February 19th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
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Price welcomes 'Party of No' label

 Rep. Tom Price, who is the leader of the conservative Republican Study Committee, rallied the CPAC crowd by ticking off a number of Democratic initiatives that he has voted no on.

Rep. Tom Price, who is the leader of the conservative Republican Study Committee, rallied the CPAC crowd by ticking off a number of Democratic initiatives that he has voted no on.

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Tom Price on Friday welcomed the "Party of No" critique that has been leveled at his party by national Democrats, but added he thought the label is "a little silly."

"This charge of saying no doesn't really bother me at all," Price told conservative activists gathered in Washington for the Conservative Political Action Conference. "In fact, I actually vote no a lot," the Georgia Republican said to applause and cheers.

Price, who is the leader of the conservative Republican Study Committee, rallied the CPAC crowd by ticking off a number of Democratic initiatives that he has voted no on.

"When Democrats borrow a trillion dollars for a pork filled stimulus, we stand up and shout 'No!'" Price said. "When they want to raise our taxes, increase our debt, take over our health care, what do we shout?" The crowd didn't hesitate: "No!"

Price, an adamant critic of the expansion of the federal government and of the Obama administration, echoed a sentiment oft-uttered at Tea Party rallies around the country: "We must take our country back."

"Take it back from a vile liberal agenda that is threatening everything we hold dear as Americans," Price said.

Price's remarks had a familiar echo. Earlier on Friday, Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, also tried to rally conservatives around the "party of no" label.

"Some folks like to call us the 'Party of No,' Pence said during his CPAC speech. "Well, I say 'No' is way underrated here in Washington, D.C. Sometimes 'No' is just what this town needs to hear."

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  1. tonyt

    The Party of NO, Hypocrites of The Decade !

    February 19, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. tonyt

    The Party of Hypocrites!

    February 19, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. bostoniantexas

    Conservatives would have ALOT more crediability if they showed even just 1/4 of this much passion before President Obama took office.

    To them I say, yes the president has added to the national deficit, I don't like it,but it was needed or we'd ALL be in soup lines or heading there.

    To conservatives who have all this hate towards Obama........did yhour 401K JUST start tanking in the last year ???

    Did companies JUST start hemmoraging jobs and losses in the LAST year ?

    What happened to the surplus that Obama had when he came into office ?

    I live in Texas now... and I can tell you...I still have my job, I have NO new taxes to speak of.....none of my RIGHTS have been taken by the state or Federal government of which many speak.

    So I say to all the crazies....what rights have been taken from you ? What taxes are you now being lumped on you ?

    What has changed SO DRASTICALLY in your day to day life that people are so outraged at this President in just one year........ONE YEAR !!!!

    To read many comments on here daily, are we to believe that the CURRENT state of our country is the result of President Obama holding office in just this last year ??? REALLY ???????????/

    February 19, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Wasn't it was just a few weeks ago, the Republicans were complaining that Democrats were labeling them the "Party of No"? Now they are officially embracing the term? How stupid. Their only intent is to vote No ... no matter what.

    February 19, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. tonyt

    What's Silly Is The Party of NO Hypocrisy!

    February 19, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Indy

    " We must take our country back" so we can further destroy it ? We have NO answers other then Obama is black and that means he stole the Presidency and we want it back. What a load of garbage, all they have is hate and destruction and they had their eight years already. Funny they have no answers and clear soultions other then hate and name calling.Not one clear cut path to make the country better. Pathetic !!!

    February 19, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Brandon

    Party of No Ideas, No movement. Party that put America in debt in the first place. Tea Party = Party of Jim Crow Laws = GOP. You can keep that label.

    February 19, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. tonyt

    GOP, Gee, I hope we get some of that simulus money to create jobs in my district! Hypocrites YES, Party of No, YES!

    February 19, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Paul C.

    Did Rep. Price shout NO when Bush busted the budget 8 out of 8 times?
    Did Rep. Price shout NO when the Bush administration and Congress passed a budget busting tax cut without funding?
    Did Rep. Price shout NO when the Bush Administration led the country into a $1 trillion war of choice?
    Did Rep. Price shout NO when Cheney and Bush e awarded multibillion dollar no bid contracts to Halliburton and Blackwater?
    Obviously his NOs are precious and reserved for really important matters.

