...........they will DO NOTHING for the American people!!!!!!!!

    At least........let's try and see if we can come back to the Clinton era!!

    AMERICANS WANT "CHANGE" can't you get it MORONS???????

    February 10, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. PS / North Carolina

    Robo Calls did not work on Nov 4th, and it is not going to work this time. The GOP robots approved $780 billion during GWB when the elction was on the line, but now they are very concerned about Obama's $800 Billion plan. It is hillarious

    THE GOP ROBOTS are only for

    February 10, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. A New Era

    Rush L. can't wait to get his hands on that money. Sure he doesn't want it. Bull. Every republican wants a piece of it, including Dick Cheney, so does every Democrate.

    February 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Kent


    Since many of our representative and senators who think this
    stimulus package is too expensive, maybe we could save a lot
    of the cost by voting OUT OF OFFICE those older ones who are
    making the BIG BUCKS and voting themselves a healthy raise at
    our expense plus have the BEST HEALTHCARE in this country.

    Let's BOOT them out of office and vote in some younger, less
    expensive members.

    February 10, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |

    I guess the republicans don't want any spending to go on unless it is going to make THEM RICHER.

    At LEAST democrats can think on their own (right wrong or indifferent).

    What a disgrace to the republicans that call themselves representatives of the people. This type of nonsense is a prime example why I don't vote for republicans.

    Remember country first!

    February 10, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Kent



    for voting FOR America.

    February 10, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Kent


    Are you not tired of supporting with your hard-earned tax dollars
    those in Washington who make BIG BUCKS and do NOTHING

    February 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Mike in Cincinnati

    What amazes me about the tactical aspects of this is that Specter, Snowe and Collins are providing a huge service for the Republicans at large. If this bill failed due simply to a Republican filibuster in the Senate, the backlash against the Republicans would be absolutely furious.

    I bet many who are voting "no" on this bill KNOW that the bill is needed and will be helpful. But they are just trying to politically "bloody" Obama right off the bat, trying to generate opposition that will take some of his approval numbers down. And if the economy continues to be rocky for a while (which it likely will), they want to have their 2010 campaign talking points that blames Obama & the Democrats, for their own personal advantage.

    They are not partnering in leadership to help solve this country's devastating problems. They had no intention of that. They should all be voted out in the next election cycle.

    February 10, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. V. Marie

    If this wasn't so serious, one aspect would be sort of entertaining. The corrupt Republicans whining because the President and the Democrats are trying to push their own ideas, agenda, trying to take this country in another direction. Ha! Isn't that what an election is about? We need new policies, new ways of being successful, more intelligent, visionary ways of spending money. This stimulus package (yes, you spend money with a stimulus package, morons) is an able attempt to try to repair as much damage as possible caused by Bush and his cronies, who brought this country to it's knees!! Congratulations to Specter, Collins and Snowe for standing up "for" their country instead of trying to stick it "to" their country like the the pack of thieves who would rather further destroy our country than slow down this frightening crisis. It seems the cream of the Republican party did rise to the top.

    February 10, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. S.M.R.

    Just exactly what us Dems and others with common sense will do in the upcoming elections in 2010 and 2012.These people don't care about anybody but themselves. SO SAD!!!

    February 10, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Janet

    Reps are repeating the same mistake they've done during campaign...Feels like we're still campaigning...duh

    February 10, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Joe, Georgia

    Thank you to the three Republican US Senators that have decided to put the country ahead of partisan politics. It is unfortunate that they will be subjected to the hateful politics spread by the "Let Freedom Ring" organization. I viewed many of their ads in the fall election and found them to be some of the most dishonest and distorted ads run throughout the election year. These groups represent the very worst of politics and care only about their own power base and the political games. They don't care about our country.

    February 10, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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