October 9th, 2010
10:20 AM ET
8 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. rp

    GOP certainly is taking US in new direction ... Would love to see them explain the $20m plus in "legal" drug cartel contributions funding their govenor and congressional campaigns in Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico!

    October 9, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Fixer2010

    "....Gop blocked to discontinue tax breaks for companies that send jobs over seas...." Of course, they did! I'm sick
    of these nasty Republicans supporting big corporations who do not want to employ Americans– now that is NOT AMERICAN. Put the GOP on a boat and send them anywhere but here.

    October 9, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. bob

    You ppl,i have lost trust in you when you elected bush for second term.i wont be surprised if you want them back.i wish my president has white skin so all you ppl can appreciate his work.

    October 9, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. fideauxdon

    Oh, Really? The GOP is concerned about the National debt? Where were they from 2000 through 2008, when their party, including Bush and Cheyney and their motley crew, plus a GOP majority in Congress for six of those years, were turning the surplus left to them into at least 4/5 of the deficit? I'm afraid that the Repugs have convinced a dumb electorate that black is white, and down is up, which will allow them to attain a majority and start "Governing" again. This will last until the 2012 election, when the voters will have realized that they've been jobbed again, and will throw the Repugs out for the next 20 years. Unfortunately, we could be a Third-World Country by 2012 with the GOP at the helm.

    October 9, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |

    Well, let us look at the evidence:

    * Against healthcare that will benefit millions of real, live people.
    * They are "against" the bailout now - wasn't it GWs collaboration with the dems that this was necesary? I don't know about others, but honestly, two years ago I was scared to death I'd lose my job AND my house and I am very thankful that didn't happen!
    * Against wall street regulation and financial reform. Why?
    * Against everyone getting a tax cut on their first $250,000.
    * Against Social Security?
    * Pushed for unlimited CORPORATE funding for elections.
    * Voted NOT to have corporations (like MINE!) from being penalized for shipping jobs overseas (a HUGE problem for unemployment, people!)

    Repubs are the zombie party of "NO," and the problems we have didn't magically appear the day that Obama took office, right? What a disaster he came into!

    Republicans are FOR CORPORATIONS, BANKERS and WALL STREET. Democrats are for living, breathing human beings!

    DEMS, do not back down, be PROUD of what you've accomplishe in two years! Keep it going!

    October 9, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Ancient Texan

    The economy during the Bush years was doing very well, considering the recession that was at the tail-end of the Clinton administration. (And no, there was no surplus.... It had been projected but never happened). Add 9/11 to the mix and the economy stuttered, then began to move quite well. 4.9% unemployment and the Dow near to 14,000 was derailed by the Democrats' win in 2006. The Fannie Mae/ Freddie Mac disaster fueled by Chris Dodd and Barney Franks blocking proposed reform of the loan policy that allowed loans to people unqualified to buy a home.

    October 9, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. bill486

    I hope America isn't so full of brainwashed conservative zombies that we will actually end up with the Republican party, who are REAGAN-SPAWNED MINIONS OF LUCIFER, taking over both houses of congress.......if we do, America will be the only country on the planet that's a slave nation run by wealthy aristocracy. DEMOCRATS: GET OUT & VOTE THE STRIGHT DEMOCRAT TICKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Paul Ernest Show

    Ironic, how GOP wants to spin things. The federal debt was just as high as it is today, when they were in power. Their tax cuts and their war in Iraq, led to the budget deficit. Simply economics makes it clear that if you give away some sources of your revenue- tax cuts, then embark on a long, costly expedition- war, at the end, you have lost more than you are gaining- budget deficit, and soon you will have an empty wallet- the treasury. There are bound to be consequences from your thoughtless actions- unemployment, and then you support your friends who want to go outside of the country to invest , rather than investing here, at home- less industries to produce they jobs and tax-paying companies and employees. Add these all together, you have disaster. Does the GOP see itself in this picture? It ought to. One finger to Democrats and four to themselves.

    October 9, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. LouAz

    Never forget – Reagan trickle down Republican economics = Golden Showers ! You betcha !

    October 9, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. GOP Zombie

    Barrasso is the typical do-nothing, point fingers, don't rock the boat deadbeat Republican Senator. Every single point he made against the Dem's is baseless. Obama inherited all those issues the minute he walked into the door. Where was Barrasco and his GOP henchmen when Iraq/Afganistan were off the books and added to the National Debt, Prescription Drug Bill with no funding whatsover, HUGE Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans with no funding, NO REGULATIONS for Wall Street and Real Estate gone wild...what else? Shipping millions of jobs to Commie China and India AND a tax break as incentive? With no regard to the unemployment rate and steep decline in tax revenues – then you have the nerve to complain about unemployment?

    October 9, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Liz the First

    The republicans caused the mess we're in now and folks are mad at the Dems for trying to fix it! the reason we have a government we all complain about is this kind of stupidity on the part of the voters. when someone sets your house on fire, do you get mad at the firemen for not being able to put it out in five minutes and call the arsonist back to take control? NO! you call in more firemen. the folks who think government is the problem or our enemy have no understanding of the purpose and function of government. it's not them versus us, it's us all helping each other live in a civil, safe, healthy society. when you hear someone bitch about being taxed too much, what they're really saying is that they're selfish, greedy people who can't stand the thought of their money going to help anyone else. with that kind of attitude rampant in this country, our democracy won't survive. Wise up, folks, and vote for the people who want th work for the American people, not for the ones who are only interested in helping the rich and powerful become more rich and powerful AT YOUR EXPENSE!!!

