July 15th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
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Republicans blast Obama amid Democratic Party tension

Sen. Orrin Hatch spoke out Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Orrin Hatch spoke out Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Washington (CNN) - Republicans wasted no time Thursday in calling out President Obama and Democrats for their handling of the economy, warning the country should not follow the Democratic Party down the road to ruin.

"It is time this administration and its Capitol Hill ally stop this job-killing agenda," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said at a press conference with other Republican senators.

Obama is simply "out of touch with the American people and out of touch with the economic realities of our country in the summer of 2010," said Sen. John Barasso, R-Wyoming.

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Filed under: 2010 • GOP • Orrin Hatch
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  1. one voice

    So the 750,000 jobs lost in each of the 3 months before Obama took office Obama's fault? Outsourcing our jobs oversees during the Bush era was o.k.? CREEPS

    July 15, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. B.H.

    Democrats have a Job-killing agenda???

    Is the GOP NUTS?? Unpaid tax cuts the GOP want to enact or extend would take revenue away from the government and add trillions to the deficit!!! More and more spending for wars!! But no jobless benefits for those hard-working Americans who were laid off from their jobs and paid into unemployed benefits!! It's a national disgrace. The GOP is populated by kooks. Does the GOP know anything about economics?? The GOP's old, tired trickle-down economics theory culminated in the verge of another Great Depression in the American economy.

    Will someone not hold these GOP scoundrels to account?

    July 15, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Augsbee

    This is why I think it would be wise to let Bill Clinton who had lots of experience in Administration/Managemen when he became President to help Obama run the country as Obama has no Administrative/Management experience and frankly is in over his head. Clinton can train Obama, show him the ropes.

    July 15, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. thor

    It is obvious that Obama hasn't a clue of how to fix the economy.All he can do is blame someone else for this miserable mess.He's had 18 months to do something about it and we still have 9.5% unemployment and no signs that it's going to get better any time soon.

    July 15, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    REPUBLICAN'TS ARE "... warning the country should not follow the Democratic Party down the road to ruin."

    Okay – so let the country follow the RepubliCAN'Ts to that "road to NOWHERE."

    THEY ALSO ARE SAYING: "Obama is simply "out of touch with the American people and out of touch with the economic realities of our country in the summer of 2010," LOL What happened to Winter, Spring and Fall?????????????"

    Dang – talk about SCARE TACTICS – "Ohhhh, I'm SHAKING in my BOOTS." This is getting to be FUNNY and sounds more and more like a rated one-start movie – Or – like what we used to say, "Sounds like a broken record." Give me a break!!

    July 15, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |

    I think presdient obama hve too much problems so amercian will not vote for presdient obama but impeach need get out of him

    July 15, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Joe

    All the GOP can do is complain and criticize. In 2008, they denied there was a recession going on, blaming news of it on a media attempt to discredit them going into the elections–but if they had recognized it then and actually done something we would not be in the condition we are now. They clearly do not care anything about helping the middle class–they have offered no solutions, only attacks on any attempts to try to fix the mess.

    Come on GOP–tell us what we can do to fix things.

    July 15, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. John J. Puccio

    The "economic path" of the Republican Party is to take from the middle class and poor and give to the rich. They've created the biggest divide between rich and poor in history. The Republican "economic path" has been the ruin of the country since Ronald Reagan, and they want it to continue? Of course, they do, since the Republican Party and their Limbaugh/Beck/Fox News lapdogs are bought and sold by the rich.

    July 15, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Cody

    The President should take notice when the chronically out of touch GOP somehow has insight to warn him that he is out of touch with America and Americans on the jobs issue.
    Maybe the rest of the story was cut of,f but did not see either Senator Hatch or Senator Hatch explain his or their party's plan to create jobs and restore America's economic health. I am sure they have a plan and thery are not just political grandstanding.

    July 15, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. David

    The GOP, Democrats, Tea Party, Conservatives, Independents, Liberals, and any other political party in Washington have there own agenda with no compromise for the other. Divided we fall, remember that!

    July 15, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Not Republican

    Without the Bush Tax cuts for the uber rich, without the 'pubs deregulating business practices at every turn, without the ridiculous war in Iraq (faux patriots don't question the logic or even moral ground when the Commander in Chief says 'bomb, bomb, bomb)..
    without those bone-headed actions that the GOP is fully responsible for, the USA would be in a much better position to deal with this global recession.

    Orin Hatch is the poster boy for everything the Bush WH did wrong.. afterall, he had about a 99% voting record with anything that Bush, Delay and the other morally bankrupt bunch put forth.

    But, as with all GOP 'civil' servants, Hatch relies on the poor memory of those who vote Republican.

    July 15, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. nena

    What are these people,(Republicans) talking about, isn't it they whose only desire is for the President and the Democrats to fail. Are they so blind and deaf, can't they see that the President and the Democrats are working hard at creating jobs, plus fixing the MESS that they (Republicans) left behind. The mess that they left behind in 2008 is a mess of grand scale and is going to take time to fix. Now if only those lazy politicians would get to work and help out with solutions to the problems then our country would start progressing sooner. STOP COMPLAINING NOW REPUBLICANS AND STOP WAISTING TAX PAYERS MONEY!!!!!!!!! GET TO WORK FOR AMERICA!!!!

