December 17th, 2009
12:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats point to 'Smoking Tweet' in GOP stalling health care

The 'smoking tweet.'

The 'smoking tweet.'

Washington (CNN) – During a press conference on Wednesday, Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin pointed to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's Twitter account as the smoking gun – or as he called it, the "smoking tweet" – showing the Republicans' strategy to slow down the health care bill.

"If there's any idea, any question in mind about motive and what's behind this, I have in my hand a smoking tweet," Durbin said.

Pointing to a piece of paper, Durbin proceeded to read two of DeMint's tweets: "'If Reid won't slow down this debate, we'll do it for him,' followed by, 'Coburn forced Dems to read 767 pg Sanders amendment, we'll do everything we can to stop this government takeover of health care.'"

The press conference was held by Durbin and Sen. Robert Menendez to discuss "GOP obstruction" to the health care bill.

Wesly Denton, DeMint's Communications Director, told CNN he was "flattered that [Durbin] is paying so much attention to DeMint's Twitter account," but added, "DeMint's been clear for months he wants to stop this bill."

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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Obstruction will get these GOP'ers kicked out of Congress. They are really testing the American people's patience.

    December 17, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Vets4Obama

    It is sad to see how unpatriotic republicans are. Slowing down this causes the budget for our brave men and women over seas to be stalled.

    Anytime you see a dead american soldier, look no further then a republican to find the murderer. It is obvious that republicans HATE america. Vote out these traitors and domestic terrorists who seek to murder and allow die americans by the truck loads on a daily bases.

    Stand up for your fellow country men. Save the lives of those who need protecting. Help your fellow man by helping them to stand. Be a patriot, be a democrat, vote for public option.

    December 17, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Jim

    What an idiotic, "smoking gun" about obstruction. Whether one desires the health care proposals or not, when one side demands the public reading of the bill or a HUGE 700+ page amendment, it isn't obstruction it is called transparency in order to slow the process to discover what is included.

    December 17, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Christian Values

    'Coburn forced Dems to read 767 pg Sanders amendment, we'll do everything we can to keep americans from living.'" GOP obstruction at it's best!

    December 17, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. GMA

    No one should be surprised by this. The entire platform of the republican party is to vote against anything the democrats purpose.

    December 17, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Torch

    What a bunch of garbage by the DEMs. You Liberals can't seem to grasp the following FACTS.

    #1 The Bill stinks, the whole idea stinks, it's not reform of anything. It's govt takeover and new taxes, and will put us in further debt and won't solve a thing, just make things worse.

    #2 If allowed, Republicans have all kinds of ideas, free market ideas, not new taxes and new govt agencies. Reid and Pelosi will not let any of that see the light of day. The Republicans are actually the ones putting true "reform" ideas out there.

    Are you stupid? For anyone on this board who actually pays taxes, thank god for the Republicans!

    December 17, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Gary

    Smoking gun??? this is what the people WANT!

    The Democratic Healthcare reform bill will cost too much and cut benefits for current Medicare patients. It doesn't include any malpractice reform and doesn't allow expanded insurance competition across state lines. It is pathetic and should be stopped. We'll vote these Democratic extremists out of office in the next election.

    December 17, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. SocialismBad

    Do WHATEVER you have to do to save the American people from this healthcare debacle. The Democrats refuse to listen to the American people. For that they will lose control of the Congress in 2010. Their left wing liberal agenda is more important to them than listening to the American people.

    America, PLEASE give the Republicans a super majority in the House and Senate so that the damage done by the Democrats can be REVERSED by the new Republican Congress in 2011. A veto prood reversal will be required.

    December 17, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    If you want to bring debate and democracy to a standstill, then DeMint is your man.

    December 17, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    I think it is about high time that we all accept responsibility for voting these idiots into office.

    Too bad the truly decent senators and representives are so overshadowed...

    December 17, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I believe he wanted to use this to create Obama's Waterloo.

    December 17, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Peggy - TX

    Of course the GOP is just playing games using stalling. Everyone knows it!!!!!!Did you really think that the establishment was going to let power go easily? The will lie, cheat, and sell their mothers to keep the reigns of power.

