July 29th, 2009
02:56 PM ET
5 years ago

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. Reformed Republican

    Hey Vitter – Your "escort" is on line one and wants to know what hotel room your in and the Grand Wizard is on line two wanting to know if you can make the cross burning tonight.

    July 29, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. chuck

    Godbye, Vitter.....next election you'll be history. Then you'll be free to indulge in your little sexual escapades with prostitures as much as you want, wife permitting, that is,

    July 29, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Lisa P

    "Errrr, errrrr..." And so Vitter proved Voinovich's point. Thanks Senator Vitter! See you in the permanent minority! If you make it through your next election, that is :-)

    July 29, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    better "wishy washy" than SLIMY

    July 29, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Emma

    Is this the same David "Affair" Vitter? Yes, David, you and your ilk do have values although not the type currently desired by the American people.

    July 29, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. David

    The war is about to begin! These are the shots over the bows. The GOP has been taken over by neo-cons. They now realize that they must change for survival. Too bad most people don't realize the two-party system is a scam anyway. A puppet show brought to us by Murdoch, Soros, Kissinger, Rockefeller, etc.

    July 29, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. GaVoter

    Funny how everyone hates the south.., until they move here for a job or retirement.

    July 29, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Bernardo

    Most of the Republican Senators are Southerners. Cut and dry. They would defend the Conderate flag before they would defend the flag of the United States. I think they got the butts kicked once back in 1865.

    July 29, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. HAWK, TEXAS

    And just why is david vitter not behind bars where he belongs. solititation of sex is a crime. yet he walked away clean. also the death of the so called madam in this case was never investigated. could it have been a cover up crime.

    July 29, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Frank Oneil

    What a pathetic bunch! How about you guys lost because of your hypocrisy and incompetence. And what value are you refrring to exactly Vitter? What a sad sad party!!!

    July 29, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Southern Republicans have no real answers to the big picture problems that face our country. Their political bases are the country club crowd and evangelicals ... and the way the deal with both is to be against government.

    They are against everything and solving problems is not on the agenda. That political philosophy works in the South, but is grossly irresponsible in a national context.

    Voters across the country get what Senator Voinovich is saying.

    July 29, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. John Small

    Voinovich is one of the few Republicans I've heard of who actually gets it when it comes to people like Coburn. On behalf of a lot of us here in Oklahoma who didn't vote for the guy, I'd like to apologize to the rest of the nation for inflicting Tom Coburn on you and assure you that it wasn't our idea.

    July 29, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Laura

    Exactly what "values" is David Vitter claiming to have these days? I must have missed that part. Perhaps I'll contact his wife to ask ...

    July 29, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Dennis

    Perhaps David Vitter should rethink the reasons they lost. The American people knows. He seems to be clueless.

    July 29, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. John carter

    Voinovich is exactly correct. I hope the Republicans take years to figure this out.....The Dirty Old South is alive and well!!!

    July 29, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Harriett

    Well, we all know what Vitter's core "conservative" values include. Do the Republicans really want this guy going after a moderate Republican?

    July 29, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. I am The Great and Powerful Wizard of Rush

    Vitter's "core conservative values" have nothing to do with his cavorting with prostitutes.

    Watching Republics fight is more fun than demolition derby.

    July 29, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. rick

    lol, Vitter calling people out on values.

    Oh, nevermind- he said they had gone away from those.

    July 29, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Mark Mumford

    It is the close-minded, all-or-nothing, my way or highway stance by those in congress that limits the progress of our nation. Dragging policy off to the far right or left only causes problems, like driving with two wheels off the pavement. It doesn't matter where someone comes from, if you're only legislating with a negative agenda, you're not helping the country.

    July 29, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Doug in New Mexico

    Well, when the neck is red wear it proud.
    What is wrong with these guys? They don't ever say what they mean and don't mean what they say. Just bash the other guy. Wow!

    July 29, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Tired

    He's right!!

    July 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. pinkkiwi6

    What can Vitter really say about "core Republican values" when he goes and sleeps with prostitutes? I'm not saying all Republicans are immoral, but they need to back off their high horses and stop attacking moderates and liberals. There needs to be better discourse between the two parties in order to get anything done- as a very smart Wingnuts article put it, it's un-American to call diagreement un-American.

    July 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Slappy White

    "They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr . . .'

    .......ToO fUnNy......

    July 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. NYC

    You mean Vitter is now the spokesman for values and Republican party? Please!!!

    July 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. joe magarzatz

    Senator George Voinovich is absolutely right! I am a registered Democrat from a democratic stronghold and have always voted for him as a candidate for Governor and for Senator.

    I hope that the south continues to win with the "fruitloop" type Republicans that they have now. This will give the Democrats the lock for the next two generations.

    July 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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