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. d haydon

    You dimwit "people" want jobs its only lazy politic that do nothing like your self flap your mouth and have never busted a blister working a real job. tell your rich buddies to stop sending our jobs to CHINA and getting a tax break for it!!!

    September 4, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

    I would be very happy if my birth state senator, Mr. Deminted, feel off the end of the earth. This guy is a putz and a corporate flunky, or a Koch Brothers booty call.

    Thank God I didn't remain in this backwards state with a backwards, redneck senator representing me and my family.

    September 4, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Bill Eaton

    Jim Dementia is full of it. People on food stamps aren't there to game the system. He's never been to Appalacia or to visit the poor up close. Walk a mile in their shoes, I was ther 35 years ago and it was the most demeaning thing in my life.

    September 4, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Name king

    What is this repug trying to say? is that Demint might have a glimmer of hoe to go with any thing Obama have to say, he'll leave from a king maker to a servant in an hour. Stop! Deminted will never go with any policy Obama recommend. His write it down on paper mantra, are the same excuse tactic they've been using for the entire time Obama been in office, to oppose him at every turn so he'll be a one term president, and if they have to destroy the country to make it happen, well so be it.

    September 4, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. terry,va

    Obummie won't put anything on paper. He is afraid to do that because he can't slither away from his position and it also can't be scored by the CBO. His policies are for bum's therefore his name is Obummie (for maf...get a job and take care of yourself and don't worry about anyone else)

    September 4, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. terry,va

    @Reps elect and attract the not so smart....I hope you didn't move to VA. We don't need to have anymore special ed's in our state. If the Repubs are so dumb, why do we have the money?

    September 4, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. R. Smith

    To ignore the facts does not change the facts. The Tea Party is NOT what DeMint claims. They are a right wing segregationist organization. DeMint is just another "good ol' boy" that believes he is "more equal." Please if your gonna show these lies ask the tough questions to expose the lies. Like "Where are the jobs the tax breaks should have produced in the past 10 yrs?"

    September 4, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Chris

    It was the Republicans who ran thei 2010 campaing on the promise of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!" And what have they done about jobs since obtaining the majority in Congress? Absolutely nothing!

    September 4, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Many Americans wants to focus on job than cut spending DeMint he doesn’t’ care we know him
    Raise tax or do the this
    Legalize Marijuana
    750,000 people bust every year for possession Marijuana, at a cost of over $36,000 a prisoner per year. 27000000000 that is $27 Billion saving per year
    If Feds Tax Marijuana income nearly $ 7 Billion plus health care cost will go down
    It will Create new jobs Total saving $ 35 Billion

    Nearly 10 million Illegal immigrants in this country charge $ 600 visa fee every year
    (They have jobs) that is $6000000000 that is $6 Billion

    This $41 Billion is nearly 20% of budget shortfall

    September 4, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. dnick47

    Putting it down on paper is usually a challenge reserved for liars. So DeMint is call the President a liar, a fraud, and a cheat. OK.. If that's the game the Repubs want to play, then Perry should also put all his statements in writing since it appears from the comment made on this site by various Texans that he's a liar, fraud and cheat. Oh by the way, if God punishes the United States of Amercia by installing another Republican President in 2013, we'll do the same thing to him (or her) that you repugent-repubs are doing to Obama and make him a one term failed president.

    September 4, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. stike1

    Drop the cross and take off the masks and maybe you will understand that he is trying to help the American people and save them from the idiots masquerading as Republicans.

    September 4, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    If I were President Obama, I tell DeMint to go F himself. This insolent behavior on the part of the Republicans is beyond the pale.

    Those whiny brat Repubs should be brought up on the charge of treason for actively working the thwart the will of the American people who VOTED FOR A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT, HOUSE AND SENATE IN 2008!

    September 4, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Hall for Obama

    Where is the JOBS Dimwit?

    September 4, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    "If the Repubs are so dumb, why do we have the money?"