    July 15, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Djinn

    If Obama and the Dems are out of touch why is it that the Repugnicans are holding back on unemployment and their idiot in residence Kyl is calling for extending tax cuts to the wealthy??

    July 15, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Duck Fallas

    Only a guy from Wyoming can be in touch with the American people. And the American sheep.

    Can you guys quit changing the subject, and get back to luvin' BP and the banks and hatin' the hispanics?

    July 15, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. David in Houston

    Dear republican senators,

    How quickly you forget that it was YOUR policies that forced this country to be in its current predicament. You and your ilk got us into this mess and have done everything in your power to stop any type of recovery from moving forward!

    Why? ...because if you were to actually do something constructive that might benefit the country, it could make our President look good...and there is no way anyone in the republican party will allow that. Especially not in an election year.

    I guess you are all republican first, American second.

    You all should be ashamed of youselves.

    July 15, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. ProudTexan

    The Republicans are so laughable to think that educated Americans don't realize they were the ones who got us in trouble in the first place. LMAO! The Republican party is coming to an end soon! The Republican party is grasping at straws on the way down and splintering as they go! The press releases pointing fingers just goes to prove the point. The Democrats are in a "civil war" amongst themselves, the same goes for the Republicans as well. I read the headlines everyday just to get a new laugh! The show the Republicans put on is better than any Broadway show! They make themselves look like idiots at every turn! My prediction of the two party system ending within the next twenty years may be coming true sooner than later!

    July 15, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. anthony

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy lost 7.9 million private-sector jobs since the recession started in December 2007, despite a gain of 593,000 this year. If Boehner's statement that the economy lost 3 million private-sector jobs under Obama (while gaining 400,000 government jobs) is correct, this means that the economy lost close to 5 million private-sector jobs under Bush in this recession. Is this what he meant by "the epitome of failure"?

    July 15, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Susan L.

    Give me a break!!! We should listen to the idiots who got us where we are instead? Sure, the Democrats have been slow, timid, and, most importantly, too damned corporatist. But the Republicans would quickly turn us into a 3rd World Country. They were well on the way to that after George W. Bush's disastrous 8 years. I still can't believe enough people were stupid enough to vote for that guy twice, let alone once.

    People, if you don't get out there and hold your nose and vote for the Democrats, you're going to go back to the Bush years for the sheer incompetence, greed, and corruption (lobbyists will sure be happy, though!) that a Republican-controlled Congress will bring with it. THINK!!!! Do you really want to watch John Boehner & Eric Cantor 24/7 on the news talking about impeaching President Obama, repealing Health Care Reform, giving entitlements back to Wall Street by repealing Financial Reform? Do you really want the next 2 years to have not only nothing useful get done, but to actually make things WAY worse by undoing what little good the Democrats managed to do?

    What you really need to do is get rid of the damnable Blue Dog Democrats, like that turncoat Ben Nelson or Blanche Lincoln. It's people like them - the "conservative" Democrats - that are keeping meaningful and useful change from occurring. You want to blame anyone for the slowness of progres, blame them. And the Republican'ts.

    July 15, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Larry

    Hey Barasso ...

    Talk about being out of touch with Americans

    Look in the mirror buddy

    Remember it was a MAJORITY of Americans that put Obama in office

    WE LOVE THE GUY ....

    "This message has been brought to you by intelligent caring Americans"

    Thank You

    July 15, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Georgia, Joe

    These characters know about losing jobs. They helped the Bush administration drive the Country into a recession and lose 8 million jobs. Why would we accept anything they say? The economy is finally starting to recover from the mess they created and add private sector jobs again. I own a small business and have hired 12 people since May 1st. I don't want Republican's to ever have any control over this economy again.

    July 15, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. CHUCK

    Who should we follow? The same party who has done nothing to help solve any of our economic problems. Wow! these guys have some nerve. The party of no strikes again.

    July 15, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. jeff jackson, alabama

    Come on, Orrin, a Harvard graduate out of touch
    with reality. Naaa.....

    July 15, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Otto

    Sure...thanks to the Republicans who placed us on the road to destruction. Trillions spend on their illegal wars, blunders and lining their pockets; while decent working tax payers suffer.

    The party of NO has surely shown their true colors and they very well know there are millions of ignorant people following in lock step.

    July 15, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Big George in Big D

    Nobama is out of touch with reality and everything that goes with it – he is only out to get us and to satisfy his own "agenda"! Never have I ever seen such a narcissist as he and his ilk! How's the hopey changey thing working out for you liberals?

    July 15, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Dano

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Republicans controlled Congress & the White House, started 2 wars while cutting taxes on the wealthy, and turned a budget surplus into a massive deficit between 2000 – 2006. Now they have the nerve to try to shift blame to the President and the Democrats for this dismal economy they brought about by irresponsible governing? What hypocrites!

    July 15, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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