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. rachel

    Hmm guess the senators who are vunlerable just wont rerun. Waiting on Harry Reid's announcement.

    January 6, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Dave

    Why would it? Just because your opponent is bowing out. Now if only Barney frank will roll over... bad choice of words

    January 6, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. Dale

    Just another sneeky plan from the lib's. Dodd was going down, it's better to say I was retiring than lose. If he just straight up lost it would show that AMERICAN PEOPLE are sick of this administration. But if another Democrat "Sorry" I should have said (LIBERAL) pretending to be a democrat loses it won't look as bad as a prominent senator losing like Dodd.
    This POS should not only quit but he should apologize to the American people and show that he's got 1 American bone left in his body by speaking out against this absolutely non-American government that running this once great country.

    January 6, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. Dale

    Keep a close eye Pelosi, Reid, Frank and the rest. Dodd is gone and your next. Then maybe we can start the impeachment process on the only president of the USA that's actually apparently working for other countries.

    True conservatisum might be returning.

    January 6, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  5. Dale

    I think what he meant to actually say was this:

    "Whoever the is, he or she will have to defend the Democratic policies . My entire political career is defined by and I no less this time around , but I believe voters in Connecticut are in the way government operates and I am the only candidate who has the broad and to for the state and nation."

    January 6, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. Fed up

    Great!! these Democrats destroy the country and then retire cause they know they have ZERO chance to keep their jobs anyway. We don't want the crap they are passing and yet they pass it anyway. Out with ALL Democrats!

    January 6, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Doesn't this guy have a primary challenge from the WWE owner (not that I can remember her name)? That should be an interesting mud slinging event. How much of it will be fake?

    January 6, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. George

    Simmons you are going to lose. Your party has done nothing but whine, try to block anything good for America. You have your teabag parties and look like the asses that you are. You and your GOP is going down farther in November. Start helping America and maybe America will help you.

    January 6, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    Mr. Simmons needs to be reminded that the Democratic "failed policies" are a result of trying to repair the damage caused by 12 years of Republican Congressional control, including 6 years of total Republican control of all three branches of government.
    If Simmons trys to bring up his main accomplishment (saving the Sub Base), he needs to be reminded that it was Joe Lieberman who did so. Yes – I did have to figuratively bite my tongue on that last sentence, but give credit where it is due.
    Of course, like all former CIA agents, he does try to be a spin master. Maybe if he hadn't belonged to the Party of NO, he might have come up with some legitimate ideas!

    January 6, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. chris l

    The anti American Radical Party formerly known as Democrats will lose this seat along with a huge majority of other seats in the mid terms. Count on it.

    January 6, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. Mike1952

    If this guy is a career politician don't elect him. I don't care what party they represent. We need to clean out lawyers and career politicians.

    January 6, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. Reggie

    It's clear that the domocrats understand how upset the voters are with them and their horrible health care bill. Rather than face the consequencies, they QUIT!!!

    January 6, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. Gene

    Senator Dodd...another rat leaving the sinking democrat ship.

    January 6, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. All the news that is fit to omit

    Retire or get booted out in the "massacre" was Dodd's choices and seeing the writing on the wall, he made the best decision for him.

    The gutless behind closed door liberals will spin this like it was planned all along and we will be LOSING a great LEADER and force in the party.

    Actually sheep, it is just one less gutless liar that was was as crooked as a liberal road.

    One down, many to go and Barry, YOU PAYING UH, UH, UH ATTENTION?

    January 6, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. John

    2010 is going to be reeeeeeal ugly for democrats.....

    true story.

    January 6, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. Robert

    America haven't forgotten yet how the Republican drove us into the gutter which Pres. Obama is trying with all his strength and breath to get us out of. It is hard to believe that the same people are claiming now that they can rule better. just look at their 8 years legacy, bad economy, misguided war, ect.

    January 6, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. wg

    Hey Republican I think you need to explain excessive govt spending higher taxes and all the other stuff you mentioned, since it started with Bush and the Repubs...

    January 6, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. John Boehner is like Cleopatra, only he bathes in Cheetos

    Evidently Rob does not get any main stream media in his part of CT. Everything he is running against was the gift the republican party gave us from 2000-2008.

    Higher taxes? This is all the sorry republicans have and the taxes have decreased for 95% of Americans under Obama. The truth be known, he wants a piece of the bribes from big business and the health industry.

    As for terrorism, I do not know of another time in history, where a former vice president could generate so much world hate.

    January 6, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. K G

    Anyone who proudly calls himself a Republican and did not condemn or criticize the prior Administration with at least the same fervor as the present one does not deserve to be elected. This apparently includes Mr. Simmons.

    January 6, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    A republican winning in New England is not going to happen. Mr. Simmons should give up now. What I really want to see is Lieberman go. Can someone get Judas out of the Senate?

    January 6, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. Steve in Denver

    Jeez. More noise from a neocon. Higher taxes? You do realize that Obama made a tax CUT? Bigger government? GWB expanded the government more than any president since Johnson. Exploding debt? The last administration took a $250 billion surplus and turned it into a 450 billion deficit in no time, and left this president with a budget $500 billion in the red. Misguided approach to national security? Obama actually asks questions, seeks answers when there are failures, and I'm betting people will be held accountable for their failures, in sharp contrast to the last administration that never fired anybody.

    I sure hope the voters of CT remember what the last administration was like before putting another republican in Washington.

    So glad we went with the smart guy this time!

    January 6, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. JJ Jones

    "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."

    RCN talking points. It would be nice for one Republican other than Ron Paul to have an independant thought.

    And has anybody created bigger government and exploding debt than W and his rubber stamp congress?

    January 6, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Where does the party of birthers and fear find these people? He appears to be out of touch with reality.

    I cannot imagine that voters from CT would send him to Washington, when they already have to deal with the embarrassment of Lieberman.

    January 6, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This Simmons guy sounds like just another plain old out of touch republican speaking out of the side of his mouth. I don't see him beating the AG.

    January 6, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Steve in Denver

    Misguided approach to national security? Like, following our constitution? Should he invade Poland becaues a bomber from Yemen got on an airplane (as the last president did with Iraq)? It is not weak or wrong to use our existing legal system to administer justice to bombers (as bush did with the shoe bomber).

    Just more noise from a neocon.

    January 6, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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