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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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. rob

    Gregg is a duck but the President knows what he is doing. You're a much better man O!

    February 18, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Jerry D.

    Gregg keep listening to McCain and others and you will find yourself in the dark in the park by yourself.

    February 18, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Awesome. Obama just keeps giving them rope and they keep tying their own nooses with it.

    February 18, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    @ Once you Vote Black

    Actually, PUMA is allive and well. They've simply shed their superficial facade of pretending to be Dems. Go to the website. It's quite obvioulsy a harem for regurgitating Rush Limbaugh's talking points.

    February 18, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    @ naqib

    Saying "1 trillion in a month" doesn't work very well when your GOP masters complained that some of the money will not be spent for 10 years. It waws a major complaint for them because they know we need help right now and they wanted it all to go into the economy ASAP to help them in 2010.

    February 18, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Unity is the ANSWER!!!!

    @Dan in NY February 18th, 2009 1:04 pm ET
    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. I AGREE!!!

    February 18, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Dieter Zerressen, Denver, CO

    I'm always amazed at the poise and restraint Obama has shown to people who clearly want to do him harm and harm the USA in the process to serve their purely political ends. What a change from the scorched earth approach Bush-Cheney-Rove took these last 8 years.

    February 18, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. The Last Patriot

    Forget Judd Gregg. The part that piqued my interest was this news about the biggest spender in US history holding a Fiscal Responsibility Summit?

    February 18, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. mamosa

    Obama tried the old strategy but failed. Best to keep enemies inside the tent and have them, um, pee OUTSIDE the tent rather than INTO it.

    February 18, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. J. GREGG


    February 18, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. republicans hate america

    only now instead of implementing policy you will have to hear it happening

    February 18, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. the idiot

    Is Obama seeking the cloak of legitimacy for some other liberal grab of our money and lives?

    February 18, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. BT

    Gary February 18th, 2009 1:06 pm ET

    A Fiscal Responsibility Summit is a great idea – This so-called stimulus bill was completely irresponsible.

    Do you feel the same way about Bush's 1.3 TRILLION tax cut for the wealthy?

    This is by far a lot less money!

    February 18, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. cheryl brooks

    I can't believe how this guy did not take the opportunity to work dirrectly with the President, he let the Repubs talk him out of it. He could have run for president down the road ... how could you accept a job and then flat out quit!!!!!!! He won't be a Senator for long.

    February 18, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Me

    My two cents...I'm willing to be Gregg backed out because he didn't want his financial skeletons drug out of the closet. I bet if an audit was done on all of our policy makers, we could get out of this deficit on owed back taxes alone...

    February 18, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Sarah from TN

    I have to agree that Republicans are most dangerous people on earth. Seriously these rasist, hate spewing people are the worst. Think of person like Ann Coulter, she makes me sick with her hate articles, always running her mouth very disrespectful way to various interviews etc. Or someone like Sean Hannity, self-righteous, so full of himself, i am about to vomit now... Go Obama, let's pray for these crazy republicans they don't know what they're doing.. Seriously!

    February 18, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Me

    Bridgett – PA, you never can trust a person who doesn't look you in the eye...

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

    February 18, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. obama-mama

    Gregg looks like "oh boy don't talk to me while the republicans are looking".. It's a priceless photo.

    February 18, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Jon in CA

    Senator Gregg, bring a food-taster.

    February 18, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Dace Tucson Z

    Oh maybe the backstabbing, coward who scared himself for having an original thought outside the control of the GOP, will get in trouble again if he says something that may help average Americans and outside the Borg doctrine of NO and HATE.

    February 18, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. kelly WI

    Gol o mighty.!!!! The dems have managed to steal our money in taxes, ruined wall street where our retirment funds are, and now they are going to take our SS and medicare!!! Then they will work on the next ponzi scheme called Health care.
    Oh, you might as well plan on working until you drop dead because they need your tax money and you won't have any money to retire with.
    I guess I'll go blow all my money, get a house I can't afford to pay for and live "free" off the gov. the rest of my life. Might as well join up for the liberal socialist party now.

    February 18, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Simmy

    No more "High Ground." Republican's don't speak English. They speak "Repbonics."

    February 18, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Laverne

    Quite frankly, I have lost all respect of Gregg Judd. He knew the job he was soliciting for before he accepted and caved at the last minute which says alot about him as a person and his character. The president is a good guy to continue to put himself through this, but at the end of the day it is President Obama who will shine. I am sure senator Judd won't have much to contribute to the meeting since he is NOT allowed to control the census, hee hee!

    February 18, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. WhoCares?

    Man, Obama is sure walking the walk about his willingness to listen to Repubs...even after they dis-respected him, the Office of the Presidency and the American Citizenry by Gregg's party politics with his nomination.

    February 18, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. mary,florida

    If your a republican and you go against the party you and your family could be in harms way,I dont blame him for what he did.His party is a cross between a gang and the mob.

    February 18, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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