March 2nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
8 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. Dutch/BAd Newz, VA

    While your at it Mr. President, call out all the republicans holding up your appointees. Call them all out. The People need to see who these obstructionists are so we can deal with them in November and give them a pink slip.

    March 2, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Nosey Canadians should mind their own business

    The unemployed should just have a nice meeting at Bunnings home and try to persuade him to change his mind.

    March 2, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    New republican rule. If you are unemployed-languish in poverty. You are on your own plus you must pay your taxes so that wars can continue.

    March 2, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Rose

    Obama will not say that this bill is a 130 Billion bill that adds Health care issues, it is not a bill that only covers unemployment benefits so where is the emergency for the Health care bill add on. The bill reduces Medicare benefits paid to doctors, why does that belong in this bill??? It won't be long before NO doctor will be willing to accept a Medicare covered patient. This adm. sneaks in too much of their agenda into these bills. Obama goes against what he already signed into to law, PAYGO.

    March 2, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Bill

    Tell Robert Gibbs, Savannah Technical College and obama to STICK IT. After fourteen months their crap is getting more than a little boring

    March 2, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Mike in MN

    Bunning supports the bill, he just wants the Democrats to stand behind the pay as you go rules they have been grandstanding about.
    Why won't the Democrats pay for this new spending? They could have done so days ago and the bill would be passed without any issue. Again, why do the Dmeocrats refuse to follow thru on the pay as you go rules they have been bragging about? The Democrats have been making a big deal grandstanding that they will pay for all new spending. So now they refuse to. Why?

    March 2, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Joe Public

    Good for Bunning! If it's so important, how can congress not find available funding for it??
    Yes, it is certainly painful in the short run, no question about it. But if we can't fund this, this will be the least of our worries.

    March 2, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Nosey Canadians should mind their own business

    Lets have a good old fashioned bench clearing and just give Bunning a taste of the good old days.

    March 2, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Virginia L. Goodman

    Robert Gibbs is correct. Bunning is being totally irrational! We don't need people in Washington, D. C. like this. Let them go to another country and play their little games.

    March 2, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Steph

    Go after him Barrack! Bunning voted for the unfunded wars and said nothing while the Republicans pushed through the tax cuts for the very wealthy...using reconcilitation (all Fox refer to it as the nuclear option). Bunning is a hypocrite!

    March 2, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. martychgo

    Irrespective of your part affilitation, you all have to admit that Senator Bunning is out of touch with the reality of main street. His absence of any professional decorum and civility just makes it even worse. This is a poor and too often representative view of the "Just say no!" Republicans. Senator Bunning can't retire too soon for all of us who are hurting and the poor imagine he gives to the Senate and to his fellow Republicans.

    March 2, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Angus McDugan

    If it is such an emergency then why does Obama continually put all the country's efforts and money into ObamaCare?!?!?!?!?!?


    March 2, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. John in WV

    This bill helps the middle class. That's why you have an irrational republican opposing it. The fact he doesn't have to worry about re-election makes it easier also. It amuses me to hear republicans claim there is no money to help working Americans but there is an open check book to help the rich. Bunning's actions demonstrate the anger republicans have at not being in control.

    March 2, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. seebofubar

    Obama and Gibbs shut up and go away. We are sick of you. You signed the pay as you go law, Obama, now live up to it! Never in my life have I seen such an inconsistant special intrest serving administration. This country will remember Obama as the worst president in history.

    March 2, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Marilyn

    To this administration everything is an "emergency situation". If this run-away spending is not stopped we will find out what a real emergency situation is when the country becomes insolvent.

    March 2, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Jilli

    "Irrational" is being kind. I'd lean toward insane.

    Bunning certainly has issues.

    March 2, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Marcus Tate

    Oh, boy – Obama vs Bunning, 10 round exhibition for our enertainment. My money is on O.

    March 2, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Carol Price

    Someone needs to take on Bunning and give him a reality check. These people didn't choice to loose their jobs. Our government and corporate America made that decision for them. Our government has lost its soul. While filling their pockets with our tax money.

    March 2, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Meagan

    I am outraged!!! If Jim Bunning isnt going to give me a job then he needs to stop with this ridiculous blocking of unemployment benefits

    March 2, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. seid

    Why don't you ask all members of Republican Party as simple as this question " Are you eleted to defend the intrest of a rich peple?" I bet you they wouldn't answer this questions directly. As they intent to lean to the rich people media must state this solid fact.

    Bunning must resign because of his stupid, moron, arrogant chracter!!!

    March 2, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Fitz in Texas

    "This is an emergency situation," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporter"

    No, the "emergency situation" is getting this administration out of our lives and the sooner the better.

    March 2, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. I voted for Obama and proud of it in Oregon

    I understand why you didn't address the issue of Bunning . but I wish you would have the guy is a bottom feeding jerk butt wipe turd
    he needs to be fired and all benifits removed and he can get into the soup line like the rest of america . GO OBAMA make america proud and take back the corporate control . stop the health insurance industry from raping america . get us back to work and rebuild our pride and ability to make america great once again 🙂



    March 2, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I watched the speech and it was good. If you don't want to attack him Mr. President, fine. The media will do all the dirty work.

    March 2, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. rob

    Bunning is trying to make the point that the president stated last week that from now on we would start using "Pay-Go" when we increase spending etc. Now of course the first spending bill that hits Congress will not be "Paid" for but will just be added to the debt but the Dems and the liberal media on que roll out the "Victims" of Bunnings block. We hear all the horrible stories of the struggling people who will not get paid bennifits or construction projects stopped etc. etc. The problem is as usual we don't get the whole story. Bunning wants the extension but he's insisting on following the rules President Obama came out with to show how he is a Deficit Hawk but the Dems obiously won't follow.

    Why don't we get these poor "Victims" on TV telling their stories of life without a job for the last year while the Dems fight with each other about Health Care Bills that the American people don't even want?

    March 2, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |

    if it is an emergency then pass the big bill or is that going to take a year of democratic i want i want go ahead and pass it i dont see the problem take the money out of the tarp and pay the unemployed with that why cant the dems do anything without crying about it are they that narrow minded that they cant solve anything if ti challenge them mentally?

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