February 12th, 2009
05:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Gregg decision came after talks with GOP leaders

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A Republican aide familiar with Judd Gregg's decision to withdraw from consideration says the New Hampshire senator has been privately consulting with GOP leaders about this move for the “past couple of days” before making final decision today.

And a Republican source close to Gregg says the "census tipped things," adding to increasing "worries about his seat at the table" - that Gregg might be marginalized “basically if on any issue important to Democratic constituencies they are on one side and Judd is on the other, he is muted.

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  1. BARBEE

    Mr. President, please select someone with the courage to stand up for the American people, someone who is not afraid to stand up and disagree with the leadership, but has the grace to do the job before him/her. POOR MR. GREGG, wanted the job, but is not qualified, because had he been so, he would have stood you shoe to shoe and said Mr. President, I will accept the position if you feel I can handle it, but I will always let you know when I disagree with your policy, that ou as president have the right to impliment. Not everyone can be a leader, and not everyone is able to look a head for the good of the country. Man y of the Republicans look silly and selfish. They sat by why President Bush took us into two wars with TAX CUTS. n

    February 12, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Adam

    I hope the media and everyone else starts addressing the GOP as they should be. They are no longer the Grand Ole Party. They are now and forever will be the Grand Obstructionist Party. So call them as they are. They have worked long and hard for this title. They've earned it.

    February 12, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Meka

    After the Republican's realized that, Gregg would not have Control of the Census . . .

    HHHUUUMMM !!!

    February 12, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. chuck

    JOHN MCCAIN IS LIKE A POISONOUS GAS IN THE SENATE. HE MUST BE KICKED OUT OF THERE NOW. I CALL ON ALL THE PEOPLE IN ARIZONA TO KICK THIS IDIOT OUT OF THEIR STATE IMMEDIATELY.

    February 12, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. EBC, MD

    I HOPE THESE GOP CLOWNS....

    ENJOY GETTING A PAYCHECK FOR NOW....

    ENJOY HAVING A JOB FOR NOW..

    ENJOY THEIR HEALTHCARE FOR NOW...

    ENJOY BEING ABLE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR NOW...

    ENJOY ALL THOSE THINGS THEY DENIED MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES BY VOTING "NO" ON THE STIMULUS PACKAGE AND ON EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING ELSE.

    2010 WILL COME SOON ENOUGH.....AND THE CLOCK IS TICKING FASTER THAN EVER.....

    February 12, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. BARBEE

    Mr. Gregg, you will never know if you could have been a man to make a difference. I think it is a good thing that you quit now, because who needs a quitter when things get tough. You would have been in a key position to be a voice of descent when you thought the president was vering too far left. Oh! forgive me, you guys only follow leaders who want you as yes men. Well, it is great for the Republican party, who are terrified of the word bipartisian when it means anything but TAX CUTS. I was foolish enough to think you were A

    February 12, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Rachel

    Was there a hidden agenda when Judd Gregg requested to be considered for the position? How much do the Republicans want President Obama to reach out? It is time they adapted to change and actually having a different rule in the government.

    As bad as this looks for the President, he should keep on doing what he is doing....his rating is up. There are many capable and intelligent people out there who CAN DO the job.

    Out with the old in with the New!

    Rachel, California

    February 12, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Flo

    Gregg pulls out after speaking with the GOP . Something stinks really bad.

    February 12, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Texas Teacher

    OF COURSE... they grabbed him by the ear and said, "you better get back in line, buddy!" That is how they have controlled things for way WAY too long! It's going to be hard for them to wake up to the fact that we simply DO NOT CARE WHAT THEY WANT or have to say!

    It's over, Republicans! Obama tried to play nice.... .bottom line... YOU LOST... WE WON.... get over it! *LOL*

    February 12, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Texas Teacher

    Greggsy... you have to be reelected! DON'T BANK ON IT! *LOL*

    February 12, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Barbara NY

    Dear President Obama, Please don't waste anymore time asking people that put "Party First" to serve our country. I feel sorry for the people that these jokers represent.

