January 19th, 2010
09:37 PM ET
8 years ago

King: Massachusetts has sent Obama a blunt message


President Obama campaigned with fellow Democrat Martha Coakley in Boston Sunday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Boston (CNN) – Republican Scott Brown's win a special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy is a blunt message to President Obama and Democrats, CNN Chief National Correspondent John King said Tuesday.

"Scott Brown campaigned against the Obama health care plan, against the Obama stimulus plan, against what he calls the spending and the taxing in Washington, D.C.," he said. "And voters in a state that Obama carried by 26 points have now, by a significant margin, decided to send Republican Scott Brown to Washington."

"Tonight, Massachusetts is not only sending a Republican to the Senate. Massachusetts is sending a very blunt message to President Obama and the national Democratic Party," King observed.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Just Me

    And John King is just rubbing this in the face of all of us who were fighting for and who need healthcare to be reformed. I'm rapidly losing respect for John King.

    January 19, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  2. John Ca.

    41 votes to blocks Pres. Obama plans?

    January 19, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. Patty In Illinois

    Let's just hope they hear that message!

    January 19, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. JRC Gainesville

    The Chosen One must be having quite the existential crisis right now. Never having faced criticism in his whole adult life, this must be a serious punch in the gut.

    I bet Missus Chosen One is no longer proud of her country...

    January 19, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Lynda-Illionois

    Well, the media has led people once again to vote against their own best interest, and for the CAN'T DO REPUBLICANS, and it is apparent that political stalemates and the politics of destruction make better TV ratings than actually fixing this country. You have been telling people all week this was lost for Democrats and the weak minded went right along with you. The president is well intentioned and principled and you know it, and I don't know how you can lie to the American people and to yourselves. Except it is apparent that the first African American President will not be given the time to fix this country, that the past White president was given to destroy it. Shame on Massachusetts and CNN.

    January 19, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Capt. Snarky

    "Tonight, Massachusetts is not only sending a Republican to the Senate. Massachusetts is sending a very blunt message to President Obama and the national Democratic Party," King observed

    It'll be interesting to see if they listen........won't it?

    January 19, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. jim

    given the republicans recent nay-saying history, what else should we have expected to hear? clearly they (the republicans) are intent on being part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

    January 19, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. ObamasRecordDefict

    Helllo, it's time for CHANGE.

    We got HYPE and LIES, so people want CHANGE.

    Impeach OBOZO

    January 19, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. Michael from Ventura

    John: Have you seen the lastest numbers in the Commonwealth on President Obama? His approval rating there is 10% above the National average. TODAY. The one who got the message was the Democratic Party (I hope!).

    January 19, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. ck

    ahhh, call it poetic justice.

    A Republican claims the seat held by Ted Kennedy....

    There is a God!!

    Humble thanks to the educated people of Mass.!!

    January 19, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. Fed Up

    All the King's horses (Obama) and all the King's men (Clinton) couldn't put Coakley together again.

    January 19, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  12. josiah

    way to go Obama – real great – someone or many should be fired for their lack of creativity and foresight in predicting this – if this is how Boma runs his ship then they deserve to lose the majority – I'm a Democrat and I'm sick of the LAME, weak, and pathetic way Democrats are conducting themselves and the people's business – way too busy playing crap politics and blustering form an incoherent mob of idiots – do you realize what your slack attitudes and vision have just allowed to happen – really OBAMA – where is the CHANGE – you ain't done nothin! – step up Democrats, come together – and get some stuff done!!! – ignoring the overall Republican clumping strategy has been a bad idea for years – they may be a bunch of slimy liars and hypocrites – but they come together to promote their agenda – not break ranks.

    January 19, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. ForThePeople

    Although I'm a Republican, this message should be heeded by all elected officials regardless of party affiliation. American people have become more involved, concerned, and aware over the last couple of years about the conduct inside the beltway. And as was demonstrated in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, the American people will "call you out!"

    January 19, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. gary

    The message is NO to more government. NO to higher taxes. NO to a ridiculous health care bill. NO to the leftist marxist agenda of Obozo. And NO to the libtards who thought Obozo's election was a carte blanch ticket to socialism. NO! NO! NO!

    January 19, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. GARY

    King speaking out in favor of the gop, WHAT A BIG SURPRISE.

    January 19, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. Linda

    Yes there is a message here to the dems but repubs need to be careful as well – the people are fed up with our government and if they repubs are going to continue to just obstruct it will be they who pay a big price come November.

    January 20, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  17. Proud American

    Funny King, I didn't know Obama was running for office in Mass.

    January 20, 2010 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  18. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    oh I don't know Raymond Maddow said tonight( is that his name ) that this clearly sends a message to the Dems pass health care at all cost. These liberals are not only CRAZY but they are also out numbered, america now realizes obama lied he will not govern from the middle and they can't believe they made such a huge mistake and Mass was just a big sorry to america won't happen again! oh happy day!!!!

    January 20, 2010 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  19. shiminlu

    Ted Kennedy had been living with his dream of Universal Health Care. Ionically, tonight, it appear his passing away becomes the reason for his dearm to pass away.

    January 20, 2010 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  20. Richard

    The "message" of the election is that the President and the democratic majority in Congress need to act boldy, and stop conceding major liberal progressive policies

    Voters in Massachusetts are not suddenly conservative republicans much as the republicans will talk up this as a turn in the political tide. Massachusetts voters are angry that the majority has not acted boldly enough on all fronts, economic and healthcare and the wars.

    Democratics in Congress are being told to "Man up!" and move this country forward – NOT become more timid and "conservative."

    January 20, 2010 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  21. mavcal

    By the time his term is over, Obama will have damaged the Democratic party and accomplished next to nothing. All the hysteria over getting this guy elected will be frozen in time, along with his grandiose agendas.

    January 20, 2010 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  22. J.V.Hodgson

    Dear Mr. King,
    You have a point to degree but you fail to put this adequately into perspective, both state wise and nationally.
    My point is, what is the total electorate when voting for a presidential candidate or a senatorial normal election total numbers compared with this mid term re-appointment. Huge I guess = 50 % who could did not = vote!
    If only 50 % of the electorate is turning out it is only 50 % valid irrespective of polls compared with actual votes.
    It is a fact that multiplying a pecentage by a percentage does not give the right answer mathematically.

    January 20, 2010 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  23. Preston k

    Pkm mass what a dumb move you will be sorry

    January 20, 2010 05:21 am at 5:21 am |