February 10th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
5 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. Al, NY NY

    Ray Ray February 10th, 2009 12:06 pm ET
    No robo-caller here… just a pi$$ed off tax-payer tired of MY money bailing out everyone else.

    NO PORK/NO MONEY FOR ACORN/NO MONEY FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD/NO MONEY FOR ABORTIONS WORLDWIDE

    Just say no!
    ---------

    what we have here is a typical tightie Rightie that focuses on the "real Issues" out there of abortion and birth control, with a little towards an entity (while practicing some questionable election tactics) is focused on helping people in their neighborhoods. No word on jobs, savings, etc, just the usual wedge issues that brought the GOP and their "poster girl" Sarah the Lipstick Fido down in flames. If the package had $ going towards forced prayer in school, abstinence only programs (don't work) and contributions to the Family Research Council or some other such group, Ray Ray (or should I say Billy Ray Bob, Cletus) would be all for it

    February 10, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Ray Ray February 10th, 2009 12:06 pm ET

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

    NO PORK

    NO MONEY FOR ACORN

    NO MONEY FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD

    NO MONEY FOR ABORTIONS WORLDWIDE

    Just say no!!
    --------------------------------

    FYI – None of those things are actually in this stimulus package. Maybe you should stop getting your information from Rush Limbaugh.

    February 10, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. RinFL

    Ray Ray: How about looking at the plan? I think that if you did that and did not just parrot others misinformation you would see that your rant is not valid.........Of course neither are your sources for your baseless argument.

    February 10, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. no corporate politics

    Repubs using robo-caller machines.
    Obama using robo-lobbyist fans.

    Battle of the Sheep.
    Common sense is the loser.

    February 10, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Larry

    Don't you understand that the Republicans are TRYING to protect us from a plan that is all but guaranteed to fail at our expense,we don't have money for a do over,let's take our time and do it right the first time

    February 10, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. J.P.

    It should be noted that Obama will sign this Multi-Generational Economic Slavery Bill into law knowing full well that doing so will start the next American Revolution.

    Americans of Integrity will not stand by and allow five generations of future Americans be held captive in Economic Slavey because bleeding hearts thought every Harry Hard-Luck and Sally Sob-Story should own a home regardless of ability to pay for it.

    Upon signing this into law, the new law should be renamed the "Lexington and Concord Law," because that will surely be the only result.

    February 10, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Will R

    Who says the Republican ("GOP B4 Country") Party doesn't know how to use modern technology. Someone should tell RNC Chief Michael Steele about this. He'll probably wet his pants.

    February 10, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Franky

    You know, I doubt they will listen considering the people who took some things off, are by their behalf...plus, they are moderates, they a bit different than Conservatives...

    February 10, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. obama-mama

    I don't see why we need these republicans. Drop them all off at sea including the new RNC Mr. Potato Head

    February 10, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Randy S.

    To M. Taylor: It's actually a great idea and it would actually show the Republicans are sticking up for the taxpayer's. I don't mean us, I mean my granddaughter's generation. Because that's whose money the Democrats are stealing right now.

    If you can't see that, then you're just a blind follower. Enjoy some more kool-ade.

    February 10, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. FreeNLovIt

    I hope the ELEPHANTS are stupid enough to totally vote against the stimulus plan. It will show that they wre willing to give W a blank check to destroy the country, but they're not willing to cooperate to change America for the better.

    February 10, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Brian in NC

    It sure didn't take long for the republican party to go back on it's word (no suprise) of working in a bipartisan manner in order to get the work of the people done. Obama reached out to the republicans, brought 3 onto his staff and has shown that he wants to work together on the problems regardless of party. The republican party has already fallen right back into it's same old, attack anything that isn't their idea or controlled by them. It's sad! This party is so transparent yet they think nobody knows their tactics. That's why they lost and that's why they continue to lose people in their own party.
    In the mean time, the country is suffering and Obama wants to help. He is doing SOMETHING instead of NOTHING! I applaud Specter, Snowe and Collins for their willingness to do what is right for their constituents and our country. I don't like to spend the money any more than anyone else but action is definitely required to get us out of the mess that the republicans got us into!

