July 29th, 2009
02:56 PM ET
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Vitter defends Southern influence in GOP, slams Voinovich

Vitter fired back at Voinovich Wednesday.
Vitter fired back at Voinovich Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana slammed fellow Republican George Voinovich Wednesday for saying the GOP's problems stem from the fact that it is "being taken over by Southerners," calling the Ohio senator "a moderate, really wishy-washy."

"I'm on the side of conservatives getting back to core conservative values," Vitter told the Washington Times. "There are a lot of us from the South who hold those values, which I think the party is supposed to be about. We strayed from them in the past few years, and that's why we performed so badly in the national elections."

"[Voinovich is…] a moderate, really wishy-washy," he said.

Voinovich, who has decided not to run for re-election next year, told a newspaper in his home state that Southern dominance of the GOP was hurting the party elsewhere.

"We got too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns," Voinovich told the Columbus Dispatch Monday. "It's the Southerners….

"They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr . . .' People hear them and say, 'These people, they're Southerners,'" he said. "The party's being taken over by Southerners. What the hell have they got to do with Ohio?"

DeMint and Coburn are both major critics of President Obama's health care reform plan. DeMint has emerged as a top target for Democrats, who have launched ads attacking the South Carolina senator for saying the defeat of the proposal would "break" the president.


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soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Nathan Wortinger

    I just love watching the Repulican Party Implode!!! Keep it up guys!!! Your doing great!!!

    July 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Blue Oasis

    Vitter is firm (pun intended) on conservative values except the one that says once you're married flings with prostitutes aren't permitted.

    July 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    South + Republican + Conservative = Recipe for disaster.

    July 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. hadelaide

    So conservative he was that his number was in the DC Madam's black book. So conservative that the deficit exploded. So conservative that the country got embroiled in 2 wars with war profiteers getting lucrative no-bid contracts without oversight. He may think that conservative is the cutest word but it has become the symbol of extreme hypocrisy!

    July 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. John

    Vitter's right: he does espouse conservative values. He just can't live by them.

    July 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Blue

    Who on earth would listen to Vitter? He has done himself in with his own actions. He is not worth listening to.

    July 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. ROBERT

    I also feel the same way. Church views is not the main issue now.

    July 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Bit

    Forget this story. Is anyone going to report on Tennessee Republican Sen. Paul Stanley-you know-the one that's resigning because of an affair witha 22 year old? Does he also belong to the C-Street Gang?

    Just wondering.

    July 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Howard

    Great. Let the conservatives have their core values. The only question is how long will the moderates tolerate being treated like pariahs in their own party before they decide to bolt. It's becoming increasing apparent we would do well to discard party labels like Democrats and Republicans, and instead create a Liberal Party, a Centrist Party, and a Conservative Party. Too many good people seem wedded to the parents' political party without regard for the fact that it doesn't really represent them.

    July 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. BudInTexas

    "I'm on the side of conservatives getting back to core conservative values," Vitter told the Washington Times. "There are a lot of us from the South who hold those values, which I think the party is supposed to be about. We strayed from them in the past few years, and that's why we performed so badly in the national elections." says Vitter; the same guy that holds the value of humping prostitutes, while his wife is at work.

    What a scumbag.

    July 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Boob McNutt

    I live in the South; they believe in ghosts and haunts and think black people are the cursed children of Cain, intended by God to be slaves. They think we fought Germany in the Civil War and England in WWII. They also eat roadkill and vote for chumps like Sonny Purdue and Lester Maddox. Nice people, in their impeded way, but not the ones you want picking out electronic equipment or making educational decisions. If you want fried chicken, this is the place, but if you want informed opinions, go North. My hometown newspaper says Obama is a Kenyan who is part of a Zionist plot to turn us all into Muslim Hindu Mormons and put all the women in burkhas after they have abortions and turn feminist.

    July 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Mitchell

    "a moderate, really wishy-washy???" Vitter seems to forget that back when the Republican Party first emerged, they were the moderate left to the Democrats. Does he not know the history of his own party? How can we take politicians seriously anymore if they're so ignorant?

    July 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Patricio

    Does Vitter realize that he is the poster child of Republicans straying from the their values?

    July 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. John, OH

    Are you talking about Conservative values like getting involve in DC Madam Sex scandal Senator?

    July 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Ace

    Just what are conservative core values? The GOP seems to have abandoned the central tenents which appealled to so many people. Lower taxes, small government, less intrusion on the lives of citizens? Ha. Their inability to follow their own promises is what caused me to vote for Obama. When the GOP returns to their stated goals, I might consider going back.

    July 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. pat c

    isn't this the same republican that had his own set of extra marital problems last year? i guess he has forgotten his disgrace since his wife forgave him. just another two-faced bible thumping do as i say not as i do kinda guy!

    July 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Gettysburg Revisited

    Its time to finish off these rednecks and show them why America is not flying the Stars and Bars.

    July 29, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Ted Regencia

    What conservative values is Vitter talking about? The values of cheating on your wife with a prostitute?

    July 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. MD

    Wow... If I didn't know better I'd think we were back in the Civil War. North vs. South. Moderate vs. Conservative. Are you kidding me???. How about putting your heads down and getting health care reform done.

    July 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. JN

    These Republicans love the taste of their own. They are so much a fractured party with no vision for a positive future or a practical future at all. Led by Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Gingrich, and Southern hypocrites...they are certainly the party of gloom and doom.

    July 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. S M R

    Core Conservitive values like deregulation, in bed with the special intrest groups, creating war for GOP profit and tax breaks for the rich is not going to fly anymore.

    July 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Lori, Houston Texas

    Gotta love it – Vitter still talking about family values despite his penchant for hookers and diapers. Don't these people get it? They have no credibility on family values.

    The conservatives have made it clear they choose Party Before Country as the far right wingers fight with the semi-reasonable repubs.

    Keep it up, folks, you can't win an election without the independents and y'all saw what happened on 11/4/08.

    Bless their hearts....

    July 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Shorn

    There's no such thing as conservative values. They have never cared about fiscal responsibility, they never saw a weapon they wouldn't buy, they have no trouble legislating their way into the bedroom, they couldn't care less about working Americans, and they bend over for any corporation that might fill their coffers. They are unprincipled hypocrites who run up massive deficits, then blame Democrats for them. They lost control of the government because they are corrupt, lying sacks of crap and the average voter finally figured it out. Certainly not every problem can be laid at their feet, but the conservative agenda going back to Reagan has been put into place and this is the world we ended up with.

    July 29, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. LG - the G is for Gonzalez

    Is this guy joking? Vitter is the post boy for what's totally wrong with the Republican party today! This is the same David Vitter involved in a sex scandal, and somehow still stayed in office? For Vitter to slam a fellow Republican who's calling it like he sees it, is outrageously ludicrous! Today's Republicans get what they deserve! They sowed the seeds of their demise with their psuedo homespun gab and dangerous alliances (the so-called Christian Right) a long time ago. George Vionovich, a Republican who finally had the nads to see through the smoke and mirrors of the GOP.
    Vitter, on the other hand, is nothing more than what our British friends would call, a wanker.

    July 29, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. ChicagoJim

    Vitter is certainly not wishy-washy in his hypocrisy. This so-called "family values" man who professes a belief in the "sanctity of marriage" had a very definite, non-wishy-washy old time with a prostitute. Throw him out with the trash.

    July 29, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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