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. Dex Dean

    More of the same old boy network in Washington, The problem is that the bulk of them are attorneys who have limited, if any work, experience to connect themselves to main street with their mind set to keep stirring the pot without any real resolution. We ought to clear them all out and put small business owners in charge who know what it is to value every nickel of cash flow, travel on a shoe string and provide customer service. Answer, abolish the party system and vote in the best person, then they will work together as there is no self serving interest to their party of choice, only then will the people's interest truly be served! We are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore! Small Business Owner!

    February 12, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Tommy

    Is anyone surprised. He's a republican after all. He couldn't vote against his party.

    The republican motto: Party over country!

    Aim high repubs!

    February 12, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. NC Paralegal

    Good Riddens ... Your team lost and you are still thinking like a loser

    February 12, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Chad

    Rush wants Obama's policies to fail. Who doesn't? Look at the Porkulus bill that doesn't create one job.

    February 12, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. natasha in tally

    Good bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Al

    He most like will not be the only republican that stabs our president in the back. The GOP are a joke and I hope Americans wake up.

    February 12, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Former Republican Voter

    Actually, Gregg, you upset me. I am the people.

    You lobbied your heart out to get to this very important position in particular at this given time – and now there, you all of a sudden realized that it was 'not your cup of tea'? Or was it too overwhelming to break ranks? Its not just "too bad" – What a waste of our tax dollars and precious time. Shameful.

    February 12, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Kathy in Florida

    Mr. President, I sure hope this teaches you a lesson...Stay away from these repugs. They didn't vote you into office....I am sure there are many qualified women and minorities for this position that you have overlooked.

    February 12, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Franky

    You know, is funny because I guess Robert Gates also should leave as well. If republicans don't wanna work, then say it and don't complain...

    February 12, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. abc

    wow, a minute later he's putting his sudden, unprofessional withdraw on blaming the White House being upset he didn't support the stimulus? that's a great political spin, sure proves he's been in DC long, way long enough to pull this nasty bigotry. now, he wants White House to shoulder his own action?

    i'm glad he won't in the picture after seeing his true color, was expecting a good mix of bi-partisanship in the cabinet, but don't need extra glaze on our already worsening domestic issues.

    it's not a loss for the president, it's a win for the people not having a senator with no caliber representing our country on a global scale.

    February 12, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    Fractured Republicans. They lack direction and leadership. No clear leader, No clear focus, No clear message, No new direction. They are currently in a unified holding pattern, unsure of what to do, so they just say "No."

    February 12, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. Franklin

    Didn't he give his word to the people of New Hampshire to represent them?

    February 12, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. fishtxo

    Finally. Even though it took him a week to make up his mind, Judd decided that principles were more important than political expediency. No matter how hard he tried he just couldn't be an Obama lap dog. Makes him someone that I would consider for Presidency in future.

    February 12, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Pam

    Let's just say that come 2010, there will be very little of the color red in BOTH the House and the Senate. If the republicants want to further drag this country down, then we will get them ALL out of office.

    February 12, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. J French

    Dear Mr. Gregg,

    I am sure the White House is far more disturbed about your failure to provide any indication of cooperation or positive input to the stimulus bill, as a member of the Senate, in order to address the severe economic problems currently facing the United States. You, sir, are an elected member of the United States Senate and are responsible to all the citizens of the United States. Shame on YOU for allowing a few ignorant republican party bosses to dictate to you!!

    February 12, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. William Stephan

    The administration has lied to us. There is no transparency. The stimulus package is being made in secret; even the press has not seen it

    The President is now taking the national census away from the Commerce Department so the data can be manipulated to deprive us of our voting rights.

    It's time to march on Washington !!!!!!!
    !

    February 12, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Amina

    This is a weak move and does not put him in a very good light...unless something negative surfaces from the vetting process. I hope the Republicans have not orchestrated this move to undermine Pres. Obama just to gain political points.

    February 12, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Justin

    I don't want to hear any crying about lack of bipartisanship... the job was offerred and turned down to stay in lockstep with the party of denial (republicans just don't understand the world is different then it was even 6 months ago.)

    February 12, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. S Callahan

    Upset is probably not the word to use. Disappointment would be more appropriate.

    This reflects more on Gregg than Obama. It's historically known he sought, and wanted , this position. The Obama adminstration trusted him to hang tough and he could not. I'm sure Gregg was under undue pressure from the Repubs who just can't figure out how to get along anymore.....this is the really sad thing out of it all. The public does not want to be divisive..and the role modeling going on in OUR House and Senate is just stomach turning!

    February 12, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Concerned citizen

    I'am sure he received relentless pressure from his fellow republicans who are banking on president Obama to fail in his stimulus bill and his policies.They have nothing else to offer but the same ole Bush and Cheney mentality that put us in the crisis we are in today.
    There goal is to regain office in 2012 at any cost! The american people and the country are far from there concern here.They are only concerned about regaining power.
    Little do they realize it is this exact position they are taking and have for a long time that lost the trust of the people and caused the american people to rise and defeat them in this election as they will in 2012!
    Let the people speak!

    February 12, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. Franky

    And by the way, I ain't talking about the bill, we didn't even hear from this prick during the process, who gives a s- about him. And now is because he didn't vote for it...you know, this is the type of talk that people get shot for.

    February 12, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. chuck

    PEOPLE LIKE JOHN MCCAIN SHOULD BE CHASED OUT OF ARIZONA AND THE SENATE. HE IS N- F---– G---.

    February 12, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. tom

    Well Lush, exactly how different is that from the last 8 years of liberals wanting Bush to fail (not that he needed the help). Why is it that you hypocrites keep forgetting that now that the messiah has been elected and you want OUR support.

    February 12, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. Lesley

    He gave his word to people alright - the GOP. They control every Republican and tell them what to think and how to vote. They are becoming a group of mindless sheep who aren't allowed to think for themselves. Break out the kool aid.

    February 12, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    I hope and expect the President to gain greater strength through his trials and travails, just as President Lincoln accomplished during his Presidency. Bad news creates strength in the worlds of those who never quit

    February 12, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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