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. Carla B.

    If some of these robotic Republicans want to ruin the country further, go ahead. They are criminals.

    February 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Obama 2.0

    It is theft for McCain to sit there with hands folded doing nothing to help Amercans. But I must say it is consistent with his voting record for Veterans.

    February 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. No we can't

    So you are happy to stick our kids and our kid's kids with the bill for our problems. I do not want my son to have to pay for my mistakes – leave the world a better place, remember.

    February 10, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Darryl

    Let us stop temporary put an end to the H-1 visa program. Stop the Big company outsourcing American Jobs. increase boarder security and increase the deportation of the illegal Immigrants this will create new jobs and improve the living standard for all true "Americans"....

    Stop the Talk and lets have action....

    February 10, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Yes we can - AMEN!

    my brother has lost his job of 25 years. He was faithful and dutiful yet they closed his plant without notice. I am apalled that the Republican party does not see the urgency of this matter. The Alaskan people pay ing 20.00 for a diozen eggs breaks my heart. I feed the hungry every week. The rise in our clients is sad. Thank God we still have the resources to feed the growing number of our hungry people. I cannot believe this is actually happening, yet I know the resilance of the Amercain people. I know that God is with President Obama. Nothing will stop him from helping the people. I am ashamed that I ever voted Republican in my life. I am praying for my relative as well as all of the people that are now without work. God forgive the Republican Party.

    February 10, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Hammer

    These three senators sold their vote for a few pieces of silver. What A shame, but in Washington that is called politics as usual.
    In Chicago they impeached a governor for the same politics, there is was called unforgivable.

    February 10, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Melissa

    Robocalls need to be made illegal.

    February 10, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. dwayne1523@yahoo.com

    If you can, notice they didn't mention how we got to this point in the first place.

    Tell them to robo-call these questions...Why is our food higher than a Georgia Pine? Why all of a sudden are corporations cutting jobs instead of Major pay? Who was in office when all this stuff began to take place, and who did absolutely nothing while in office nor to stimulate the ailing economy that he allowed to tumble? My bad, yes Bush 43 wanted almost the same amount of money for Wall Street right? Why aren't the robo-calls asking why do we not want money for the American people but for Wall Street, and why are we trying to stop the new President from doing the right thing with the money and doing a great job? Because... we can't let someone do the right thing and get stuff back to normal, that would only open the flood-gates for truthful, honest, lagitimate policies which would cripple the policies of the past and the boys in D.C. might have to start slashing their own budgets. How scary is that boys?

    You better throw out some more propaganda robo-calls. The thing is once you start lying, cheating, stealing, and just being deceitful...well you pretty much have to stay that way once the greed sets in until someone takes you down a noch or until you get really smart and just change your ways. We see these things, this is why we chose change. This is why we vote in more Democrats next election.

    February 10, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. anon

    I also have a hunch that the repugs have recruited some people to blog on CNN ... These people, no matter what the subject is, recite hate and repeat the vile over and over ...

    February 10, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Dan, TX

    How about actual voters calling? Oops, real voters support the bill. GOP=RIP

    February 10, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. 1/20/13

    The bill has more pork in it then Barney Frank on a Saturday Night

    February 10, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. J.P.

    Spector, buddy, you're done. Look for a nice home in Florida and pack your bags, because we're replacing you.

    Please be a dear and send the message on to Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

    February 10, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. J. Dean


    February 10, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. joe citizen abroad

    The robocalls should be directed to Nancy Pelosi's office. This isn't President Obama's stimulus package. This is the Democratic Congress's pork package.

    February 10, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. David in KC

    Fascinating how socialism is employed to resusitate capitalism when it falls flat on it's face. They're like two drunken brothers. They can't survive without eachother.

    February 10, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Jill

    Sure, and you know what – I bet a lot of folks have a lot of free time on their hands to make the calls to their reps because their jobs are gone. It's awful stupid to be playing political games while the country is virtually hemmoraging jobs. The gop would rather take the president down in what they think is a political coup – sad part is that they'd be taking us all down with them. The gop notion that tax cuts can save the day is just flat wrong. If it were true we wouldn't be in this position.

    February 10, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Erika, KS

    They should all vote against this bill. It's a pet projects pork spending spree, that's all it is! Corporations do not need the help. The taxpayer does! What a bunch of idiots. This bill set forth by the dems is equally as irresponsible as the sky high deficits that Bush created. Help the people! This bill does not do that. The dems should be ashamed.

    February 10, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. ran

    If the republicans would spend half as much time helping Obama get us out of this mess as they spend in try to defeat any plan that does not help their ideologies we could get this great country back on the right track.

    February 10, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. joe six pack

    This guy is a perfect example why TERM LIMITS are needed!!!

    February 10, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. KJ, CA

    Robocalls??? The Republicans are paying for what Obama supporters are doing as real people. Come on – let's get real here. Do you want to do the will of the people or the will of a party?

    February 10, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Dave

    So what's in it for Specter? I am tired of these elected representatives that no longer listen to the public voice. This is going to equate to the old "taxation without representation" and we all know what happend with that. Start listening to the majority and you won't have a probelm. But you have one because there is an endgame at play here that goes against the public will.

    February 10, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. ex-Republican

    Yeah, soooo, lets just do what all of these ultra-conservatives really want the government to do...NOTHING!! Thank God FDR didn't have that attitude back in the 30's!

    Let's face it....the one's who are doing all the complaining, without offering any other alternatives to get our country out of this deep HOLE (the one Obama INHERITED) are basically the greedy rich who refuse to give up one extra $

    February 10, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Matthew, Houston, TX

    That's right, call your congressman, call your senator and tell them to delay, delay, delay while 19,000 people lose their jobs everyday. Tell them that we should be following the failed 'tax cuts for the wealthy, trickle-down economics' that got us here in the first place. Call them and tell them you want them to vote against your own best interests.

    Oh yes, call your congressman and senator and tell them what we want you to because we really don't care about what's best for you, just what's best for us rich people.

    (For you right wingnuts out there, this was sarcasm)

    February 10, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. tim

    Are you kidding me? Our political system is nothing but a joke.

    February 10, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Angi's mom


    February 10, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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