March 2nd, 2010
02:01 PM ET
5 years ago

Bunning still not answering questions

(CNN) – Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning is still not answering questions about his decision to block a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to millions of jobless Americans.

CNN's Dana Bash and a CNN camera crew again tried to get Bunning to comment more extensively on the controversy but the senator emphatically declined.


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  1. Tony

    Bunning has made it quite clear that he doesn't support this because it's not paid for and further increases the nation's debt.

    So he's answered your question, CNN. And it's a logical answer. You just don't like his answer.

    March 2, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Norad

    Seems pretty clear to me Mr Bunning is retiring soon, has nothing to lose and has been tapped by the GOP No Machine to act as fall guy. All his obstructionist collegues and the Neo-con pundits can then keep chanting the "DEMS are in the majority and won't do anything"! Just listen to the deafening silence coming from that side of the aisle condeming this haneous act. And for all the posters that I've read from this vile crap that if you've been unemployed for more than 6 months, you're lazy, enjoying too much TV, or what ever else- may some of you lose your jobs soon, and stay out of work until your benefits run out,- oh, wait... it likely won't matter; you were probably born with a silver spoon up your kiester!

    March 2, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. RufusVonDufus

    Hang in there, Senator Bunning! The Dems are looking more and more pathetic with each passing day. They are proving that they could not care less about their constituents getting their unemployment money or they would have already taken care of it through cloture. Too bad the stupids don't know what is being done to them and by who!

    March 2, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Pat

    Apparently Sen. Bunning has never been unemployed. Of course, when you have fat cat lobbyists and banks that send money your way, you'll never have a worry in the world.
    Maybe Kentucky will wake up and quite voting for a man like Bunning.

    March 2, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. lolo

    See this is what I mean by term limits. These old fools democrats and republicans need to be voted out now. They are slowing up the progress for the future of America. Idiots.

    March 2, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Shelly

    Another Republican made of stone. Can't give a dime to his fellow citizens going through hard times while sitting stone faced in his plush office on a Government payroll!
    Vote these crazies out, America!

    March 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Tim

    Last I checked, he has no obligation to answer your questions. When was the last time Obama answered your questions?

    March 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Linda MacG

    Senator Bunning is displaying clear evidence of antisocial personality disorder! There is no indication he has insight into the ramifications of his behavior; just stubborn insistence he has the right to block any Senate activity he chooses. Outrageous & disgusting!

    March 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. MJ

    America is broke! All this stimulus, cash for clunkers, cash for appliances, cash for green jobs is way over the top. How long should unemployment be paid? What is the incentive to look for a job when a check rolls in every week? Why not just convert it to welfare! Congress passed a law that states they have to pay as they go. What is wrong in using the unspent stimulus? What you smell in the rose garden is not roses.

    March 2, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. VernisRobertson

    This guy looks so racist it's a down right sin . He needs to think about all of the bills he voted for in pass years for the rich . Like for giving rich people tax breaks . See other people see as a welfare .But it's a different when you help rich people out. See in Republicans mind it's ok to help the rich , but not the poor.WOw

    March 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. sue

    The politicians thing they above the rest of us. They don't have to answer questions if they choose not too. After all, they really aren't held accountable to anyone but themselves. We let this happen???

    March 2, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. ThePeopleSee

    Here's an idea, Stop Pork belly spending, that will pay for the unemployment fund, Or hey, instead of bailing out the big banks with big bonus attitudes, bail out americans umemployed. Here's just one more idea, there are 40 million americans age 50 still in the workforce. give them all a million dollars with three conditions attached to it, (1) they retire. that just opened up 40K jobs. (2) They payoff current mortage and/or purchase a new home. Bang!, Housing and mortage market fixed. (3) Purchase at least one NEW AMERICAN MADE car. Boom!. Car industry is stable again....And if my figures are correct this is by far cheaper then the simulus program in place now that if we all knew the REAL Truth of what it is really being spend on most of us would FIRE our government and put them on the UNFUNDED unemployment line.

    March 2, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I really don't understand why being one of the most hated people in America right now doesn't seem to bother Jim Bunning! Does he really enjoy highlighting the Republican party as the biggest bunch of non caring obstructionists on the planet? If he were suddenly on the other side of this economy, and someone in Washington was holding up his unemployment benefits, he would be screaming the loudest! He really needs for someone to knock him off of his self-annointed pedestal and clue him into what the real world is like outside of Washington!

    March 2, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. rumrunner

    say what you want to about JB, i am no fan of his either, but what he did took tremendous courage. he is 'a voice in the wilderness' !

    March 2, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. drahcir61

    Bunning is not the "one man crusade" he appears to be. This is a Republican strategy to have the retiring Bunning take the heat. He doesn't care, he's leaving next January.

    Meanwhile all other Republicans can say they voted for the extension & avoid any backlash from Independent voters in November.

    March 2, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Wake Up

    CNN, instead of "bashing" anyone that disagrees with King Obama...do you ever actually analyze why people who oppose his debt repressive policies?? America will be bankrupt and liver forever poorer after these disastorous 4 years.

    Bush put us in debt, then OBAMA TRIPLED IT.

    March 2, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Charlie in Maine

    Ticker: CNN question angers senator

    Good job CNN keep up the pressure. Let's send him through the airport body scanner to see if he has a soul because he obviously has not heart.
    His kind makes me re-think the ban on water-boarding.

    March 2, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Jamie

    Where are all your GOP friends now, Bunning?

    March 2, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. PEACE ON EARTH

    MORE Republican SCUM BAGS

    This man PROVED to the American people that he is a poor excuse for a human-being.

    Unemployment benefits lapsed for hundreds of thousands of people. Road crews had to stop working without pay.

    ALL because of this OBSTRUCTIONIST RETHUGLICAN.

    March 2, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. 60's survivor

    yeah let's make the unemployed a political football. good idea bunning!! NOT

    March 2, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Angry White Male

    While its easy to have pity for the unemployed, you just can't go on forever.

    I lost my job after 9/11 and was unemployed for over 2 years. My benefits ran out, but I had to suck it up and cut my own personal spending to practically zero. Nobody was feeling sorry for me then.

    These benefits should be primarily for those who recently lost work, not those that are still on the dole after several extensions.

    Call me cold, but you've got to pull yourself out of unemployment, waiting around for Obama to save you is not going to cut it. It's called something few seem to preach anymore....."personal responsibility"

    I know, it sucks to be unemployed, the economy is partly to blame for your situation, but it's still your responsibility and you cannot have endless unemployment benefits. Life is not fair, and the sooner you realize it, the better off you will be.

    March 2, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Bubble of Sanity

    Someone give me a civics lesson. How does 1/41st of the minority party of the US Senate block a bill? There's something fishy about this.

    Somebody's not telling us something here.

    March 2, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Joseph

    As an independent taxpayer, I would really like to ask CNN's Dana Bash and CNN's camera crew and any other mainstream news organizations to ask a simple question to Obama and Democrappy party: why do you spend our taxpayers' 1.5 trillions of dollars during last 15 months without creating any verifiable and credible jobs? They have not answered to American taxpayers for wasting so much money so quick so huge.

    March 2, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. MikeH

    Slap a tax on Banker and Wall Street Fat-Cat bonuses for 2009, that should more than pay for the extension.

    Slap a tax on being Republican Right-Wing, that's sorta like a tax on cigarettes, since both are unhealthy for Americans.

    March 2, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Emma

    We have a problem if one man possesses the legislative power to halt
    the work of the Congress. How can this be prevented from happening?

    March 2, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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