    February 10, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Maggie from Virginia

    For all who are not in support of the recovery plan, it's not too late to exit the country. Save yourselves! Leave the rebuilding to those that believe in America.

    February 10, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. D_

    Let freedom ring?
    Telling people to do what you want is freedom?
    Kudos to the 3 republicans and shame to the rest.
    As Obama said " When there is a fire, you don't look for a label to see which party they belong, you just grab the hose to put offf the fire"
    That is my President .and the rest -as one republican described " Talibans".
    It is about time to get rid of the Repstupids.

    February 10, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. go away mongers -Ventura CA

    It's not unusual for the right wing-nuts....but they really need to accept the fact that THEY lost and their ways led us into this mess. They need to go away!

    February 10, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Randy S.

    For all uninformed persons commenting in this forum (which is apparently about 95% of you):

    No one has a problem with a stimulus bill, Not Dems, not Reps, not Inds, what the objections are is all the excess money included in this bill that is simply Democrat spending agenda items.
    Even some of those may be entirely legitimate; they just don't belong in this bill. there is a time and a place for such items.

    But if ya'll are OK with Mr. Obama and his Democrat cronies spending your grandchildrens heritage, carry on, ther's much more Kool-ade where that came from.

    February 10, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. New Yorker

    As long as the liberals hold to their "religion" of everyone is entitled to a "free" lunch this country will continue the downward spiral downward. They just can't seem to grasp the fact that someone is paying for that "free" lunch. Well, on the other hand, there are some who do grasp it very well and are quite happy with being freeloaders.

    February 10, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Randy S.

    Nick – Arlington, VA February 10th, 2009 12:33 pm ET

    Ray Ray February 10th, 2009 12:06 pm ET

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

    NO PORK

    NO MONEY FOR ACORN

    NO MONEY FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD

    NO MONEY FOR ABORTIONS WORLDWIDE

    Just say no!!
    ————————————————————————————————

    FYI – None of those things are actually in this stimulus package. Maybe you should stop getting your information from Rush Limbaugh.

    __________________________________________________

    So what you're saying, Nick, is that there is no Pork at all in this bill. Y'know, Ireckon it's time to pull your head out of the sand ant start payin' 'ttention. 'Cuz that's about half of what this bill is comprised of.

    February 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Beverly, NYC

    Hey Governor Palin I found more domestic terrorist, they are calling themselves the Republican Party.

    February 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. New Yorker

    As long as the liberals hold to their "religion" of everyone is entitled to a "free" lunch this country will continue the downward spiral downward. They just can't seem to grasp the fact that someone is paying for that "free" lunch. Well, on the other hand, there are some who do grasp it very well and are quite happy with being freeloaders. Go Robocallers!!!

    February 10, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    OBAMA-MAMA–do i detect a tinge of racism here? Imean a Black Republican is Mr. Potato Head.. Would it be fair to call that other guy Big Ears?

    February 10, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Michael

    I'm from PA. Arlen is on the right side in this one. Don't these people understand that rebuilding infrastructure and investing more money in green technologies means MORE JOBS in the PRIVATE sector?

    February 10, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. REF

    this is not a stimulis bill its a pork and pay back bill dems are robbing from our future for payback today 93 percent of us working 96 or 97 percent are paying their mortgages on time.. times have been a lot worse the 70tys and 82. why on earth are we panicking now to the likes that have never been seen b/4. its because we are selfish and want mommy govt to take care of all our hurts. it makes me sick to see all the blame not put at its proper place. its the dems who promise the world at others expense. their is no free lunch someone has to pay for it. govt does not create wealth they steal it....its been going on for years with the help of some republicians lets grow up now b/4 its too late

    February 10, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Lorraine Hynes

    Republicans just don't get it. Check back on the voting statistics last year. The likes of Limbaugh and a few others are like a broken record. Go away. We don't want you anymore.

    Actually, the majority of us never wanted you. You yakking is old news.

    February 10, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Mike in Ca

    To the "uninformed" Randy S. stop spouting talking points from Fox. and I guess you were OK with Bush spending your grandkids money with all the borrow and spend over the last 8 years

    February 10, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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