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. Carole

    America you are all spinning with your opnions, you don't have a clue
    but instead of complaining start praying and ask GOD, he will fight
    your battles. Republicans, Democrats, Wall Street, Main Street,
    are just human beings with opnions not proof. GOD has chosen our new president for such a time as this. He is an all knowing GOD
    so instead of trying to figure it out, remember that GOD has already
    worked it out. America put your hands in GOD's hand and let him lead you and our new president.

    February 10, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Steve

    I love how the Republicans enforce ideological purity in their party. They'd make great Communists!

    February 10, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. VPDesign

    I was a former Repub. that supported Obama. However, Mr. President, you need to get out from in front of the camera and back to your desk to see what and who is cutting what on this stimulus. Where is your line by line review. I just looked at the list of stimulus items that got "trimmed' and those that got "eliminated"....looks like the feds are lining their pet projects and cutting children's/education projects. So NOT cool. Federal & FBI construction will only benefit government contractors while school construction projects would benefit many local private sector economies. Who the heck is deciding on what gets cut...that person needs to be fired! This looks more like BIG Government that Dems are notorious for.

    February 10, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. 1/20/13

    For all you libs telling us conservatives to leave the country, are you going to print money for ever?????We seem to be the only one paying taxes. How would a liberal country operate when many of you have never worked a day in your life.

    Put a 100 liberals on an island check back in a 100 years my guess they would all be gone. Put 100 conservatives on an island and check back I bet you have a thriving society

    February 10, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Mike in Ca

    To the "uninformed" Randy S. stop spouting talking points from Fox. That's not being informed. 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 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Larry

    I can only HOPE this works ,and the American people will be saved from a long and deep depression that this bill will cause.

    February 10, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Phil

    Don't you love how the dems(probably 95% on this board) do nothing but name call. Never can they spit out a single fact. Only name calling like you do in 2nd grade is all they are capable of. If you spent more time getting facts instead of just spouting out worthless diabtribes, you might start to understand why America has fallen behind in the education game. Stop making asinine remarks like a 10 year old and get some facts to back up your useless rants. Tell me how the Republicans ruined us economically? Tell me all the bills that Bush vetoed by a democratic congress that would have made America the Utopia it should be? Explain to me how it was the democrats who initiated the mortgage crisis, yet the republicans are the ones you cast blame at? Instead of just saying, "Repubs ruined this country," tell us how??? Stupid is as stupid does.

    February 10, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Beth in PHILLY

    I LOVE Arlen Spector and have ALWAYS been proud of his commitment to the people of Pennsylvania. Here is a man that listens to his constituants consistantly and regardless of party lines. I vote for him everytime and I have never been disappointed by his actions. I know he will make an informed decision and I trust he will make the one HE believes is right – without regard for what any Republican or Democrat says.

    If anyone commenting on this article knew anything about who Arlen Spector really is, they wouldn't be saying any of these things.

    REPUBLICAN and DEMOCRAT are just names – we are ALL AMERICANS!

    February 10, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Kevin Johnson

    The interestinig thing aspect is how quickly Congress and the Senate went to their natural tendencies. Instead of truly working together, they retreated to party politics. The Republicans went spouting off about tax cuts. We have treid that and we went from a budget surplus to a defecit in 6-8 years. Democrats in Congress lost their minds by wanting to spend on programs that would not generate jobs nor put money inpeople's pockets. There has been a clear lack of leadership in Congress and the Senate. These 3 senators and Sen. Nelson have shown true leadership by putting the country ahead of the party. I don't agree with the 3 Republican senators on a number of issues but I have a new found respect for them as leaders. As a Democrat, I am deeply disappointed in Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Reid. Sen. Shelby is the Republican equilavent of Sen. Reid. The current Senate plan seems to have the right mix of spending and tax cuts. I am not happy we are being forced into this situation but I do believe action is necessary.

    February 10, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. sky

    of course...because they are all sorta like...you know....puppets

    February 10, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Lesley

    Look at how (un)successful robocalls were for the Repubs in the election. Proof positive that they never learn anything by past mistakes.

