February 10th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
9 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. M. Taylor

    Dumb idea. It would show that republicans have no spine and are merely SHEEP. They would rather the USA go down in aq handbsket rather than be a successful, progressive nation. They do not seem to realize how poorly they are looked at in the wider society.

    February 10, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Ray Ray

    No robo-caller here... just a pi$$ed off tax-payer tired of MY money bailing out everyone else.





    Just say no!!

    February 10, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Thomas Paine

    It's about time that the Democrats do what the Republicans do to influence Senators and Congressman.
    Our elective officials have only one concern, winning elections. If they believe their constituents want a yes or no vote that is the way they will vote.

    February 10, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. yes we can

    republins r dirty. they would rather we end up living out doors in the cold then help us.

    February 10, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Mari

    Once again, the GOPers are on the WRONG SIDE of history. Once again, they are spewing their........ lies, hate, fear and DIVISION.

    It is obvious to me, and most Americans, that the GOP are obstructionist. And what IS WORSE is that they care ONLY for their failed ideologies and their egos........ Country First????? NO! For the GOP its party first!

    Again I ask:



    February 10, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Glennis

    Arlen Specter is the sorriest excuse for representation this state has......except for Bob Casey. What a useless pair. To vote for this obscene piece of legislation is to slap his constituents in the face. I had misgivings the last time I voted for him....and it looks like I should have followed my instincts.

    February 10, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Baze

    Robocalls again? Didn't they learn how ineffective and divisive these tactics can be? Creating an uprising against those that have made their choices freely is equivalent to the bloody coups of third world countries. The G.O.P. wants to negate free thinking, true fascists indeed. They should "pal around" with Al Qaeda, because they do share the same ideology.

    February 10, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. pat C.

    why should a robo call mean more to these senators than the real people that are suffering and have real stories. please president obama don't give any money to the republican states that are not supporting you. let them fall as a state on their own sword.

    February 10, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Had It

    Vote 'em out – put Dems in the Senate.

    February 10, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. 1/20/13

    Yes We Can

    I have a job and pay a ton in taxes.....tell 'Mr Hope" stop wasting my tax money on hand outs

    February 10, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Al, NY NY

    Typical GOP tactics..."tax and spend plan." Isn't more than 40% of the plan tax CUTS? Since the whiny little GOP politicians were stamping their feet and holding their breath like the little sore losers they are, Obama has worked with them on a good percentage of the plan as tax relief. Of course that isn't good enough for the little losers...they need more more more to their corporate buddies.

    February 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Independent Dave, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Robo-calling, liberal or conservative, should be included in the 'do not call' lists that the telemarketing industry is subject to.

    February 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. insanity

    This is Insane.. Republicans are a bunch of Morons !!
    Seriously, all economists say this plans is necessary, to get things under control, but apparently republicans who don't know squat about the economy thinks everything is peachy.

    They (republicans) don't really care about Americans or America. As long as their party wins small battles, they're happy.

    What a bung of idiots.

    February 10, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. CitizenDick

    Robo-calls attempting to derail our economic recovery? Maybe James Cameron got it right in The Terminator. The machines will destroy us. Oh wait a second...The Terminator was Arnold Swarzenegger. Maybe it's just the Republicans out to do us in again.

    February 10, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    It's funny...these 3 are shaping up to be the only GOPers who might get re-elected in 2010...why their own party would want to spoil it is beyond me.

    February 10, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. July

    and the Robocall ended with ... BUSHED!

    February 10, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. KLS

    I wish that both parties would stop their petty bickering and actually WANT to work together on a solution!!!! Just having big tax cuts have not worked - that's been tired over and over again without success. I'm not sure what the correct answer is and I doubt anyone does since we've never been in this economic situation before. Our nation is starting '09 with a trillion dollar deficit and fighting two wars in a global economic meltdown. But I do know doing nothing will be won't make anything better. No matter what happens there are going to be people who will be upset. Taking this down to the average family dynamics - every action/decision a parent makes won't make their children happy, especially when they're a whiny teenager.

    February 10, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. LaMar Mack

    I'm sure someone has pointed this out, but I would like to reiterate a very concerning point.... I find it a bit disturbing that Republicans are now touting fiscal responsibility and caution with this new "stimulus" bill... These are the same guys that raised alarms that got us into a costly war (a bill higher than the stimulus package and still rising) and also cried "critical emergency!" at the outset of this economic crisis, leading to the approval of a $700B "stimulus package" that 1. went to the same wall street cronies that got us into this mess in the first place, 2. has still yet to be accounted for, and 3. has not made any appreciable impact on the crisis.
    It seems as though their memory is very, very, short term. John McCain should be ashamed touting this idea of Generational "theft" he was the major supporters of the first stimulus bill...now that was truly "theft"...the government was paying these guys' salaries...RIDICULOUS!
    I was opposed to the first stimulus package, and am not a great fan of this one...However, if the money is to be spent, it should certainly go to the states, education, infrastructure and creation of jobs...not the pockets of bankers and wall street boobs!

    February 10, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. obama-mama

    Wow, Republicans are the real terrorists

    February 10, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Brian

    I am proud that Arlen Specter has supported Obama's economic stimulus bill.

    Our country needs change and it seems that the sore losers want to prevent change.

    Face it, your Republican party lost the election!

    Change will happen, thank god for democracy!

    February 10, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Angela

    you know, this is frightening. instead of helping people out, they would rather watch us suffer!!! This folks, is your taxpayer and votes hard at work!!

    BTW with the money that they are paying to make those phone calls could be better used in helping people out.

    February 10, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. itbeme

    why didn't they do this a couple months ago when bush baby was doing the same thing. Now that money is gone and it didn't do sh!t to help the econmoy.

    Put up or shut up repukes. We still haven't heard how you would help....other than to give yourself and your cronies more tax breaks. While the rest of us can't afford to put food on our tables. I'm happy that a few 'from the other side' have actually stood up in support of Obama. Maybe they can run as Dems next time.......

    February 10, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Simpliticus

    Seems to me this is an effort to hold onto ill-gotten gains made by the Republicans during these past eight years of the Bush administration. Looking deeper into the Obama plan sees money being repaid by the Republicans and these do not want to give up what they have made. Look back at the post Great Depression years and see that not only did Republicans lose influence politically these lost money for over four decades. Now the Republicans do not want to revisit this episode so these are withstanding the issue of repaying back that largesse of capital. It is evident Republican political capital is on the wane. But expect resistance from Republicans on waning financial capital. That is what this is all about.

    February 10, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Beverly, NYC

    Didn't they learn from the election that Robo calls don't work. Stay the course senators Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. You have shown true courage putting America first. Your other colleagues do not realize yet that your party is becoming irrelevant. Messers McCain, Boehner, Mitchell & Graham how can you spend 10 million a month, for 7 yrs on foreign soil, then claim fiscal responsibility when it comes to investing in America. Keep voting NO, 2010 elections are coming and soon it will be our turn.

    February 10, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. RAG

    Sounds like an Al Qaeda plot to me.

    February 10, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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