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. Simon Jester

    "So DeMint is call the President a liar, a fraud, and a cheat." Yes, that pretty well sums up Obama.

    It's long past time to end the reign of Obama I. He has been on a (quite successful) path of destruction and ruin sine the beginning.

    September 4, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    @terry , Va for your kind information I don’t smoke marijuana

    The fact is now days I listen to Ron Paul so I did the reach I find those numbers last night I was watching CPAN they were talking about this topic both parties make sense to me so I share with you

    Look like after you smoke you read my post

    September 4, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. R. Smith

    Hey average joe, if you took over paying the bills from your better half and found out the debt was 3 times what was stated because the mortgage and car payment wasn't included in the figures would you think you had been lied to? You know Bush's debt figures did not include the 2 wars he started. Not to mention the tax breaks he gave that did not produce any jobs. Once again I say to ignore the facts does not change the Facts.

    September 4, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. terry,va

    @ think again.... I agree with you that alot of people munch out of the state and federal trough in NVA. I'd like to see a 20% REDUCTION IN FEDERAL EMPLOYEES PAY or a 20% reduction in jobs. There are definately overpaid and overstaffed. Most people however in VA like any other state work in the private sector. We make our business work and don't rely in government handouts.

    September 4, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Russell Brown

    When evil people come and devour the President
    when the President enemies and foes attack him
    they attack the american people (the middle class the working class the have nots)
    The evil people (the teaparty the croperations some Republican not all Federal reserve wall sreet)
    they stumble and fall (Now many american familes suffer poor class middle class working class )
    The President will remain strong
    The confident that the american people have in President Obama will see him the whitehouse 4 mores years.

    September 4, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. sk madison

    terry,va Because your stealing it from the poor and less fortunate. So explain to me how your party is going to save my country? Or maybe your not worried about America, as long as your clan comes out on top. When this all comes crashing down were do you plan to live?

    September 4, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. sk madison

    terry,va I thought we were trying to create jobs, not increase unemployment. If our economy is 70% driven by consumer spending then how does taking away all of the consumers income help the economy?

    September 4, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Indy

    Average Joe,
    You really need to do some research, as you are factually challenged on you posts. The triple AAA credit rating was downgraded because of the past twelve years of over spending and and because congress did not cut enough spending as well as they refused to bring back the tax rate to the wealthy, and of course the hostage holding of the Tea Party that went to the edges of disaster.Obama promptly saved the country from going over the cliff and prevented the unemployment rate going to 15% and every economist worth their salt will tell you if Obama did not act promptly in the correct manner it would have been the worst and longest recession in history. If you dont like Obam that is fine but you cannot put forth outright lies that come from Fox News and Right Wing Radio and expect people to believe your lies.
    You are however correct that innovation is the new econmic driver now and it is companies and not Obama that create products and market them to the world, and the biggest buyers of these products is the middle class and if they are not hurting they are the buyers and drivers of all the worlds economies.

    September 4, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Totally agree. If he isn't willing to put it in writing........just don't even bother. We are all tired of the BS.

    September 4, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. John

    This Is perry bad , the Republican ran on getting JOBS In the 2010 elections. And what have they done so far, Nothing. That all Republican and the Tea Party can do Is Complain and LIE. The President haven't even say a thing yet and the Republican and the Tea Party are saying they don't like It. Because of what they hear he going to say. Well what you hear Is not all way the Truth, But that something the Republican and the Tea Party know nothing about , Is the truth. That because all they do Is LIE. Well we all know giving the Rich and Big Business Tax break don't Creates Jobs either ,but you Republican keep want to do It. I know what real bring America JOBS, And that you Republican and the Tea Party stop sending American Jobs Oversea or to Mexico and giving the Business tax break for doing It.

    September 4, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. South Texan

    It is customary for state of the union addresses to be submitted in writing to Congress before they are given in person in front of a joint session of Congress. As Obama is going to requesting additional spending programs be enacted by Congress, it is fair for Congress to demand his proposals in writing.

    September 4, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Checks and balances

    It is the job of Congress, not the President to make bills, or, as Senator DeMint says, "put it in writing." I ask the Senator, where are the jobs bills? When can we expect something in writing from Congress? When can we expect the GOTP house members to do anything except say "NO"? This country needs action, not stallwart idealism from a do-nothing house stalled by the obstructionist right wing.

    September 4, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. chipbo

    Mr.demint voted for the debt ceiling many times when Bush was pres. and now its all together different,every hate group has a leader and now we have Demint, he sound like David Duke.

    September 4, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We should have asked lying republicans when they ran on, jobs, jobs, jobs, to put it in writing.

