October 9th, 2010
10:20 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP points fingers at Democrats

(CNN) – Republicans came out swinging in their weekly address Saturday, with the speech sounding like a midterm election roadmap for candidates across the country.

Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming delivered the remarks that criticized the president over the unemployment rate, federal debt, taxes and health care.

"Very little trust remains. The president's policies are irresponsible, and unsustainable," Barrasso said in the video. "If you are tired of Washington's broken promises, you now have a choice. More of the same or a new direction."

Barrasso said the GOP will put the country in the right direction, pointing to Republicans' recently unveiled "Pledge for America" that he says addresses taxes, spending and health care.

Most of the president's weekly address emphasized the importance of education, but he too touched on the economy.

"All that really matters is getting back on your feet," President Obama said in his address. "If we're serious about getting our fiscal house in order, we'll need to make some tough choices. I'm prepared to make those choices."

The addresses come one day after the latest 9.6 percent unemployment figure was released and a little less than a month before the November elections.


Filed under: 2010 • GOP weekly address • John Barrasso • President Obama
soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Mike from MN

    Right ... Keynesian-based economic policies are irresponsible while Bush/GOP policies of expedient election results are! GOP idiots trying to fool America with there tax-cuts solutions which for nearly a decade only proved to show the rich are the ones who benefited from it the most. 2000-2009 showed ZERO economic growth! When there's ZERO economic growth, across the board tax cuts has been proven to not work. It's like adding fuel to a slowly burning fire. Just take ECON 101 to learn more.

    October 9, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. a in austin

    I love how Republicans speak against the policies of Washington. They are a part of Washington and the failed policies. Amazing how they spin their words hoping middle class Americans have forgotten it was them that got us into the mess we are in. Where's your anger towards the US Chamber of Commerce using foreign funds to fund elections? Which country are they supporting? China? Saudi? Get real and face the facts. YOU are destroying the middle class citizens right here. What's your answer? Continue to ship jobs overseas? Continue to ignore Main Street while Wall Street continues with outrageous bonuses?

    October 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. stufthis

    What a pile of crap. Republicans are the party of anti: anti social security, anti medicare, anti VA, anti GI bill, anti 14th amendment (Rubio in FL is a 14th amendment product), anti job creation, anti stimulus, anti health reform, anti middle class, anti worker, anti police, anti firemen, anti public education, anti regulations on Wall Street, big oil, big insurance. They are for: money from foreign countries where they shipped our jobs, for the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy which will drive our debt higher, and are for keeping our troops in the middle east forever.

    October 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. bs

    While the world sleeps, we are rapidly approaching the end of time.

    May God have mercy on each one of us.

    October 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Pollwatcher

    The Republican's "new" direction is the same road that got us in this mess. NO thank you.

    October 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    More of the same vote republican. more change vote democrat

    October 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. carl

    So is exactly the GOP has as a counter measure beside the same old GOP tactics that did not work? That new pledge to WallStreet had nothing to do with the middle class. So what is the GOP road map exactly?

    October 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. ron

    The hypocritical Republicans are always talking about fixing the unemployment rate, yet they sent millions of jobs overseas, and repealing healthcare, yet they let premiums run wild for eight years, only a fool will believe this double talk.

    October 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. GeorgeVT

    hmmm... the roadmap that was written for an $80,000 fee by lobbyists? oh yeah, let's take that road...

    October 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. John Tighe

    The GOP's plan has worked pretty well, standing in the way of any solutions of the problems they themselves created in the hopes of blaming the other side for being ineffective.

    October 9, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Jason from TX

    Yes, finger pointing has long been their claim to fame; seems to be their main core competency since they have no real solutions to the mess they help create all along. No shame w/this party; and worse, no accountability. Sick of their pompous attitudes and lack of regard for us middle class moderates. Believe me, I'm surrounded by them!

    October 9, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Clwyd

    Let me finger point! GW!

    October 9, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Old Guy

    We're still waiting on what the GOP is going to do. The pledge says nothing about what they are going to cut. The Defense budget is up 400 Billion since the GOP had total control. That's 400 additional billion dollars a year in debt. They still favor the wars adding 200 additional dollars a year to the debt. They still have found no way to pay for the medicare drug program adding hundreds of billions in further debt in the future. They want to continue the Bush taxc cuts which again add an additional 390 Billion dollars a year to the national debt. This adds up to a Trillion dollars of yearly debt, caused by the GOP and all of it is off the table.

    October 9, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. russ wilber

    How can anything improve if the republicans only vote NO. They don't want the middle class to have a better life. They are the problem not the Dems. The republicans vote no for jobs and tax breaks for business and then blame it on the Dems. wake up independents. we need to throw the Republicans out of washington.

    October 9, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Gobama!

    That's the only thing republicans know how to do. Point fingers.

    October 9, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. ST

    Unfortunately GOP has not explained to people how are they going to do it differently from that time they were kicked off from power. What were their mistakes and how they will rectify these mistakes. I get difficulties to earn their trust that things this time will change.

    October 9, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Christine O'Rangel

    Yawn......The do nothings are now lifting and pointing a finger......I notice its not into a mirror.....scum

    October 9, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. graham Wolfe

    lol blaming the demos for bush's 8 year mess

    October 9, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. LouAz

    Finger pointing is not governing.

    October 9, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Bob(Illinois)

    When are Republicans going to contribute something other then a constant stream of complaints?

    October 9, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Victor Loplame

    Doing nothing but complaining? I am you.

    October 9, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Rush

    The Party of NO is NO help to us.

    October 9, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Deuce

    It's funny how the right is now screaming for fiscal responsibility, while years and years of a financial black hole in Iraq went on and on and on....

    It'd be funny if it wasn't so disingenuous and outright deceptive.

    October 9, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Tim in Seattle

    Come November DO NOT let the GOP continue with the destruction of this country. Democrats – get out and VOTE.

    October 9, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. dwech

    Barasso, those were my thoughts exactly when G.W. Bush was president. Unsustainable wars, unsustainable policies, unsustainable spending. You and the GOP were part of the 'broken promises' for years, and 2 years into his term, it's Obama's fault? The GOP side of the aisle has done NOTHING to forward a progressive agenda to reverse the mistakes of the past, and has no sustainable agenda for the future, and your 'Pledge' isn't worth the paper its written on. DO something to show us that right direction you keep talking about, and then we'll listen.

    October 9, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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