    February 12, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Andrea

    Thank you Gregg! This stimulus is Obama's way of 'paying back' all the favors he took to get into to office, with our tax dollars. What really get's under my skin about the Obamamaniacs is that they truly think Obama was elected because he could bring change,he was elected because he wasn't Bush and he had the media throwing rose petals at his feet every step of the way. He's a good speaker I'll give him that, but that's about it. Now that all the feel good slogans are gone, all we have left is an empty suit and 4 years of broken promises. One question I have for all you kool-aid drinkers is...how long are you going to keep using the 'it's because if Bush-built in excuse? It's getting old, and enough with the "get over it we won" because as far as I know, there weren't any Obama prize packs mailed out.

    February 12, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. Mac

    Gregg is up for re-election in 2010. The Democrats should really target him for defeat.

    February 12, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    I wonder if Rush Limbaugh called him and threaten him.

    February 12, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Nola

    This country is in trouble – it is not time for my party vs your party- the time has arrived when all the people in this country join together and work like heck too restore this country back on track.

    Mr. Gregg does not have a mine of his own – it appears that he is a coward and does not know how to take a stand against the Rep whom seem hell bent on destroying this country

    February 12, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Tim from Eugene OR.

    Glad he stepped down. The pressure that his right wing leadership would have mounted on him would have caused great stife in the cabinet, rather than the honest disagreements that would have come up.
    Back when Boehner wanted to get rid of the Fillabuster I was ok with it since the dems. had no chance of getting their thoughts brought up for a full vote on the floor. I now relly wish the gang of 14 would not have stopped Boehner and we could just get the show on the road.

    We are going down the toilet thanks to Republicans ideas run amuck and now they want to pull the flush handle on the toilet just so some day they might return to power. What a disgrace! GOP = GREEDY OLD POLITIANS

    February 12, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Mary

    what a looser. Instead of putting country first, HE PUT IT LAST.

    Pitty we have such politicians, and pitty those naive folks who elected this guy to begin with.

    February 12, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    CNN: "adding to increasing "worries about his seat at the table" — that Gregg might be marginalized"

    This is the real reason he withdrew. The conservative right has already threatened Spector, Collins and Snow. Another Rushlican had to kneel at the fat feet of Drug Man Rush and grovel to keep from getting their dander up. What a crowd!

    February 12, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. joe

    "He is a rich Moron who just wanted to do just that!"

    Yes, he is. I would also be willing to bet he can put together a coherent sentence
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    lol, I am not English. I speak swahili +5 other languages. But atleast someone can make up what I am saying....

    Sorry will take English lessons...

    February 12, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    mark from NY February 12th, 2009 6:32 pm ET
    he redraws not because the census but because obama is black. he does feel working with a black human being. stupid republican!!!!!!1
    -------
    So now another clueless, ignorant racist chant!

    February 12, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. john

    a little transparent is'nt it

    February 12, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I think President Obama has done more to reach out to the Republicans than anyone, ever. Enough is enough. All they have done is insult his gesture, and try and make him look bad.

    We have plenty of good people in the Democratic Party. Let's just stick with them.

    February 12, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Bill

    I don't believe half of what I read anymore. The news media wont print the facts but they will run articles like this when the man held a press conference and said the reason he was leaving. It wasn't anything to do with the GOP telling him to either, in case you didn't watch it for yourselves.

    Everyone is bent on choosing a party. This man decided not to stand on party lines. He was leaving his senate seat and embracing the new administration.

    His sudden departure – well, I believe what he said was the reason, "it wasn't a good fit for me personally, afterall, but I have a lot of respect for our president and know he will do a good job."

    Nothing more than that folks. No espionage by the repubs, no firing from the dems...just a man who didn't size up the differences in his beliefs and the direction the administration was going. That's all.

    Move on. Stop the childish chatter about attacking him politically just because he tried to leave in a decent and civilized manner.

    February 12, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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