    September 4, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Lobo Wolf

    Oh good, more dramatic political hot air from a member of the GOP. But Mr. DeMint, you claimed that the extension of the Bush tax cuts would create jobs! Where are those jobs? The latest number shows ZERO job growth for teh quarter. Perhaps if you worked WITH the president, instead of continuing your little political chess game and putting all of your energies into trying to sabotage the Obama administration.

    Tax cuts are only part of the solution, but they require that people have income in the first place. You're not going to pump any money into the economy with tax cuts unless people have jobs and money in their pockets to spend. Forcing cuts int the public sector and eliminating government spending is the worst thing one could do at this time. But hey, you and your congressional buddies don't care because there's plenty to go around in Washington, so it must be the same way everywhere else.

    How about shutting up and working out a solution to the problem instead of running your mouth off with endless babble that we've heard a million times before?

    September 4, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. OnlyTheTruth

    Obama needs to be clear about his plan. He made every other "plan" in verbal form and not very complete. Where is the Written Promise in Obama Care that if a Doctor states that you need an Organ Transplant that you will receive it within a month for FREE? Obama won't write it down. Obama knows that he can't deliver. Obama also won't put in writing that if the organ transplant you need is in another country within a month that he will guarantee to send you there for the operation for free. The U.S. can't afford the cost so you just don't get what you need. Is Obama Care better than what we currently have? NO!

    September 4, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Sorensen

    DeMint has never, and will never, make a speech that anybody in the world will ever remember.
    Typical redneck stupidity and arrogance.

    September 4, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. RKN

    a couple things:
    Demand Does create jobs. that demand may be created – by the business- or by real need. If no one wanted an iPod, and they could not sell it as a new and impressive technology, then Apple would not be so successful. There is no demand for paper motorcycle helmets – so that industry has not created any jobs. There is a demand for computers – so there are jobs there.
    Bush went on a spending spree and cut taxes. Could you quit your job and go wild spending? The results take some time to filter down – but why did Bush push thru TARP to save the banks if the economy was in such great shape?
    Some of you need to think a little more – or have someone explain things a bit slower.
    I will never vote republican again.

    September 4, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. ronaldreagan

    it sounds like government needs to start creating incentives for business to stay in america instead of taxing the hell out of them and making it a smart business moveto go overseas. the problem is our president doesn't understand free market capitalism.

    its not about economics or finance here, its about saying the right things (instead of doing) and getting reelected

    September 4, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. JOe B

    Jim DeMint brings up a good mint but of course, neglects to say that Republican Presidential Candidates should put their plans in writing. This is an idea that is long overdue for all candidates. Every candidate should put in writing their exact plans on how: 1) they are going to unbankrupt a nation in bankruptcy, 2) how they are going to bring back the jobs that all the Republicans and Democrats allowed to go overseas, 3) what they are going to do about the sky-rocketing healthcare costs, 4) how they are going to get rid of our dependence on oil, 5) what they are going to do with the twenty million or more illegal immigrants that are taking the jobs away from us citizens, 6) their plans to do away with the federal reserve or continue to allow the us to be ruled by the bankers, and finally they need to tell us their plans regarding a nation that feels it has to constantly put our soldiers in harm's way for the benefit of the multi-national corporations.

    The media needs to start acting like media and get this message out that every candidate need to sign a precise contract on what he or she will do regarding the issues aforementioned and the candidate needs to agree to step down in two years if the majority of registered voters do not feel he/she is moving the country in the right direction as per his/her contract with the citizens of the United States.

    This would be a binding contract not a vague idiotic contract that Gingrich and his malcontent cronies came up with in the early nineties that not one abided by.

    September 4, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Mark R.

    I can't believe the comments here. Is it so crazy to ask for specifics of Obama's plan in writing? If it's a serious proposal the specifics need to be spelled out in writting, then the negotiations begin. Not that difficult!

    September 4, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Reggie from LA

    Who the hell does he think he is. Making DEMANDS on the President? These demigods just keep it rollin' in the GOP. That's part of the problem. They think they rule. I know they are doing things to position themselves to rule because we are going to let them. They've trained some dems to whine about Obama not being popular with them. And of course DeMint is wagging his tail and the GOP and its "wannabe dominionists move back and forth. It's enough to make us all vomit, but instead we take swipes at a man who is trying to make America move forward from the White House.

    September 4, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. rene

    I would be happy if Mr. DeMint's resignation were in writing along with Mr. Cantor's and Mr. Boehner's. I'd be even happier if their arrest warrants for treason were in writing!

    September 4, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Ron

    There goes senator Deminted again. Great representative of the way people in SC think.

    September 4, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Henry

    Well, Senator Demint, then don't show up for the festivities. The only thing you and your Republican friends at is a bad odor. Stay home!!!

    September 4, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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