April 15th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Dems take aim at Burr for bank comments

 Burr is a top Democratic target in 2010.
Burr is a top Democratic target in 2010.

(CNN) - Democrats are taking aim at North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr over the Republican's recent remark that he advised his family last fall to withdraw as much money as they could from their bank accounts in reaction to the onset of the economic crisis.

"If this is Senator Burr's economic recovery plan for himself, it is no surprise he doesn't have one for the country," said Eric Schultz, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "Senator Burr, as a champion of the George Bush economy helped create this mess but will not lift a finger to get us out of it.”

According to the (Burlington, NC) Times-News, Burr told North Carolina business owners Monday the collapse of major financial institutions last fall convinced him his family's bank accounts could have been frozen.

"On Friday night, I called my wife and I said, 'Brooke, I am not coming home this weekend. I will call you on Monday. Tonight, I want you to go to the ATM machine, and I want you to draw out everything it will let you take. And I want you to tomorrow, and I want you to go Sunday,'" Burr said during a speech at a Henderson County Chamber of Commerce meeting.

"I was convinced on Friday night that if you put a plastic card in an ATM machine the last thing you were going to get was cash," said Burr.

The senator, whose approval ratings are languishing in recent state polls, faces re-election in 2010 and is among the Democrats' top targets.

Brian Walsh, the communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said, "The Democrats’ response highlights perfectly the competing views of the two parties when it comes to strengthening the economy. "

"In just the first three months of this year, Senate Democrats have voted for more spending than the previous Administration spent on Iraq, Afghanistan and Katrina recovery combined so its little wonder Americans want to keep their hard earned money away from the grips of Washington," he  also said.


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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Practice what you preach Sen. Burr.

    April 15, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Rance W.

    Republican Burr is a big supporter of Rush Limbaugh......enough said. Morons on a strick!

    April 15, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. LISA

    He's a Republican right! Explains a lot.

    April 15, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Brian Crooks

    Brian Walsh, the communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said, "The Democrats’ response highlights perfectly the competing views of the two parties when it comes to strengthening the economy. "
    ======================
    Right. Because the Republicans think you can strengthen the economy by pulling all your money out of the bank in a panic...right?

    "In just the first three months of this year, Senate Democrats have voted for more spending than the previous Administration spent on Iraq, Afghanistan and Katrina recovery combined so its little wonder Americans want to keep their hard earned money away from the grips of Washington," he also said.
    ======================
    Maybe you don't wanna bring up how much money was spent on Katrina recovery...kinda a sore subject with a lot of people. But the difference is that the Democrats want to spend money HERE, while the Republicans only want to spend money everywhere else.

    April 15, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. flybyshoeing

    This is the same person that placed a hold on the confirmation of double amputee Tammy Duckworth, Iraq veteran for her appointment to the Dept of Veteran's Affairs. When asked why, he had no answer.
    Congratulations North Carolina.

    April 15, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    Burr's advice was pretty sound. The banks were failing and the federal government has been letting its bureaucrats take them over. My mattress is riding a little higher since the government started tampering with banks and the stock market under Obama and I really have no interest in putting my money in a place where it will be easily confiscated in the near future.

    April 15, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Truth Hurts

    Conservatives are saying and doing anything to get attention. They are still in shock over the election. Well, get over it!!

    April 15, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Brad of IL.

    Smart Man !!!!!!!!!! Hope his family listened to him. You will see more Liberals trying to steal your money.

    April 15, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Fantastic example of leadership, Senator.

    April 15, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Robert

    "In just the first three months of this year, Senate Democrats have voted for more spending than the previous Administration spent on Iraq, Afghanistan and Katrina recovery combined..."

    This is what the koolaide drinkers voted into office and wanted. This Administration's legacy will be one of snookering the American people into so much debt that it will take generations to recover from. At least there is some solice in knowing that is those same koolaide drinkers who will be suffering from these decisions for their entire lifetimes.

    April 15, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Shellee

    Just anoher Republican who thinks he's royalty.......

    April 15, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Steve

    This guy is a dangerous idiot!

    April 15, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Victor

    Twit!

    April 15, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. David

    Wow, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Both the Dem's and the GOP are guilty as sin for the crisis. You can't put it on just one when the whole two-party system is a scam anyway. all of it has been engineered and they knew what they were doing and what was going on.

    April 15, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Troy

    Republican Burr was content when George Bush was in office. Now that he and his Republican Party are the minority, he is obsessed with fiscal responsibility. Idiot!

    April 15, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Jackie in Dallas

    So this Republican's response was to withdraw his funds out of one of the banks than his President was bailing out? And they are blaming Democrats for overspending? If they hadn't been so adamant about giving their rich buddies tax breaks, while increasing the tax burden on the middle class with an unjustified war, and giving tax incentives to companies to off-shore our jobs at the same time, we probably wouldn't be IN this mess!

    April 15, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Simpliticus

    Here is an insider who knew all to well that the state of the banking industry was in tatters! His actions bespeak a Republican who may very well save his own family for the sake of his country, kind of like a Richard III who needs a horse, a horse my country for a horse! They get us into trouble but save only themselves, now that is a sign of political courage NOT!

    April 15, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. BRENT

    Paranoid fool!

    April 15, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. john

    I dont blame him Im a democrat and I advsed my family this as well. Whats wrong with being proactive and having cash on hand

    April 15, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |