February 12th, 2009
05:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Gregg withdrawal shows Obama's inexperience, senator says

(CNN) - Sen Judd Gregg's decision to withdraw his name for Commerce Secretary is a sign of President Obama's inexperience, Republican Sen Bob Bennet of Utah said.

“I think it is a demonstration of inexperience. You don’t attract someone of Judd Gregg caliber into the cabinet and then take steps that would cause him to leave without at least talking to him and understanding that that might happen," he told reporters Thursday.

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  1. terry,va

    Not even a suck up like Gregg could fit in with Obama. People will realize Obama is not "yes we can", but we can and will screw up all principles this country was found on we can/will destroy it. God bless us.

    February 12, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Jason

    the republicans are still mad because they lost!!!!

    February 12, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Blue Flamingo

    Was Rush Limbaugh behind this decision by Senator Gregg to withdraw his name? I hear he is running the Republican Party now and does not want any Republilcans working with Obama. The Republicans will now be blamed for this economic mess even more than they already are.

    February 12, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    The senator saying this is from.......UTAH.


    Behind the times red stater.

    February 12, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. Chris in CA

    Dee. Shut up. You're probably that bone headed woman that was interviewed during the campaign that ignorantly exclaimed she wouldn't vote for Obama because his middle name is Hussein. Typical Republican drum beater.

    This president is setting a precedence. Reaching out, trying to build bi partisanship unlike any before him. Trying, for all our sake, to make Washington work again but only 3 weeks into his first term the conservative rags are already calling him a failure. PATHETIC!!! This is why we are in trouble. This is why we are divided. This is why the right wing conservative is dead in the water and sinking while the open minded, centrist and slightly left are putting all the effort to bail the ship.

    I'll never forget McCain saying "the fundamentals of our economy are strong." Yeah, remember that? When things turn around, and I think they will because I'm an optimist, try it sometime Dee, then somehow the Republicans will try to take the credit. Mark my words.

    February 12, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Dan

    Absolutely right. Barack wants to show superficially that he is bipartisan. He is a liar and tricky president. Leave him alone. He is fully responsible for his decisions including stimulus bill. He will bring down our economy and unemployment will rise. This president is a disaster for our progress and prosperity. Barack has no experience what soever. I wonder if he can be at least a community adviser.

    February 12, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Cam

    It's really troubling to see that any dissent is being squashed. Democrats had a problem when Karl was trying to do it, but now that the table's turned they want to kick out all the Republicans?

    I guess B. Hussein O. is living up to his name. It reminds me of another person who governed his nation by squashing dissent and claiming 100% "bipartisan" support when it didn't exist. Maybe Jeb will come in and run in 2012. We just might need another Bush to remove a Hussein out of office. Ironic.

    As soon as people get a little power, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise oppressive dominion over others. "I won so I rule the galaxy." Sad.

    Human nature = hope crushed.

    February 12, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. Larry

    The Republicans ARE trying to stop a Obama Depression !!!!!!

    February 12, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. The Truth

    This is exactly the sort of thing that you can expect to happen when you elect a community organizer who has accomplished nothing in his political life into office.

    February 12, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Anne

    The Republican Party has become a Dictatorship.
    No one can have an independent thought, if you deviate from
    Party lines you are expunged [Reminds you of any other party that tried to take over Europe and the world].We fought in a world war over this ideology.
    Also remember the Republican Party said they were going to be a true opposition party.
    So no matter what President Obama does they will oppose him. They are self First,
    Party second and the country be dammed. Except for the few that voted for the package
    They are all sheep, toeing the line, not a backbone in one.

    February 12, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. Ryan

    I doubt that expanding the deficit to 13% of GDP qualifies as "working for the people".

    February 12, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Larry, MS

    Okay, so how is this Obama's fault? Did Gregg talk to him. This is absurd. You don't take the position unless you are ready and willing to serve. Judd is a Bozo, and Obama's credentials are intact.

    February 12, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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