    October 9, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Rudie

    To understand the Republicans just look no longer back in history than the 8 years when Bush, Jr. was President. If you think that was the US at its best, you need a thorough psychiatric examination. A leopard doesn't, can't change its spots.

    October 9, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Steve

    According to CNN latest poll Independents are not swinging toward the Republicans. GREAT! Give the party of NO the change to finish what they started. THE COMPLETED DESTRUCTION OF THE UNITED STATE. The have no plans. NONE. They have not convictions toward their own policies. And they will PUCK the middle class like never before when they return to policies that favor all their rich friends. Seriously! One would have to be a total IDIOT or a MORON to even consider voting for these crooks acting like they are outsiders. Or simple minded candidate like O'Connell and Palin. GOG HELP US ALL. Obama has passed more good legislation that will do more for America and the people than the REPUBLICANT'S could ever imagine and never had. Or vote against the policies they even support and advocate but won't now because they are hell bent of not helping the President improves the lives of Americans except for the filthy rich.

    Think before you vote for the party of NO...

    Ask yourself. Which direction do you want this country to go? Then if you like where the other side wants to take it. The go ahead. You'll get what you want. If not! Then vote for the party that has the policies that will get it there.

    October 9, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. John

    What get me is the REPUBLICAN think AMERICA people are dumb,well let me tell you we are not. WE know it was the REPUBLICAN and 8years of President Bush that got this county in dept. He spent trillions of dollars on fighting two wars,one that we shouldn't had been there in the first place.Than he spent trillions to rebuilding Iraq,and the tax break for the rich. The REPUBLICAN Pledge to America is the same old stuff we had under 8 years of BUSH. For the last two years the only word the REPUBLICAN new was NO,they was no help in trying too make anything in this county better. So in NOV vote NO for the party of NO.

    October 9, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. tom

    Vote Republican if you want your good jobs shipped overseas, tax cuts for rich and less than minimum wages for the rest to serve the richest in restaurants, parlors, and tanning salons...

    October 9, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. D. Bunker

    As the saying goes "When you point with one finger, four are pointing back." The GOBPbaggers are unfit to govern. They have no new ideas, just a slavish devotion to the failed ideas" of their disproven Friedman/Rand cult.. Asking them to lead would be like asking a drunk to drive your car, a pedophile to run a preschool or the captain of the Titanic to give you lessons in leadership and navigation. If you like the ditch the GOBP drove America into last time, you'll love the canyon their aiming for now!

    October 9, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Anonymous


    The information is on the web. I like to keep up with politics so I read a lot of news. I don't really have a go-to source because it is beneficial to have different perspectives. You might want to try Google News, because they pool news reports from many sources.

    October 9, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. moderate voter

    I wonder if it is possible to simply cut the number of senators and representatives in half. There is one way to save money and shrink government.

    October 9, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. usualone

    Same old tired comments by the Republicans. They can talk all they want about jobs but they never ever say what the jobs should be. They started us in this downward spiral and only with some of the President's intervention did we not get a complete catastrophy. I hope most Americans realize that they will never help the middle class nor those who are less fortunatel Some doctors I have talked with recently said that even with the new medical bill, not enough is being done for our citizens. Now the Repubs... still want to take away that from too many who need it. They continue to be selfish people only out for a few in this country.

    October 9, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Foxfan

    It's not a finger pointing it's true. I remembered the job started to move out of the Country when Clinton was in the office. My Manufacturing job moved to Taiwan in 1996 bunch of us got laid off that year.

    October 9, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Vote Democrats or bend over for the Tea Party!

    The Republicans are about to be rewarded for bad behavior. Twenty months of saying No and The "Pledge to America" that everybody across the spectrem agrees was a flop! The Republicans vote against keeping jobs in America, small job bill, affordable education, health care and wall st reform. So what do they stand for? America we must stand up and vote in the millions to show we love this country even more.

    October 9, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Mary

    Sure vote for the guys who decided to vote against a bipartisan bill three times that would have helped create jobs just so they can complain about the lack of job creation. Vote for the guys who don't like the health care bill and want to repeal it just to turn around and pretty much reinstate it. Vote for the people who are saying if it's broke they won't fix it but just do the same things they've always done.

    October 9, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. Santa Fean

    High unemployment? Iraq war. No new jobs? Iraq war. Failing schools? Iraq war? Immoral America? Iraq war. The Corporations of the world that rule America want and will continue to enrich the top 1%. An easy path is war and the profiteering that goes with it. Who started the war? "AWOL" Bush, remember?

    October 9, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. John in Cal

    For those who just love the GOP. look in the mirror on who to blame for the mess we're in. the middle class is shrinking. When the GOP has whittled it away to nothing all you'll have is the have mores and the have nots. with nothing to support the structure of the nation it will fall in on itself and those at the bottom will have to rise up and build a new nation. but it will be a bloody struggle. don't think it could happen? look at your history books. this is the course that the GOP has elected to place this country in–though they don't see it that way. buy all the ammo you can get now ande avoid the rush.

    October 9, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. Ed fl

    How come these GOP politicos never mention all the Kids they killed and wounded in a phoney war and covered up the trillion it cost until Bush and most of the current GOP Senators and house Nenbers allowed this to happen. we forsee your job plans as military, Hospitals and funeral homes to handle the new group if you Cowards win.

    October 9, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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