March 2nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to take on Bunning

(CNN) - White House aides are saying there's a "strong possibility" President Obama will take on Sen. Jim Bunning during the president's 1230 p.m. ET economic remarks at Savannah Technical College.

The president's staff has already been making political hay out of Bunning's filibuster against extending unemployment benefits.

"This is an emergency situation," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters Tuesday morning. "Hundreds of thousands have been left in the lurch....I don't know how you negotiate the irrational."

12:20 p.m. ET UPDATE: A White House official tells CNN the president and his aides decided at the last minute to drop any reference to Sen. Bunning in his economic remarks to avoid getting mixed up in the "Senate debate du jour" today.

The official said the White House wants the president's remarks to focus instead "on the employment picture in Georgia" and the nation in general, and will let Gibbs' pushback on Bunning stand on its own.


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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    Since when is it irrational for the government to identify where $10 billion is going to come from when it wants to make that commitment? This commitment needs to be paid for and should have enough priority over all of these other Democratic projects to identify a source of funding.

    Obama wants to call this an emergency and by doing that not have to take it out of any of the existing federal budgets. That is wrong and irresponsible.

    March 2, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Fed Up

    Whatever! More political grandstanding from both sides. There was no problem paying off the big businesses, but the little guy has suffered under this administration. Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out.

    March 2, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Julie

    Lets stop the senators pay check and health benefits, make all of congress go on a furlough, that way we can cut spending. I hope the people remember this if he should run for re-election, and know that he has kicked his constituents in the gut.

    March 2, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Sadie

    Give him HELL Obama........and make not only him but the rest of the Republican party for all their filibustering.........if you have to use Reconciliaton use it to pass all these bill they are filibustering.......

    March 2, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Great pitcher, lousy human being!

    March 2, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Irrational is a very good term for Bunning and the people who agree with him. How else can you explain turning your back and giving the finger to the hurting people right her in America, while voting to spend a million dollars a year to send a soldier to a foreign country where we don;t belong, to die? Ludicrous might be even better.

    March 2, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Wes Gibbs

    Senator Bunning is only articulating and openly showing his actions of the rest of the Republican Party's contempt for the Middle and Working Classes of people in the United States. The Republican Party and the old Witch Palin think the American People are going to hand the country back over to the crooks who wrecked it for the last thirty years spending it broke and then blame the Democrats and Obama for helping working people after the Republicans and The United Corporations of America have outsourced all the good jobs overseas and turned America into a third world country and declared war on our citizens and all they can think of is how to protect and make the rich richer. Yeah right. Palin, go home, look after your baby, shut up. Republicans, resign, let some moderate and liberal Republicans redeem your party and go home before you get indicted or worse and go to jail.

    March 2, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. patNY

    Ok, Bunning's problem is that this should be subject to Pay as You Go, which he voted against. I think someone needs to check his meds. And, if we apply this to PayGo...then ok, lets take the money from the bloated Pentagon budget...they can afford a cut.

    March 2, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. James Miller

    Smart move by Bunning. He is now the "fiscal conservative" that appeals to his voters/backers knowing full well that the unemployed didn`t / wouldn`t vote for him anyway -- so he`s lost nothing. QUESTION – Where was he and all of the "fiscal conservatives" during Bush II ????

    March 2, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. j

    Bunning should resign.

    March 2, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Ex Republican

    Its easy to deal with the irrational.
    Where's Timothy McVeigh when you need him?

    March 2, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. jules sand-perkins

    This sounds like a good fight: I'd like a ringside seat.
    Do we send senators to Washington to "support" and obey everything the president in everything he wants done?
    Senator Bunning was supporting President Obama's "Pay As You Go" policy.
    Can't the President just issue an executive order?
    Why try to make it bipartisan?

    March 2, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I'm not one of the millions of Americans who need a job but I do care about those who need the jobs bill passed. Please Mr. President, take on Bunning for the American people. This is totally inhumane for Bunning to deny millions of Americans and their families food and shelter in their desperate time of need. This isn't a case of welfare, people are without jobs.

    March 2, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    Watch out Senator.... Barack "Al Capone" Obama will set the Chicago machine on you.

    March 2, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Dave

    It's about time mr. president

    March 2, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Kevin in Ohio

    By the way, CNN....this is NOT a filibuster. This is an opposition to "Unanimous Consent". Harry Reid can stop this very easily by putting this to a vote.

    March 2, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Kentucky, send a message to your senators. VOTE THEM OUT

    Please Mr. President,
    Don't bother taking on someone whose name is MUD within his own party and the state he represents.

    March 2, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. MARKPAIN

    If he does he needs to address the senators from my state Sessions and Shelby for their actions(lies, racism, stupidity). Hell he should take on all the gop for being obstructionists with no ideas other than being against everything the Democrats put out. It`s about time he leads instead of letting others tell him he`s "doing a heck of a job"

    March 2, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Senator Burning something is mental wrong with this man. He a nut!

    March 2, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    What does Bunning have to worry about?

    Obama "took on" terroists – they hate us even more
    Obama "took on" Iran – they are building nuclear capability even faster
    Obama "took on" Guantanamo – it is still in operation
    Obama "took on" banks and corporations – they are fat and happy

    March 2, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Dutch/BAd Newz, VA

    Stick it ot him Mr. President. The nerve of Sen. Bunning doing this. People are suffering and he's fillibstering unemployment benefits. Is Sen. Bunning American? (scratching my head). I can understand his legitimate concern of this being paid for, but for Christ sake, now Sen. Bunning wants to be fiscally responsible. This is not the time to be playing politics.

    March 2, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. To take on....

    Pres Obama to take on/or up BUNNY-Hopping...Bunning....I'm warning
    you....you better or else......Just like Washington Obama is part of what he was going to fix...............................................................................yeah!

    March 2, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. D artist5

    Go get em President Obama take your gloves off on these guys, and give it to them where it hurts, because GOP is a bunch of crap they're do whatever it takes to win the midterm election. This latest stunt is just an example of how low they would go to score political points.
    So keep pushing back them Mr President. the American people are
    with you. YES WE CAN!

    March 2, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't know how you negotiate the irrational."
    --------------------------------
    We've been saying this for almost a year. Stop trying to negotiate with people who are irrational (GOP). You have the advise of Nobel Peace economists vis-a-vis the economy, listen to them. You have the yapping of so-called senators out to maintain their status quo, and who pose no viable solutions and certainly do not have the knowledge of said economists: dismiss them.

    The GOP is irrationally intent on increasing their numbers in the House by making those that are trying to remedy our problem the boogeymen. The GOP is focused on elections and increasing their personal and political coffers by appealing to the lowest denominator in humans: fear. We must combat their effectiveness by presenting a strong, clear, and united front. The people have been waiting while we make nine-nice with these dolts and so much more more could've been accomplished by now.

    March 2, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Danny Davis

    I think it is terribly irresponsible for one Senator to be able to hold up a major funding proposal. Senator Bunning is an arrogant ass and needs to be reprimmanded and censured by the Senate. His actions are totally unacceptable. But really, what do you expect from a die hard Republican.

    March 2, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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