    Also, for every $2 Americans spend on healthcare, we are only getting 1$ worth of care. Where is that other $ going... well obviously to line the pockets of the fat pigs in the Insurance industry and pharmaceutical industry. Did you really think that these people who have been so successful squeezing $ from the populous are going to give that up easily?

    December 17, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    This is one of the Tea Baggers front runners for president?

    December 17, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. victim of the false prophet OBAMA

    Rightly so...'dirty harry' has let no one read this bill he wrote especially Rebublicans yet he wants a vote on this's called bend over and trust me i'm your leader.

    December 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Steph

    How sad that the GOP isn't trying to hide the fact that they just want health reform to fail...they aren't even attempting to create the illusion of proposing ideas or attempting to participate in a solution. Their 2010 election motto should be "status quo is the way to go"!

    December 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Obama/Biden = One and Done, please God....

    What is wrong with slowing down a process that Reid, Durbin, Pelosi and the others want to jam down our throats without any opportunity for the people to learn just how devastating their plan will be to the majority of Americans? This has been done behind closed doors and without any republicans even being invited to participate. That is a fact. Whenever the dems do this sort of tactic, they are "safeguarding the wellbeing of the American people", yet when an opponent of th eleft does the same thing they are "obstructionist" or worse. The hypocrisy stinks......Out with Dean, Weiner, Sanders, Pelosi, Reid, Durbin and the rest of them.

    December 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Peggy - TX

    That Judas LIEberman is just playing patsy for the Republicans in their orgastrated and very successful attempt to derail healthcare reform,

    No one likes a traitor. Especially those that played you. In 2012 LIEberman you will be toast neither good enough for the Tea Bag Party and no credibility to the dems, even those that voted for you in the last election.

    December 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Francis Marion

    Maybe if the democrats drop the mandate in the health reform and pass something that will help Americans, Jim Bob will once again return to the swamps where he belongs.

    December 17, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. sandy

    Of course the republicans want to slow down the debate. Gosh it has been going on 60 years or more, what's hurry. What I want to know is how the Dems propose to stop them! Let's get it done already.

    December 17, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Independent_me

    Republicans are heartless.
    They have no desire to reform health care.
    They will, however, pretend to respond to the need for change by talking, talking, talking for the next 50 years...while the insurance companies continue to raise our premiums, deny care and continue to come between our doctors as us.
    I just pray that all the gullible people who are marching on their behalf never lose their insurance!

    December 17, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Roger

    Demint is the perfect example of an American Taliban......

    December 17, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Why dont they reform health care?

    It's clear who is bought and paid for by big insurers and big pharma. To Hell with these pathetic lapdogs suckilng at the teat of the almighty dollar, hopefully they'll suffer an illness, get dropped by their insurers, and then they'll know what it's like to be a real American instead of one of the "elites".

    December 17, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Peggy - TX

    Although I greatly admire President Obama, the Republicans were correct when that characterized him as a community organizer a but naive to run with the big dogs.

    I still recall that he was busy tromping around Africa and using his bully pulpit to support one dist fellow Harvard professor, rather then taking that opportunity to educate the American people on the details of the health care bill.

    I still think, history will view President Obama’s 8 years in office as awesome and that he will be one widly considered US’s greatest presidents in recent history, but right now his performance is mediocre at best.

    December 17, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Stupid News

    Durbin is a nitwit. He looks for a "smoking gun" when he has already been told by the opposition what they are trying to accomplish???? I wonder how much taxpayer money and time was spent so this buffoon could point out the obvious.

    December 17, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Michael

    S.Carolina has some of the poorest counties in the country. I certainly hope someone there is paying attention to Sen DeMint. The Senator's health care is of course paid for buy – wait for it, the tax payers, of course. Isn't this socialised medicine? How can the Senator stand by and accept socialised medicine for himself but not his constituents? What with his concern for the deficit and all, I assume he will soon introduce legislation eliminating socialised medicine for both houses of congress.

    December 17, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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