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. j

    The "No We Can't" Party is busy sticking to proven failed policies while the Democrats are going with something that has worked in the past (i.e. Great Depression). Given the choice between failed Republican policies and the Democrats approach, I'll go with the Democrats and the President. I'll welcome any Republicans that can think for themselves and see that there needs to be a change in their group thinking – because what they've done in the past doesn't work and is what got us into this mess in the first place.

    February 10, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. C.T.

    1/20/13, Inbred does not equal thriving. The time for you and those who think like you are done. For the most part, any idiot that talks about paying taxes doesn't make enough money to run their suck. If they did they would be smart enough to invest it, or off-shore. That leaves the remarks made by you to be ignorant and bigoted. Sounds like a island would be nice for you, please fence it.

    February 10, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Matthew, Detroit

    Specter you did not even read the bill. How can you vote yes. Bad news their Arlen. You are terrible.

    February 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. yasmine

    this is amazing.. they are not coming up with any good alternatives but they are doing robot calls.......these are the people who help Bush run this country into the ground..... I agree with someone else said... President Obama.. only give the stimulus to the states that got the support in the Senate and House... those that didn't vote... don't get none........................

    February 10, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. kayla


    February 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Rebecca R.

    Where were all these republicans over the past eight years, when this mess was being brewed? Most of the republican party is responsible for getting us where we are today. So sit down and shut up. You had your chance and you BLEW IT!

    February 10, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. usualone

    Individuals should write to these three Senators, not just because they support the stimulus package, but because they are using their own heads to think about the package. In this day of a divided America, they are three brave people. They are going to be bombarded by negativity for their votes; they should be thanked for not just falling into the fold of the Republican Party. They have guts.

    February 10, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Dave

    That figures. A bunch of robocalls from ditto heads without brains.

    February 10, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. joyce

    I'm wondering if the so called gop braniacs look at any of these blogs and realize how many people are disgusted with them, where were these so called smart people the last 8 yrs. , they have divided this country deeply, i know because there is division in my family, i've been called the devil because of my vote for obama, it's simply ridiculous to think god is a repub or a dem. and to think that liberals just want a handout makes me sick', i.m so thrilled bush is out, my grandchildren, and if i live long enough my greatgrandchildren will KNOW what he and his party did to this country, the people have come out in a peaceful revolution we want change actually i should thank bush and dick for what they did because they gave us President Obama, finally someone smart in the white house .....May God Bless you and your family Mr. President and May God Bless the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    February 10, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Kevin

    You Republicans are getting closer to that window seat on the tourbus and being the next exibit in a museum, aren't you?

    February 10, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. P. Gould

    After reading most of these comments, it's obvious the "politics" of Washington DC has spread throughout the country amongst the people - we the citizens. Isn't it time to stop thinking along party lines and think as an individual for what's best for this country?
    I personally think the stimulus pkg will NOT work. Why? The economy has to run its cycle - it's now on a downward trend to cleanse itself of the overwhelming debt, and government(s) are not able to stop it. History has proven it. Japan gov't tried to stop their recession in the 90's, FDR's New Deal programs in the 30's, and so on ..... and none of them worked. We the people have to roll-up our sleeves, tighten the belt, and use that ol' American perseverance attitude that we'll make it thru this. And we will. But please stop the blame game!

    February 10, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Randy S.

    To Mike in CA:
    If you would read what I said, instead of just knee-jerk reacting, you might get much further in life. I distinctly said, I'm no Bushy, He screwed up big time. But as your Messiah Obama has said, we need to look forward, not backward, something which you Dems can't get your heads around,

    I just posited that throwing more good money after bad doesn't seem like the way to solve the problem. It;'s kinda like 'Hey, there's a fire, let's go see if this gasoline will put it out.'