    February 10, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. John in Ohio

    As others have stated ....
    Its amazing that all these Fiscally Reponsible GOPers, didn't say squat when it came to blowing Billions on infrastructure in Iraq or Afghanistan. Not to mention the amount of money spent on the actual war effort itself

    More money has been spent for their (Iranians) benefit than was or has been used to help & rebuild New Orleans. I know its hard to remember that event since it was upstaged by John McCains birthday party!

    Weren't these "Conservatives" elected to look after Our interest first & foremost?

    So to all you whinners crying about the debt being put on your grandchildren ... where were you when GWB commited OUR tax dollars to Iran and Afghanistan ... what about the $100 Billion promised to Georgia (the country) to help rebuild after they picked a fight with Russia.

    February 10, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Minnesotan

    Is there really any difference between a prerecorded robo-call and a living Republican? Not really. Both are soulless automatons blindly following orders.... just like Communists.

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. slickingdom in N.J.

    Once again, the republicans harnessing technology at it's finest...Trying
    to use persuasive and divisive means to get their way. We've tried
    the republican way for 8 years and look where it has gotten us. The
    republicans have NO CREDIBILITY on this one.

    February 10, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. John in Ohio

    Oops ... sorry typo
    Replace Iran with Iraq

    February 10, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Bill

    Thank you Senator Spector for supporting the President!

    February 10, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. J

    Even the Republicans ( inc. McCain) appologize for the partisan was they treated Democrats the past 8 years when they called the shots-- Now they apologize, admit their partisanship, and expect "bigones to be bigones" !!!!!!!!! Just meet half-way, agree to what I say, and we`ll all get along.-----– Sorry, that bird doesn`t fly anymore after where they led the economy. Those " conservative" Republicans spent us into a hole.

    February 10, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Steve

    What a bunch of petty, ignorant jerks these people are. Their true character (or lack thereof) is surfacing. They have no solutions, no insight, just hatred. They do not care about you or me, just their own limited agenda. They do not learn from history and do not want any challenges to their ideas. Gee, sounds familiar doesn't it? These are the people that turn totalitarian.

    February 10, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Spirit of America

    Goodbye Republican Party.

    February 10, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. yoopertom

    It seems as though our representatives are more involved in the cult of personality than governance. They are to reflect the will of the people. We have too many speaking out on personal or philosphical agendas than for those who elected them. I voted Repbulican, always have, but I don't like the diatribes coming from those vain conservatives trying to speak for me. After all who lost the election? I don't like the spending that is in the current bill, but I say yea to those few Republicans who have been trying to stem the tide instead of just saying NO! Pelosi is just as far the other direction as those conservative critics. Shame on her too.

    TJF

    February 10, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. RB NJ

    Ignorance is BLISS.........all the shouting from the PUBS elected officials about SPENDING? DAH ...how in the world did this country create such a large deficit???? SPENDING EIGHT years!!! Borrowing EIGHT years!! They approved it for six years while in control of HOUSE & SENATE. Stop lying! If there wasn't OUT of CONTROL SPENDING this country would not be in this MESS. OVERSIGHT..None for eight years. G.W. Bush was not held accountable for eight years yet Obama is being questioned about THREE WEEKS! ONLY in AMERICA

    February 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Josh

    They just won't stop amazing me. These are trully sick people. They so badly want our President to fail that they are reverting their old dirty tricks against their own. This is sad. Who is patriotic, America?
    The right wing nuts or those who put their country first? I think thses three Senators have put this blessed country first.
    May God Bless all three of them.

    February 10, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Ryan S in KC

    70 percent of Americans support the stimulus bill, so I have a difficult time understanding where contentions of American dissatisfaction are coming from. (Given the 30% who don't are the same people who supported George Bush until the end of his presidency)

    We need it, America needs it, so let's see it done.

    And kudos to Senator McCaskill and President Obama for putting Wall Street in its place.

    February 10, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. chuck

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE IN BIG TROUBLE WITH THIS PRESIDENT. THIS IS NOT AN IDIOT LIKE GEORGE BUSH,THIS IS THE REAL DEAL.

    February 10, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    GOP= The party of irrelevant blowhards who still believe the Earth is flat!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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