March 2nd, 2010
02:01 PM ET
4 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. Lois in CA

    Why is this man so bitter? He has health care, has his salary paid by taxpayers, has a job, ( for now) and has lots of attention. I bet he didn't quibble about where the money was when his party went to war in Iraq hunting those illusive WMDs. I bet he didn't quibble when his party ran up the biggest deficit in US history. But now that the party he hates, (and led by that uppity black guy) is in power, suddenly it's time to get a conscious? I'm so glad I have a (low-paying) job and that someone as mean and stingy as this doesn't have the power to decide whether my children can eat dinner or have a roof over their heads.

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

    That's because there is no good answer for Bunning's actions.

    Stamping your feet and screaming "whaaa, whaaa, whaaa, whaaa" isn't much of a position for a U.S. Senator to take.

    March 2, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Emma

    He is right, it will add to the deficit as do his medical insurance premiums that we pay and his retirement benefits. Has he decided to pay as we go for his benefits?

    March 2, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Johnny DC

    First of all, why does one GOP Senator's actions make it okay for you Liberal nutjob posters to just flat out assume that the RNC and Republicans worldwide agree with the man's decisions?

    Secondly, do you realize that there are limited resources to go around? Why not extend benefits forever? Or just give every American a $5000 check every single Tuesday? It's called feasibility, and responsibility. The buck has to stop somewhere, and this man has chosen to take a stand right here. Unemployment benefits were already extended far beyond their original duration. Some other approach must be tried.

    March 2, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. JT the college freshman from MO

    I saw his actions yesterday in his response to another senator, and I have to say that was very childlike to do. He is supposed to be a senator with an decent education in public civility; what ever happened to being able to disagree without being disagreeable? I may be naive, but I believe that is not the way for any senator to act no matter which party they are from.
    Immaturity is not just in the government, it is in the public as well. I can think of a really adequate example of how both the public and the government are not being civil. I am sure the big majority of people have heard of the issue of "defining marriage" in their lifetimes. I believe that not allowing anyone who is Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, or Transgender to marry or serve in the military is not only unpatriotic but also unconstitutional. Let me explain myself here:

    I have read the Full Faith and Credit Clause of our constitution, and here is what I got out of reading it:
    Section 1: Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.
    Section 2: The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states.

    A person charged in any state with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another state, shall on demand of the executive authority of the state from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the state having jurisdiction of the crime.

    Section 3: New states may be admitted by the Congress into this union; but no new states shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state; nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more states, or parts of states, without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress.

    The Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to prejudice any claims of the United States, or of any particular state.

    Section 4: The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.

    Take a look at the last part of Section 3 again,"...and nothing in this constitution shall be so constructed as to prejudice any claims of the United States, or of any particular state."

    In modern English, that translates to treating everyone in every state the same; if a gay couple is legally married in one state, lets say New Hampshire, then all of the other states in our union should treat them the same, and not treat them unfairly.
    That is personally how I percieve the Full Faith and Credit Clause of our constitution; I am not a constitutional scholar by any means, but I believe that section 3, where it talks about no state having the right to treat someone unfairly, I think that also includes allowing anyone to marry no matter who they choose to marry. If one state recognizes a couple as legally married, then all of the other states in our union should, under section 3 of the Full Faith and Credit Clause, do so as well.
    I know that there are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in the GLBT community; this, in my opinion, should have nothing to do with politics. This should have to do with what is morally right to do and how to treat someone morally fairly. My views on religion may not be what the majority of Americans agree on, but I think that everyone should agree that denying someone basic rights that you are allowed to do like marry and serve in the military, will only come back to bite you ten times as hard. Have a good day to all of you.

    March 2, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Jim b are great for his senate

    March 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. QLee

    Since Senator Bunning wont' be up for re-election, it appears that he is willing to do the Republicans' dirty work. The Republican effort to be the party of "no" has accomplished nothing. It has halted any progress. I, for one, will be voting for a Democratic Senator this fall in the hope that with more Democrats Congress can work with the President and get health care and other important issues passed. It appears to me that the Republican strategy is to just sit tight until 2012. Well, I've got news for them. We can't wait that long! They could have at least shown some effort to work with the President.

    March 2, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. MikeH

    MatthewDetroit's comments are proof positive that he is a paid message poster for the Righ Wing Republican Extremists.

    Matthew:Detroit supports Bunning's witholding of aid to thousands of suffering Americans. Not even the RNC has taken that stand.

