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. Ryan S in KC

    JP, appealing to emotion with such rhetoric is a logical fallacy. Would it be too much to ask that you make a coherent argument?

    February 10, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Dennis in Millbrae, CA

    And where were all these fine Republican fiscal conservatives when Bush was paying billions for the Iraq war through supplemental appropriations rather than through the normal budget, enriching Cheney's former firm, Halliburton, with no bid contracts, and the Wall Street Republican scions were ripping off investors to the tune of trillions. The Republicans in Congress have forfeited their right to second guess. One thing that is never raised in the discussions about the economic meltdown is the cost of social unrest and the cost to repair broken lives if we do nothing and unemployment goes to 15% or higher.

    February 10, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. J

    Just remember--- Necessary spending – money for me. Pork – money for someone else.

    February 10, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Karen- Change is coming

    The GOP are nothing more than a bunch of old stuff white men who do not want change.

    February 10, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Sen. John McCain aka Keating 5 calls the package "generational theft". Honorable John McCain why don't you tell us how much of a parachute package did your son get from failed Silver Bank of Arizona in July, 2008 and also how much money you got from the theft of Lincoln Savings and were allowed to walk free while Charles Keating and his son went to prison. McCain did you get your investment out of Silver Bank before it failed and didn't advise tax payers of it's failure, how about answering some questions instead of being a theif and obstructionist.

    February 10, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Marie ..the independent

    So, now the republicans who are voting for "the people" instead of thier party are being threatned ! well, I watch cspan, and for sure I will remember every republican who is holding this up and making threats to others in thier own party, and will work my butt off to make sure nONE of them get relected ! How dare them ! they are not FOR we the people !

    February 10, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Jay

    I hate robocalls they are annoying!

    February 10, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. C


    February 10, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Bob in Pa

    Specter and Casey both Ignore calls and emails from their constituents. Use Specter's contact form and you don't even get an autoreply to acknowlege.

    February 10, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. payback

    I would like to make a point. Wasn't it "w", who was in denial about the country being in a reccession? Also didn't john mccain, say the fundamentals of our economy are sound? Just asking a few questions. If this is the case. How is it the economy is in the tank. Or is it , I'am just dreaming. When, I wake up, from my dream. Everyone, has a home, a car, and of course a job. Please, tell me everything is fine. And we don't have fix anything. Because the republicans said so..............................

    February 10, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Zaley

    Reppublicans doing what they know best. Dirty politics is fading to only losers!

    February 10, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Marie ..the independent

    sure is a LOT of paid republicans on here today voicing threats and hate !!! no wonder repub party is doomed !!!

    February 10, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. BRETT

    Does this type of politics really surprise anyone? Come on, Republicans are DIRTY!
    VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. barbara

    The group doing this is called Let Freedom Ring, However, they are trying to take the three senator's right to vote as they see fit away from them. I don't think that is letting freedom ring!

    February 10, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    @ Randy S.

    To translate what you said: Everyone agrees that we need a stimulus bill, but the GOP thinks it should be entirely tax cuts bcause (1) they believe that's the answer to everything and (2) they want Obama's administration and the Dem-controlled House and Senate to have zero capital with which to get anythign done for 4 years, so they can campaign on that premise in 2012.

    February 10, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Meanwhile, the entire blogging community of GOPers has decided to throw Webster's and the Oxford English dictionary out the window, favoring re-defining words like "pork" and "socialism" to suit their purposes, rather than using them in a manner that indicates they understand what they mean.

    February 10, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Jm in PA

    Specter is not a Republican. He is not a Conservative. The man's health has been declining rapidly, and to be honest, it is time for him to go (from the Senate, I mean, I wish no one ill will). What's he done for PA? I am sick of him, and I will campaign wholeheartedly AGAINST him. Anyone is better than him at this point.

    February 10, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. mfelder


    We keep going back and forth about whose fault it is that we are in this situation. That back and forth will not solve our problem. We have a 1 trillion dollar hole in this economy. This package will plug up that hole and allow us the opportunity to build confidence back in the economy. As an individual, ask yourself what will it take for you to spend money in this economy again. Why aren't you spending money? Businesses, why are you laying off people. Is it because you have products that no one is purchasing. This is about supply and demand. Many business have products sitting on the shelf, but no one is buying, because people who generally spend money in this economy do not have the money to purchase. Most American never really had the salaries that allowed them the purchasing power that credit cards provided. Unless, business start paying decent wages, this economy will remain stagnant.

    February 10, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. kendal

    Why are they wasting money on states that voted overwhelming for Obama? Isn't this pork?

    February 10, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. John

    Robo-calls pressure GOP senators?

    That's because the GOP creates robo-voter mentality.

    February 10, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    The 3 independent Republicans should borrow a line from Clint Eastwood and tell the Robo-calling anti American "conservative" group to, "Make My Day" in response to their threats to bully their constituents to backlash against them. Listening to McConnell, Alexander, Ensign and the rest of those corrupt Republicans go on and on with their partisan nonsense only shines a light on their self-serving special-interest mentality. I think the 3 brave Republicans should be honored as true Americans who care about their country and not let it sink further in order to make Obama look bad. The Republicans harmed this country and now, maybe it was no accident. Look how they want to continue their disastrous ways. The whole country is watching this. The only ones who agree with these thugs are their pals in the weapons, health insurance, and oil industries.

    February 10, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. obambi

    And lo0k who is calling the repubs "bullies"! None other than Pelosi and Reid supporters–the ones who spewed hatred for Pres Bush for 8 years!

    February 10, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Gene

    The republicans never learn. These Robocalls are the most annoying way to get your point across, and often push people the opposite direction. It's amazing.. they tried the Robocalls during the elections, those calls probably lost them more votes than they gained, and now they're going back to the same bad idea.

    Soon the republican party is going to be like the libertarian party or the green party... insignificant. And if the stimulus package works and people are feeling more secure with their finances... I think you'll find both house and senate losing another 25% of the republicans currently holding office.

    February 10, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Viv, Utah

    If this bill is really a good idea, lets have a line by line review, showing how many jobs each will create and how much. Is that really too much to ask

    February 10, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. chuck

    As a Pennsylvania democrat I will make sure that myself and whoever I can influence will re-elect Senator Spector as he has been a real republican in the sense that he has shown the ability to be bipartisan. I think the republican party needs to hope and pray that the stimulus package doesn't work, because if it does they will all be out of a job come 2010. Obstuctionism will not be tolerated in the USA any more. The people spoke loud and clear on November 4th and for those who want to do nothing but be critical with no plan of their own, you will be the next ones out of a job. It just shows that the republican party ideology has not changed at all. The party of the few who like to be angry.

    February 10, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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