January 6th, 2010
08:10 AM ET
8 years ago

Dodd decision doesn't change Simmons' plans

(CNN) - Rob Simmons, a Republican running for the Senate nomination in Connecticut who has been a fierce critic of Sen. Chris Dodd, said in a statement Dodd's decision to retire does not change his own campaign plans:

"I want to thank Senator Chris Dodd for his long service in Congress. While our disagreements have been profound, Heidi and I wish him and his family all the best. Today's announcement does not change my plan to seek and win the Senate seat from Connecticut.

"Whoever the Democratic nominee is, he or she will have to defend the failed Democratic policies of higher taxes, bigger government, exploding debt, and a misguided approach to national security that treats terrorists as mere criminals rather than the enemy combatants that they are. My entire political career is defined by running in tough races and I expect no less this time around, but I believe voters in Connecticut are seeking real changes in the way government operates and I am the only candidate who has the broad experience and track record to deliver for the state and nation."

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. If Its Not Broken Its Because A Liberal Hasnt Tried to Fix It

    Countrywide DODD leaving congress. A great day for all Americans!!

    January 6, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Duck Fallas

    Please. This clown is going to pretend to be a moderate and a wingnut at the same time. Were I him, I'd be more worried about the wrestler lady.

    Higher taxes? LIE!!
    Bigger Gobvernment? Simmons did that with Cheney/Bush, remember?
    Exploding Debt? He was responsible for that, too.
    He is also complicit with the failed Cheney terrorist fiasco, no credebility there. What a twit.

    January 6, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans never miss the opportunity to say what they don't like but they never say what's their solution. How can anyone support a Republican when he/she can't tell you what policies they want to put in place, it doesn't make sense.

    January 6, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. vic nashville , Tn

    Democrats will win Dodd’s seat in 2010. We are tired of both parties but compare to republicans democrats are better

    Nearly 50 % Americans didn’t like the health care reform , many Americans didn’t like the bailouts . but still voters trust democrats over republicans because the way republicans handle the health care reform.

    When its come to health care reform republicans didn’t show the leader ship they let the Fox and Rush Limbaugh to attack the administration its show weakness of republican leaders

    January 6, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. ran

    If the GOP uses the hate/fear/obstructionist card they will only insure a big win for the Democrats.

    People vote for either a true Democrat or Independent in 2010/2012 and tell the Republicans no more fear/hate/obstructionism/purist party.

    January 6, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Jimmy James

    Now if Reid and Pelosi would retire we would start to see that change Obama talked about. 2010 is looking better.

    January 6, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    I don't remember this many top senators retiring all during the same time frame. Many of those retiring faced very tough battles for re-election. The fact is people (mostly Independents and Republicans) are not happy with the current administration and change is coming. The same thing happened in 2006 and 2008 that ushered the democrats into power. The left may want to deny it but poltics in general is cyclic! Regardless of left or right, the independents will make the difference in 2010, just like they did in 2008!

    January 6, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Duck Fallas

    "...I believe voters in Connecticut are seeking real changes in the way government operates and I am the only candidate who has the broad experience and track record to deliver for the state and nation."


    January 6, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Right Leaning Independent

    Dodd retiring – This year is starting off Great!!!!

    January 6, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. cropp73

    The rats are jumping ship

    January 6, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. katiec

    Wow, in reading Simmons comments thought for sure he was talking about his own republican party. Big government (largest ever under Bush adm), spending (the republicans approved and spent like there was no tomorrow these last eight years), war on terrorism was ignored due to the unwarranted, irresponsible war in Iraq, unfunded policies passed (prescription plan a regretful example) no taxes
    etc while hiding the expenses of two wars and borrowing money.,
    mismanagement, mistakes at every level.
    Simmons is another hypocritical, lying, party first, win at any cost
    republican who will do and say anything, regardless of facts and truth.

    January 6, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. The Voice

    Can't believe anything a Republican says. Big goverment, exploding debt and misguided approach to national security???

    Isn't that what the Republicans did while in power during the Bushie tyranny?!

    These idiots think we have a short memory, maybe alot Americans do, but I don't.

    No to the party of NO!!

    January 6, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. C Spurgeon

    Watch your ambitions go down the drain. Thank Sen Dodd for moving over and making room for a Dem who can beat Republican pigs.

    January 6, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Hmmm.... With all of these politicians jumping ship on both sides, do you kind of get the impression that they know something we don't? Or maybe they're finally waking up to the fact that politics is a profession for scumbags. I dunno. Have a nice day!

    January 6, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. jenn, philadelphia

    Dodd's retirement comes about 30 years too late. Now, on to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi!

    January 6, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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