February 18th, 2009
12:34 PM ET
6 years ago

Gregg accepts White House invite

Just two weeks after withdrawing his name from consideration for Commerce Secretary, Sen. Judd Gregg has finally accepted an invitation from President Obama.
Just two weeks after withdrawing his name from consideration for Commerce Secretary, Sen. Judd Gregg has finally accepted an invitation from President Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Just two weeks after withdrawing his name from consideration for Commerce Secretary, Sen. Judd Gregg has finally accepted an invitation from President Obama: The New Hampshire Republican will attend the Fiscal Responsibility Summit at the White House at the end of the month.

“Reform is urgently needed, especially as long-term entitlement spending threatens to strangle our economy, and action must be taken sooner rather than later,” Gregg said in a statement released Wednesday. “I will certainly do everything I can to work with the President and others in Congress to set a course for the long-run that addresses the issue of how we pass on to our children a government they can afford.”

Gregg, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, will join other members of Congress to help the administration develop a plan to reduce the costs of entitlement spending programs like Social Security and Medicare.

Last week, Gregg cited “irresolvable conflicts” with Obama administration policy for his decision to pull out of the nomination process.


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  1. obama-mama

    I guess Obama has to keep his enemies close but I wouldn't kiss their arse. You don't need them President Obama.

    February 18, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. American

    DUMP GRegg...dump em...

    February 18, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Once you vote Black

    Judd missed an opportunity to fix what he thinks is wrong with Obama from within. He would have had unlimited access to Obama and could have served as a constant fact checker if only he had the guts to stand up to him. Instead he made himself look bad, and made it more likely a Dem will get this seat in the next election. Sometimes it looks like the GOP is a drift. What ever happend to PUMA?

    February 18, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Sheryl

    I don't know why!!! And who cares? This is not news Gregg is a lost of time the REPUBLICANS don't care about middle Americans!!!!! Just look around.

    February 18, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Dan in NY

    I think the way Gregg pulled out was poorly handled by him, but that does not diminish his fiscal expertise, and further shows President Obama's desire to put aside differences for the greater good. Both deserve credit for agreeing to work together at the Summit.

    February 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Gary

    A Fiscal Responsibility Summit is a great idea – This so-called stimulus bill was completely irresponsible. Maybe after they meet they will realize this and repeal it. Maybe they will realize that they have to cut spending and balance the budget. Maybe they will stop proposing "borrowing and spending" as their recovery plan. We need a starting point that says nobody gets money for nothing. Every recipient of federal/state/local money has to put in a 40 to 50 hour work week. If unemployment is high then perhaps that work week is volunteering at a nursing home, food bank, hospital etc. Until everyone realizes that they have to contribute both by working and paying taxes, we'll never solve our economic problems.

    February 18, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. dishonest politicans

    all republicans should be banned from politics, STARTING WITH FIRING GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN!

    February 18, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. naqib

    "The New Hampshire Republican will attend the Fiscal Responsibility Summit"

    Fiscal Responsibility!.... OH man... STOP... My side hurts... 1 Trillion in a month... another Trillion in work... with health care not even addressed yet... Oh... man that's rich...

    February 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Samuel

    I love the way Obama handles things- a true bipartisan President.

    You are worth any Penny I donated to your campaigne Mr. President!

    February 18, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. obama-mama

    Everytime you see this guy with the President he cannot look him in the eye. These republicans are some dangerous people. The biggest form of racist hatred. Obama just watch your back. When these people feel like they are losing something they go on the attack. They will resort to anything.

    February 18, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. suzyku

    judd gregg is a putz!

    February 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Da Professor

    Can you imagine Bush & Cheney inviting a Senator from the other Party to the White House for such an event or adding one to their Cabinet? Those two bums were arrogant to the core an dumb as a doorknob. No wonder the good ole USA is in such economic trouble. And yet, the do nothing Party is crying the blues and insisting that Obama adopt their failed economic policies.

    February 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Richard

    I reduced my cost by firing 2 Democrats. Let them join the rest of the liberal parasites.

    February 18, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Really?

    Gregg doesn't know what he wants to do. I thought he couldn't work with the President because he views are diometrically opposed to the Presidents. I'm confused...no, wait...GREGG IS CONFUSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. jaye

    President Obama keeps reaching out to the republicans and keeps getting his hand bitten.
    I think the GOP is a lost cause and should be ignored, but, Obama is more optomistic about them and is trying his best to get them to be a part in government, instead of the detriment they are.

    February 18, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Ron L

    Another clear example that we now have a President that is more concerned about the condition of the country instead of his ego. The way Gregg first said yes and then said no to the Obama cabinet position was really a professional disgrace. I still feel he got pressure from other Republican members of the Congress and Senate. But OUR President still values his opinion and has decided that he can bring a worth while perspective to the discussion.
    THE WIND OF CHANGE IS REAL!! America needs to embrace it.

    February 18, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    I think that the continued out reach of President Obama shows his desire to work with Democrats and Republicans in the government. Maybe they should consider sitting down in an effort to work with him. The objective should not to go in and have everything you want but to work together and come out with decisions both parties can live with. Neither may have 100 % of what they want but then having some is better than nothing and it is better than standing on the sidelines complaining that you had no input. That is part of what has the American people up in arms now. Congress, you should maybe all sit back for a moment and think about how you came to be members of Congress. Remember that the door swings both ways.

    February 18, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Nick

    Senator Gregg will work to cut , Social Security, Medicare, and Welfare programs such as food stamps... That is his idea of helping the people in the future, by hurting the needs of the people today.. A typical Republican response.

    February 18, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    Lock him up in the basement of the White House President Obama. I appreciate you trying to reach out to these tax cut and spend GOP'ers, but all they want to do is repeat the last 8 years.

    February 18, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    Gregg-Obama played you like a fool and he still is.

    February 18, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Bridgette-PA

    Mr. President, you are truely a leader. If Mr. Gregg would have "thrown me under the bus" without a warning, I'm not sure I'd invite him anywhere around me, ever again! But.....that's just me. That's why your president and I'm not :)

    BTW....what do you all think of the picture? I don't think Mr. Gregg likes nor respects our president.

    February 18, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Yes, Mr. President, please stay on the high road and continue to mirror bipartisanship. What is best for the American people is way above personal likes and dislikes. In any case, we cannot change the way things are done in Washington by resorting to the same old tricks.

    February 18, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Hammer

    Gregg is not in favor of the "share the wealth" (socialism) that Obama is ramming down the taxpayers throats.

    February 18, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. yuri

    The feeling that Gregg may, at the eleventh hour, retract his consent to honor Obama's white house invitation, due to irreconcilably ideological differences, is so thick that you could hang your hat on it.

    Gregg, we are certain that you are already in the process of concocting a cockamamee to refuse the invitation, and it is visible in your heart thru night vision goggles. What a guy!

    February 18, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Maggie from Virginia

    It say's a lot when a person can't look you in the eyes...

    February 18, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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