February 12th, 2009
05:40 PM ET
9 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. Scott

    Finally someone in Washington that makes decisions based on his values. Kudos to you, sir!

    February 12, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. David S.

    I'd like to upset the White House to, lets see I think Obama is full of lies, is destroying this country with his progressvice agenda and I am fired up and ready to volunteer heavily for the House to go back to the GOP in 2010!

    February 12, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. eanmd

    The republicans are shameless. This guy needs to borrow some political balls form Hillary Clinton. He has been 'Punked' out by his fellow republicans.

    February 12, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Larry

    I am so proud of this politician for standing up and being counted as a hero to our country-we have to stop the madness !!!!

    February 12, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Obama 2012

    Obama doesn't need this jelly-back. I'm glad he is getting out. He thinks he is hurting Obama, but he is actually doing him a favor.

    February 12, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Kayky

    Good, Gregg finally realized that he must follow the leader before he was confirmed. We hear these republicans expressing concerns about the size and content of the package. They might have more creditibility if they had not supported the Bush/Cheney programs that gave this country the biggest deficit and the mess we find ourselves in.

    The reps said that the economy was strong right up to September when Wall street fell apart. Now they want us to believe they know how to fix the problem.

    If the reps continue their mindless partisan voting, then the American people should send them to their sandboxes to play.

    February 12, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Pepper Hanrahan

    Really this is all a good thing. This just shows the depth the Republican party will go to march in lock step. This is an opportunity for the people to see they have no intention of change. Opens an opportunity to ignore them come 2010. I must say it is getting pretty old hearing them say yes we want to help and then don't.

    February 12, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. jason smith

    There isnt an ethical person with any common sense that is going to just 'go along' with this administration.

    February 12, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. One and done Barry

    "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."

    Excuse me ""Lesley" and you other nitwits that I forgot more about politics than you will ever know, "mindless sheep and kool-aid"?

    When one of your "kind" in the Senate stand up to this lying, empty, binkyprompter only speechifier, then you can talk about sheep and koolaid.

    For the record I applauded the 11 Democrats in Congress that showed fortitude by standing up to this uh, uh, uh, "chosen one".

    REPUBLICANS WANT a bill, as do Independents and REAL folks that are Democrats, but they DON'T want this bill.

    This should be a stimulus only bill and that is what we want, not 30 million going to marsh land in Cally for Pelosi.

    Because someone doesn't agree with this pork, does that make them a hater, a racist, or a "Rethuglican", nope, JUST SMARTER THAN YOU Obamabots, and it just proves that you are the real sheep and the wool is being pulled right over your blinded eyes.

    01/22/2013 will be here real soon.

    February 12, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. tishoogle

    Republicans are a bunch of BOZO"S

    February 12, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Babu

    No you did not. The world is better off without the red clans.

    February 12, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. Alana

    This is like high school... except our lives are in the balance. Government officials, stop acting like children!

    February 12, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Ben in Dallas

    Judd Greg could have been an effective force for good during these tough economic times. Instead he caved to the republican trolls who are trying to make hay for the midterm elections. He is elected to serve the people not the republican party.

    February 12, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. jason smith

    Its kinda nice to see a good man reject this opportunity for moral reasons. You dems have given everything away..corrupted yourselves beyond repair..and stand for nothing – Once you use the last of this bailout up – and the people that supplied you no longer are willing to produce- they will be waiting for you outside..good luck.

    February 12, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. KLS

    President Obama has way too much to worry about that Senator Gregg's withdrawl won't be on his radar for too long. The GOP and Rush want our President to fail (which will cause ALL of us to fail too) so I wonder if that was Senator Gregg's plan all along – say YES and say NO to try and make President Obama look bad.

    February 12, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Surely this guy knew going in that the stimulus bill wouldn't be to his liking. He also knew about the census problem.

    Like I heard said, Gregg should not have politicized the position with the Commerce Dept as it is supposed to be apolitical.

    I am glad he is leaving. Obama: third time is a charm.

    Let me choose someone for you.

    February 12, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Ben in Dallas

    Jim in Houston isn't it a little early to be equating Obame with any other president? You must have vast experience in this area.

    February 12, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. HBO

    This is a good thing!!! Anyone that oblivious to the needs of the American people doesn't deserve to be part of the Obama cabinet.

    I thank God for intervening and making sure the President didn't saddle himself with this man.

    February 12, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. Ben in Dallas

    Mike in Houston isn't it a little early to be equating Obame with any other president? You must have vast experience in this area.

    February 12, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. Mary

    Yes, another Country LAST Person. Maybe he had a tax issue as well and did not want us to know about it.


    February 12, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. PC

    MAJ February 12th, 2009 6:26 pm ET
    Republicans, Republicans, Republicans… THIS IS TO THE SENATE REPUBLICANS
    You have a place to sleep tonight
    You have a job to go to tomorrow morning
    You know you will have food on the table
    You know that you have medical and dental insurance
    You know you have a car to get to and from work.

    Obviously YOU, MAJ - still have all of the above. How else would you be able to blog on all of these tickers?

    February 12, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    if anything I hope that President Obama is learning that you are NOT going to change the politics in Washington anytime soon. The Republicans may say they want to work with the president but they would rather follow the lead of Rush Limbaugh than to work with him and they demonize the ones willing to do so. $400 thousands dollars is not nearly enough for this man has to put up with and I don't envy his job. Perhaps Sen Gregg got that 3am call from party leader Rush telling him he was a tratior.

    February 12, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. Ann


    May sure that the person you want for the Secretary of Commerce is not a Republican and has paid his taxes. Simple!

    February 12, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. Marge

    I say good riddance, all the republicans seem to be good for here lately is to try to screw and mess things up. That with the spreading all kinds of false rumors. I think we should make a special place for them as far from the USA as possible. Maybe then we can get something done.

    February 12, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Robert

    Break out the KoolAID? IF you would wake up, people would realize that the GOVT is slow, take long to react, is overweight, and heavy. Whats needed is something to jolt the economy, not years and years of unnecessary swimming pools for unionized part counters. The truth will come out from this plan, after the 2010s are long wasted.

    February 12, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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