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with a stimulus bill, that is NOT what this is; this is an agenda driven, policy setting, favor paying back bill. It's the Dems trying to get everything they couldn't for the last 8 years all in one fell swoop. That was not and shouldn't be the driving force behind this bill

    As for me being uninformed, I'll match you to a current events test any day, bud. Should be fun having a battle of wits with an unarmed man.

    February 10, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Jinny Lee

    Oh, God....if I was president I would tell everyone to "kiss my arse"..."you're so smart......you figure it out!" I honestly couldn't deal with the mentality of the human specie.

    February 10, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Deb

    Repubs you are so "yesterday". We seen your type of behavior when Clinton was President.....Today you have become irrelevant

    February 10, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Steph

    Yeah! More robotcalls from complete idiots.

    February 10, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Unita

    The 3 republicans that voted for the stimulus package should be the only republicans that deserve to be in the senate and house. Republicans have completely lost sight of the needs of the american people.

    February 10, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. barbra k

    congratulations to the 3 republican senators for voting for the stimulus.
    the senators didn't go against their republican party. they gave it much
    thought,had much debate. then,they acted in a responsible way and
    voted for it. they served the american people that they were elected to serve. this is not a child's game. this is nothing to be looked at like peer pressure. this for rational thinking adults. arlen spector is not a novice
    when it comes to serving his country. he has ALWAYS been fair. He doesn't pick and play sides. i honestly hope all 3 republican senators
    keep up the good work. maybe more will see the light and join them.
    too bad elections for the senate aren't just a month away. they would be very careful of their words and actions.

    February 10, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. EC, MD



    JUST WATCH THE NEWS.... they are already starting to turn their attacks on each other!!

    The GOP has become the Titanic and they continue to pour water into their already sinking ship!!!


    February 10, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. Vern

    For all those Senators who did not support the bill...I hope you won't take any of the money allocated to your state. The governor of Texas, whatevre is name is, says that he will think about taking some of the money....he is against the bill. All these Republicans are a big joke, they won't support anything a Democrat is for but they don't have one single good idea. Now they want to threaten the 3 Republicans that voted for the bill...how childish is that!

    February 10, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Fed Up With Republican Garbage

    Why am I not surprised?

    The G.O.P. is a complete JOKE, and tactics like this are a big reason why.

    As for the stimulus bill, Democrats (and a few intelligent Republicans) want things to improve in this country and the rest want things to continue to spiral downward.

    Most Republicans need to wake up and get with the program. Doing nothing will fix nothing. Its not that hard to understand.

    February 10, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Mike

    When we went to war in Iraq, who did we go to war with, oh yeah terrorism. Anyway, when we invaded Iraq a common thread was only people who were making any sacrifices were the troops. And then to hear the same folks who weren't scarificng anything commnet, "you signed up for National Guard, you knew what you were getting into".

    Well, maybe now it's time for all of us to pay the piper. All the capital we've poured into spreading democracy in a country, while run by a tyrant, that was pretty stable and provided a natural enemy to Iran, would have gone a long way to funding this issue. But GW and his administration only admitted we had any financial issues more than a year into it. And Greenspan was confounded to find out that markets weren't self regulating.

    How of the conservatives who believe only solution is to reduce taxes, connect the dots for me, how is that going to provide relief? Almost all states are in budgetary crisis because of unfunded programs dumped on them by Bush & Company.

    February 10, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    The GOP is making a big mistake here. We need this stimulus package and if it get stalled people suffering will know who to blame.

    Now the bank bailout on the other hand....

    February 10, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. MN Observer

    When I see the GOP chastise their colleagues that voted for the stimulus bill I want to run out and say I hope your constitutents vote you out of office next time you are up for election for NOT supporting the project to get the US economy up again. Are they and all their families all so rich they don't need to worry about losing their jobs.

    February 10, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Steven Stewart

    I just sent an email to Senator Specter... thanking him for voting YES!

    February 10, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. John from SC

    Well... at least recorded voices do not need food, or health care...

    February 10, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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