February 12th, 2009
05:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Gregg: 'I'm sure' I upset the White House

(CNN) - New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg acknowledged the White House is likely upset with him because he did not vote on the stimulus bill.

“I’m sure that’s true," Gregg said, adding he decided not vote for the White House-backed measure “because I gave my word to people.”


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  1. John

    I am a Canadian who has been watching this fiasco for the past month. I just can't seem to stop laughing at the Republican Party in your country. I'm sorry, but I just don't get it. Is there one person in this entire party with one ounce of intelligence? They seem to me and every other person in this world and 65% of Americans, like they are shooting themselves in the foot. Someone please explain to me why do they keep pulling the noose tighter and tighter around their necks. If the GOP keep this up, they will be lucky to have even 5 or 6 representatives win in the next election. I am not sure who is advising the GOP on how to win elections, but whoever it may be, must be a Democrat. There can be no other explanation why Republicans are commiting suicide. Tell you what GOP. I will become your political stratigist for a nice heafty sum. I couldn't do any worst than whoever is calling the shots right now. Trust me, a Comedy skit artist couldn't come up with this stuff in real life.

    February 12, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. annie

    USA wake up and be behind obama or lose the power and follow as you can not lead the World any more if you are not united tourselves as americans and therefore, you can not stand for the world economy recovery and the world will not wait after Republicans nor Dems . The World will invent a new way if you are so much lost with tax problems for politicians and discord policies and ignorance of economy of GOP.

    February 12, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Just a member of the wrecking crew that hopes to gain political points if the Nation fails to get out of the mess relatively quickly. They made the mess and do not want to help in cleaning it up. They cannot be trusted. By seeking the position and later rejecting it proves Gregg to be unworthy of the position.A pitiful human being who does not know his own mind.

    February 12, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. annie

    USA wake up and be behind obama or lose the power and follow as you can not lead the World any more if you are not united yourselves as americans and therefore, you can not stand for the world economy recovery and the world will not wait after Republicans nor Dems . The World will invent a new way if you are so much lost with tax problems for politicians and discord policies and ignorance of economy of GOP.

    February 12, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Jon Davis

    Gregg did NOTHING but rubber stamp Bush's disastrous policies for eight years. So how could Obama expect anything from Gregg except deception and dishonesty?

    February 12, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. kaz

    The democrats got what they deserved and lost a very brilliant man.
    They reap what they so. They tried to tauske oversight of the census away and make him look like an idiot. Now we have the pleasure of having him back. i knew that Gregg had more of a consious and the Stimulus was the last straw. He saw how the Republicans were being treated by Peolis and the dems and he couldn't take it. THank you Senator Gregg we welcome you back.

    February 12, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. Jen

    PC – the difference between Maj and (all) the senators: the senators know they will have those things tomorrow.... Maj, you, me and any other person on this ticker have no idea if these things will be available to us tomorrow, simply because of the spiralling unemployment.
    It is a "who is the next to go" game at most jobs.
    And unless we plan on having 14 kids while living off welfare, food stamps and $50K worth of student loan debt, we may not have a place to eat etc when we are the "who" in the "who is next to go" game.

    February 12, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Carl Justus

    The who is humiliated is Gregg. If he did not intend to fulfill his commitment then he should not have campaigned for the position.
    If he thought he would get the position and tell Obama how to run the country, he is dumber than Bush and that is really dumb in my book.
    Gregg showed he is a manby pamby and it is good he withdrew his name for he would have been fired the first month and that really would have been humiliating.

    February 12, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. sue

    The white house is upset that they said yes to you to begin with...obviously this person is not a team player-and his only concern is to his all mighty party...the republican party is turning into a cult...we need people who are for America-gregg can go back to the senate with the rest of his old boys.

    February 12, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Matt

    Gregg showed common sense to turn down a job that had no power, no authority and the nomination was strictly to remove him as a voice of opposition so that he can remain a Senator and actually have power.

    Not everyone is so hungry for a carrot from Obama like Hillary was and just jumps at the job. Hillary is the SOS of what? They put Special Envoys to every country in the middle east. So what is she in charge of? our relations with Lithuania?

    Gregg put his people who elected him before his presidents ego of fearing a voice of opposition.

    February 12, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. sue

    Now I want the most liberal person the white house could find for commerce sec....or how about a muslim female who is a single mother & has had an abortion-smokes pot and is a lesbian.

    February 12, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  12. JON

    LIAR .... you gave your word...please ...how about your word when you went to Obama for the job... Your REPUB senators and reps. told you what to do. Your word This is why I can't stand the GOP

    February 12, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  13. R in Maine

    Why should they be upset that you have revealed that you are utterly untrustworthy? How lucky that are that you left now.

    February 12, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. Texas Teacher

    Look, I talk to a lot of people in the Republican state of Texas! I never hear anyone say the Republicans are so wonderful... that we are sorry that Obama got elected! No, we all know in Texas that the only reason this is Republican state is because of the crooked gerrymandering the Republicans saw to! No... the people all around me are for Obama.... even if they did not vote for him... it is only the Repubs on here who are raggin' on him! Pfffft... and who cares! It is the voice of the People that counts. Not some Republican who can not read the writing on the wall! Too bad.... so sad... .boohoo... you lost! I cannot say it enough! YOU LOST because we voted AGAINST you and YOUR POLICIES!

    February 12, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. Willa

    To implement a successful cultural change in Washington, the change agent needs the support of others who embrace the change process and the new ways of thinking. Unfortunately, many Republicans are 'entrenched' in their old ways. It's in their DNA. It's commendable to want to include them but it's another thing to deliberately appoint someone who will most likely obstruct the change process. Playing nice on someone else's team may be too much to ask.

    February 13, 2009 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  16. Lynn in NM

    Good for him. If more people would do what their conscience dictated, we wouldn't be in this mess. Good man!

    February 13, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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