    I lived in Virginia for 5 years and the season you have the money is because so many people living there work for the federal and state government or for companies that contract products and services for the federal and state government.

    Virginia chows down at the public trough more than any other state!

    September 4, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. terry,va

    @ vic,nashville,tn.....now I know why all of your posts are ignorant. You have been smoking marjiuana !!! Don't worry vic, Obummie will continue to furnish you munchies through the food stamp program. Obummie will forever be know as the food stamp president. His face will be on the coupon instead of money like great presidents.

    September 4, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Larry L

    Republicans have delivered nothing but obstacles for the last two and a half years. Their delays to raise the debt ceiling cost America the bond rating. The Republican Senate filibustered over ninety times even blocking their own initiatives from a vote. The last time I checked it was the Congress of the United States responsible for laws. DeMint is a political weasel and like all Republicans, an enemy of the middle class.

    September 4, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Obama is the chief executive and not a legislator. It is the Congress that is the one to write the legislation. The president is to provide the ideas as to where it is to go and what should be done in terms of legislation is he has some ideas. So, if Demint really has some ideas that will work and aren't those tired Republican ideas that don't do much other than enrich the rich, I'd like to hear them. I don't think that they anything new.

    September 4, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Jobs are created by an increase in demand.
    Laying off government employees cuts into demand.
    Cutting programs and benefits that help those in most need cuts into demand.

    DeMint and his Repub/teabagger idiot friends don't seem to get these simple facts.

    September 4, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    I'm tired of listening to Republicans whine and complain, and never propose anything beyond cutting taxes for the rich, which the last 10 years has been shown to NOT WORK.

    I agree with Warren Buffet, one of the richest men on the planet, that it's time for the wealthy to pay their fair share and pay more in taxes to help balance the budget.

    It's the least the rich can do for the country that gave them the opportunity to make their wealth in the first place.

    September 4, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Average_Joe

    Absolutely hilarious – and predictable – that the mentally challenged libs defend the worst president in the history of presidents. This guy inherited a AAA credit rating and pis*ed it away. He inherited an unemployment rate of under 7% and promptly blasted off to almost 10%. He made Bush's spending look kindergarten and promptly spent TRILLIONS more that not only HARMED our economy but was a total waste. And when this clown proposes more of the same FAILED policies you do what? You defend him and call names to those who simply want to see something different. LIBERALS HAVE NO CONSCIENCE.

    September 4, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Average_Joe

    Jobs are NOT created by "increase in demand". Tell that to Apple or MIcrosoft who had NO demand when they created their products. Innovation creates demand, not gov't spending. Time for liberals to read a little history that doesn't from from the Huffpo, DailyKook or DNC talking points. Only in the last two years has this manufacturerd "increase in demand by gov't spending creates jobs" non-sense been pushed and only to defend an Obama administration that has no clue what it's doing.

    September 4, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. TB

    Jim DeMint has absolutely no business demanding ANYTHING from the President. I have absolutely ZERO resect for Demint and his ilk. I am sick and tired of them doing everything in their power to take down President Obama no matter how much damage it does to our Country. All of you racists out there need to accept the fact that we the people elected a black man as President in 2008...accept it and get over it! Stop trying to destroy our Country just to make President Obama look bad!

    September 4, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    @Dnick47
    He didn’t call president liar the problem with DeMint he doesn’t trust anybody
    Last year his senate election he didn’t trust the voters so he played game to appoint weak candidate from other side
    First they talk about god all the time but they don’t believe in god so they don’t trust people look what Bill Orally is doing now

    September 4, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. daniel

    Praying for you Senator Demint. Keep on being the voice of reason in these unreasonable times.

    September 4, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Rick H.

    I can't believe the idiotic liberals on here with their canned remarks in response to an article regarding a simple request, a request that wouldn't have to be made if the Congress was dealing with someone competent in the White House.

    September 4, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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