DeMint to Obama: Deliver in writing
September 4th, 2011
11:59 AM ET
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DeMint to Obama: Deliver in writing

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Jim DeMint said Sunday he wants a jobs plan in writing from President Barack Obama, not just another speech.

"I am so tired of his speeches, it's going to be hard for me to watch," DeMint said on CNN's "State of the Union."

A written proposal from the president would enable Congress to decipher the cost and the American people and businesses to weigh the plan, said the South Carolina Republican who is a favorite of tea party conservatives.

"Without sending something in writing, the president makes all of these grand gestures, and then it doesn't appear in any legislation, and then he will blame Congress for not passing something he never sends over," DeMint told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Obama is set to address a joint session of Congress on Thursday to lay out an economic plan to create jobs in the United States.

However, DeMint said the proposals he expects from the president - including an extension of unemployment benefits and expanding the payroll tax cut - will not bring the necessary results to help the struggling economy.

"What I've heard the president is going to talk about Thursday night is more of the same," DeMint said. "I just don't think those things are going to create jobs."

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    WHY does the entire country have to suffer because the idiots and the wealthy in ONE STATE elect people like demented?

    September 4, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. steven harnack

    If De Mint is tired of doing his job then he is welcomed to resign and become a private citizen so he can tune in or not tune in, but if he wants to be a U.S. Senator his job is to listen when the President wants to talk to him. I, for one, am totally sick or Republican obstruction. If they want to have objections do so after the fact, not before. Let SOMETHING have a chance at working!

    September 4, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Ron

    @terry,va.... You really don't know much about how dependent VA's economy is on the federal government and its defense contractors, do you? You really should just shut up and continue to get your GOV PAYCHECK (paid through a contractor) before you talk the government into doing exactly what you're asking and find yourself and all of your buddies out of a job and homeless. Better learn not to bite the hand that feeds you before its too late! Personally, I'd give Cantor exactly what he wants...spending cuts...starting with VA's gov contractors, then relocating Gov entities to another state like MD. Let's see where that leads.

    September 4, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Juan

    Demint is embarrassing me. I live in South Carolina and he is suppose to representing South Carolina but, he is embrassing me. I would like to say sorry for sending him to Washington.

    September 4, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. KO

    Who does DeMint this he is giving the President an ultimatum? It's people like DeMint and the Tea Party crazies who he panders to that are destroying the country.

    September 4, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. paul

    What's the old saying: "The train comes in and out of town"!!! The Republicans took over the House in 2010 with the promise of jobs, jobs, jobs if you elect us. Well, Mr. Boehner and Republicans, where are the jobs??? Republicans are betting that if they can keep the country in the "tank" until the next election then they will hurt Obama. The American people might wake up and realize that the party of "NO" has kept this country from recovery. I say shame on them.

    September 4, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Amazing

    What action has Demint put in writing? What is he doing but giving a political speech? I guess he has forgotten the President can not enact legislation. Demint's comments are nothing more than political drama> For the people who beleive we should reduce the size of the federal givernment, let's start by cutting the salary for Congress, Senate and the President by 20%, reduce the size of their staffs by 15%, and require them to contribute more to their retirmenet and medical plans. You will never hear a Republican leader make that suggestion. They do not practice what they preach.

    September 4, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Len

    Yes.....Mr. Demitt, the majority of Americans are tired of the GOP and Tea Party!!!! You have destroyed America, Enjoy your power now because in 2012 you will lose big time.

    September 4, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Charles Patrick Queen

    It's not that I don't like Oboobo as a person,what I don't like is that he knew from day one before he was ever elected that he was in no way experienced or knowledgeable in anything to be a president and yet he jumped at the carrot on the end of the stick.Nothing is going to come from this jobs speech,thats a certain

    September 4, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. conoclast

    Nice to know our elected representatives have such open, inquiring minds, hmm? DeMint's is like all the other slammed-shut minds on the radical right: afraid of hearing anything other than their own hardened dogma. BTW, a closed mind is really a committment to remaining ignorant. Ring a bell, does it?

    September 4, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. TEA PARTY Mike

    DeMint is correct, I don't think Obama is going to present a plan that will work. Everything I am hearing that might be part of the plan has already been tried over the last 3 years and failed. NOT BLOCKED BY REPUBLICANS BY THE WAY. If Obama proposes more of the same ideas that have already failed he is in big trouble with more than just Republicans, a majority of voters won't be impressed either. And White House aides now caution that the speech will not be the "be-all and end-all" prescription for the economy. So Obama is going to propose a plan to just sort of fix the economy and create jobs? Or he has a full plan, but he is going to hold some back? I thought this was going to be a plan to create jobs right away, why would he hold part of his plan to do that back?
    I know Obama's progressive base is calling for something big on the order of borrowing hundreds of billions more for another Keynesian spending spree like the first stimulus. Problem with that is no one outside of Obama's base will support that. A majority of voters including independents never wanted the first stimulus passed and it has failed. If you come to town selling snake oil once and it does not work as advertised, it would be flat out stupid to come back to town again and try to sell it all over again. If Obama tries that he should expect to be chased out of town in the 2012 election.
    Whatever Obama proposes, Republicans will go forward with their plan to pass a series of bills to roll back regulations put in place over the last 3 years by Obama and the Democrats. The private business sector is saying these regulations are the biggest factor holding back economic growth and jobs.

    September 4, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. w l jones

    Keep long unemployment payment in place gradual add job so to keep down inflation and work our way out this debacle. It appears this is what the administration is during .Bless.

    September 4, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Michael

    I'd much rather read a transcript of a speech rather than hear/see it. That way, it's the content that becomes on display and not speech skills (i.e. hand gestures, voice, etc.)

    September 4, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. logic in LA

    Other than giving even more tax breaks to Big business and more hand outs- what proposal does he have?
    Conservatives criticize but never offer solutions. Put your own plan on the table that makes sense before opening your mouth.

    September 4, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. TEA PARTY Mike

    If Obama wants to propose a new jobs plan that will work and get passed into law, he just needs to watch the Republican debate and take notes. The ideas that will really work will be expressed in the Republican debate. In fact Huntsman just released his plan for jobs and the economy and the private business sector, where all the jobs and economic growth really comes from, loved it. The Huntsman plan pretty much represents what all the Republican candidates, the Republican party, conservatives and the TEA PARTY endorses. If Obama were to present the Huntsman plan, it would be applauded by both Republicans and the private business sector. Obama would be guilty of plagiarism, but I am sure it would be quickly forgiven.

    September 4, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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