    Bunning is awful, but what is far worse is a despicable shill being paid to spread lies and suffering. People who do this aren't American.

    March 2, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Ben Hamilton

    Dear CNN (Donna Bash):

    Please aske Senator Bunning how he compares his action to block extension of unemployment and health care benefits, with his upcoming senatorial retirementt benefits (a most generous pension for his brief service as a senator and his health insurance benefits, which are among the best in the USA). Is he a hypocrite, or is there another name for what he is doing to the disadvantaged??

    Ben Hamilton

    March 2, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. RCP

    Why doesn't Ms. Bash and her crew hound the President, his Press Secretary and members of his cabinet asking them "Howare you going to pay for all your promises?" or "Why are you in favor of cutting medicare benefits?" or "Your plans to create jobs and economic growth only seem to work if one ignores all of the lessons of economic history–how do you justify such plans absent any proven economic basis?"

    March 2, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. ran

    He can not answer questions about this because he has no answer to why he did not do this for Bush's 2 wars and 2 tax cuts for the wealth.

    I can only hope the great people of KY will vote in a Democrat to fill his seat in 2010. I do not think they can continue to ignore the fact that any Republican at this time will do for the people.

    His action is just a clearer example of how the Republicans have continued to obstruct any thing that is of help to the people.

    March 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Jason

    Somebody should send him back to his inbreeding relatives in Kentucky. If this is an example of the people Kentucky elects then maybe they don't deserve to be a state.

    March 2, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Regis from Florida

    Just waterboard that GOP Taliban redneck, I’m pretty sure he will answer very quickly….

    March 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. David

    Mr. Class apparently can't say anything unless he uses expletives, which apparently causes his middle finger to extend.

    March 2, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. red in mad

    Why does cnn think Bunning needs to give answer? Why doesn't cnn ask why the rest of the senate needs to fund some thing when there is no money.

    March 2, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Mr. Moderate

    Wonder what he got paid for taking this position and who paid him?

    March 2, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Jeff in Houston

    Health care, civil rights, questions of fairness and equality of any kind; this is the Republican heart at its very finest. How much more evidence does white blue collar America need before they understand that the Republican party is not their friend, that they are ANYTHING but Christian, and would sell their own mother for a dime.

    March 2, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. waggs

    senator, I'd be willing to say you need to not think about re-election at this point...

    March 2, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Eric

    Once again, the party of NO shows its true colors, has no concern for the everyday American, always pure politics. This clown has voted a thousand times without 'proof' on how something will be funded, but now, when it's needed more than ever. Just ALL politics in defiance to a black president....good riddens to this RACIST!

    March 2, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. JC

    This is why we dont have term-limits for these people. Imagine every senators acting like they have nothing to lose?

    March 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Sweet Lou

    Kinda get the impression Republicans hate Democrats more than they hate al-Qaeda.

    March 2, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. Raymond W. Seward

    I GET IT NOW!!!! Sen. Bunnings actions as of late actually has nothing to do with blocking unemployment. He is aware better than anyone else that this bill will proceed with or without him. Sen. Bunning has accomplished something that only a hand full of men before him have been able to do. President Roosevelt with Pearl Harbor and President Bush with 911. Sen. Bunning has united this country once again, but this time against him and the Republican Party. He's not running for office again so this wont effect him but it will effect the Republican Party. The Republican party wants Sen. Bunning Out, he is not nor ever was one of the good old boys, and they have done a good job at getting him to step down. I'm sure that you have heard of the old saying – You may take me down, but I will take you with me. Well in my opinion this is Sen. Bunnings kiss of death to the Republican Party. Everyone has been asking him Why Now! and his response was Why Not! He's done what he has set out to do, he knows that this unemployment package will pass and that the payments will be retro-active, Well the Republicans got him and He just got you Back!!!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Perry

    Bunning has voted for Bush deficit spending measures previously so there is no reason for the "holier than thou" attitude now.

    He just feels like saying NO.

    March 2, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Paul Vaughan

    How many of the Senators and Representatives won the election for their current seat with 51 percent or less of the votes cast and are opposed to reconciliation?

    March 2, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    He HAS in fact answered – you are simply NOT listening! WE DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY – fund the spending first; take it from someplace else or do whatever, but do not simply ring it up without paying!!!

    Loony lib Dems (and RINOs) are writing checks we cannot cash!

    March 2, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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