Gibbs: Republicans are accountable now
December 26th, 2010
09:11 AM ET
3 years ago

Gibbs: Republicans are accountable now

(CNN) - With significant Republican gains in the U.S. House and Senate and a new session of Congress around the corner, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the Republican Party now has more responsibility to govern.

"There was a responsibility of government that I think the Republicans got in the November elections and they began to understand that responsibility a little bit more in this lame duck session than they had in the previous, quite frankly, 18 months or so," Gibbs said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
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Filed under: Robert Gibbs • TV-State of the Union
No more smoke-filled rooms for Obama?
December 25th, 2010
12:04 PM ET
3 years ago

No more smoke-filled rooms for Obama?

(CNN) - The president may have kicked his smoking habit once and for all. It has been about nine months since the president's last cigarette, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Gibbs said he still chews Nicorette, but that the president used "stubborn willpower" to stop.
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Gibbs: START Treaty will be ratified this year
December 10th, 2010
04:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Gibbs: START Treaty will be ratified this year

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate will ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia this year, staying in session however long it takes to get it done, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs insisted on Friday.

Gibbs made his prediction on the same day that Maine's two moderate Republican senators - Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins - declared their support for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START. Previously, GOP Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana backed ratification of the treaty.

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Filed under: Robert Gibbs • Senate • START treaty
WikiLeaks debate heats up among party leaders
December 1st, 2010
11:34 AM ET
3 years ago

WikiLeaks debate heats up among party leaders

(CNN) - Amidst the fallout from the WikiLeaks release of sensitive State Department cables, an ongoing fury of words has erupted from both sides of the aisle over blame and accountability.

Former President Bill Clinton issued a warning Tuesday at an appearance in Greensboro, North Carolina. "I'll be very surprised if some people don't lose their lives over these leaks," he said, while addressing a crowd at Guilford College. "And goodness knows how many will lose their careers."
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Mike Huckabee • Newt Gingrich • Peter King • Robert Gibbs • WikiLeaks
November 17th, 2010
02:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Gibbs Vows White House Will Have Votes on START

Washington (CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs vowed Wednesday that President Obama will have the votes to get an arms control treaty ratified during the lame duck session of Congress, despite a top Republican Senator's insistence that it be delayed until next year.

The time frame is crucial because if there is a delay for the treaty, which needs 67 votes for passage, a new Senate with a slimmer Democratic majority will be sworn in come January. In that case Obama would suddenly need to line up seven more Republican votes from GOP freshmen who are generally very skeptical of both the Obama administration's foreign policy in general and the treaty in particular.
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Filed under: Robert Gibbs • START treaty • White House
November 8th, 2010
12:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Gibbs defends reporters

(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is sometimes known for his sarcastic responses and tough exterior during press briefings.

But according to a White House pool report from President Obama's trip to India, it was the security for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, not the press, who were in a standoff with Gibbs.
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Filed under: India • Robert Gibbs
October 26th, 2010
04:54 PM ET
3 years ago

WH bristles over top Republicans' remarks

(CNN)–The White House is firing back at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell after he told the National Journal that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."

With his usual sarcastic tone, spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters "maybe Senator McConnell is interested in running for President."

The White House believes that fixing the ailing economy is the single most important thing, so top aides jumped at the chance to paint McConnell's comments as more business as usual, and part of the problem that landed the "car in the ditch."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitch McConnell • Robert Gibbs
October 17th, 2010
11:19 AM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs: Obama to focus on economy, education, already passed reforms

(CNN) - Facing the certainty of fewer Democrats in Congress, President Barack Obama will focus on strengthening the economy and trying to ensure its future stability, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday.

Speaking on the NBC program "Meet the Press," Gibbs said Obama also will continue pushing for education reform and making sure that health care and Wall Street reforms are properly implemented.

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Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • issues • Robert Gibbs
October 12th, 2010
10:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs calls for disclosure of campaign funding donors

(CNN) - Groups spending millions on campaign ads against Democrats without having to reveal their donors were supplanting the Republican National Committee and threatening American democracy, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

"They're going to impact this election ... and nobody knows who they are," Gibbs said. "I think that's a threat to the democracy that we have in this country."

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Filed under: 2010 • Ads • President Obama • Robert Gibbs
September 13th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
4 years ago

Gibbs hits back at Gingrich for Kenya comment

 Robert Gibbs hit back at Newt Gingrich for saying Obama follows a 'Kenyan, anti-colonial' worldview.
Robert Gibbs hit back at Newt Gingrich for saying Obama follows a 'Kenyan, anti-colonial' worldview.

(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he doesn't have the slightest idea what Newt Gingrich is talking about.

Gibbs' comments come a day after the former House Speaker told the National Review that President Obama follows a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview that in turn supports his policy positions on a range of issues.

"I don't even have – quite frankly - the slightest idea what he's talking about," an amused Gibbs told ABC News Monday morning. "I think Newt Gingrich knows that he's trying to appeal to the fringe of people that don't believe the president was born in this country."

"You would normally expect better from somebody who held the position of speaker of the House," Gibbs added. "But, look, it's political season. And most people'll say anything. And Newt Gingrich does that … on a regular basis."

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Filed under: Newt Gingrich • Robert Gibbs
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