    February 19, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Paul H

    "Activist" Any political activity is labeled with activist. Nobody can disagree with the other party without being called an activist, it's almost a dirty word now. It's used to amplify the the actions of people who simply just don't agree with the powers that be. In this case the powers that be are very liberal, and anyone that's a conservative, or doesn't agree with the sitting administration is attacked.
    The party of no could be a party of lets get it right together, instead of lets just do it your way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. MsDp

    American, how can we forgive this senator and the republicans who are JUST as responsible for helping to get this country back on track as the Democratic Party. I do not understand the rationale of price or pence NOR their party-GOP. Both of these guys think they are not responsible to the citizens of the United States? I do not believe America agrees with this just say NO policy. Price is more obligated to his party instead of getting the country back on a track for growth, jobs, and stability. I think Georgia needs to say NO to Price and his cronies. If they won't help us, we won't help them. Let's VOTE EM OUT, NOW! We as Georgians are looking for senators and representatives to help us, now! Get to stepping price, and don't let the door knob hit you in the back!

    February 19, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. ran

    He says no now but not when Bush and the Republicans had control. Just another uncaring fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republican.

    Hopefully come Nov. election he and the rest of the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans and blue dogs will be gone. And in 2014 Lieberman will be out but will become irrelevant after 2010 anyway.

    February 19, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Elle in WA

    "When Democrats borrow a trillion dollars for a pork filled stimulus" – THAT THE REPUBLICANS WROTE AND VOTED FOR

    "When they want to raise our taxes" – FOR THOSE WHO MAKE OVER $300,000/YEAR AND CAN AFFORD IT

    "increase our debt" – THAT BUSH CREATED


    "what do we shout?" – VOTE OUT THE PARTY OF "NO"

    February 19, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Marty, FL

    But taxes did NOT go up. 95% of Americans actually received a tax cut, but Price voted "No!" along with the rest of his party against it.

    February 19, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Nevada dude

    Wow talka about ignorant. I guess if this guy isnt going to do his jobn in congress then he should forego his paycheck. that's what would happen in the business world.

    Funny how he found his conscience only after Bush had spent us over the edge. just plain funny...

    February 19, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Shelly

    What idiots with massive memory loss!
    Have they already forgotten that their King George and the Court jester Cheney ran this country dry of a surplus they inherited after Clinton. Then they spend money like drunks on a false war ( 3 plus trillion dollars which was NOT budgeted), TAX CUTS for the RICH and corporations, NO regulation of the greedy banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions.

    February 19, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Objective Thinking

    Hateful posts from liberals in 3... 2... 1...

    February 19, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. please

    When President Bush cut taxes during wartime for the first time in the history of this country, changing a surplus into an enormous debt and grew the Federal government I voted NO!!. Oh wait, actually, I didn't....Guess I'm just a hypocrite like the rest of my party.

    February 19, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    "Saying NO to everything is not leadership." ~ President Barack Obama

    You, GOPers, keep thinking that NO will get you reelected. But I predict that it is the American people who will say a loud NO to you!

    February 19, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Victor

    Vile liberals are a greater threat to America than any terrorist. Why are we letting them get away with this?

    February 19, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Lisa

    Well good now it's confirmed the new official name for the Republicans is "The party of No!" No new ideas, no healthcare, no jobs, no money! Just plain NO!!

    February 19, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Barbara Independent in NY

    Continue to say "NO' and everything that " we hold dear as Americans" will have disintegrated. We can't continue to give tax breaks to corporations and rich people. We can't continue to start wars so that these same corporations and rich people get richer.

    February 19, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. Ancient Texan

    The party of "NO! is great in my book. Somebody has to stand up to fiscal insanity. The debt will extend through the next 3 generations.

    February 19, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  24. GaryB

    Price continued, "When anyone asks us if we have any realistic, constructive ideas, we say 'No1!"

    Wonder how the crowd would've reacted if he'd also revealed that he voted "No" on the tax cuts and extension of unemployment benefits that were part of the stimulus package.

    February 19, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. Minnesota gal

    While this so called republican welcomes to be called the party of NO he is a big fraud as the rest of the republicans. Bush piled debt upon debt upon debt for the American people. His cost for his war of choice in Iraq has never been counted and a republican who enable this choice of war and debt has the gall, yes the unmigitated gall to stand before the American public and complain the money now being spend FOR AMERICAN PEOPLE to get jobs, to pay their morgages and maybe for health care shouldn't be spent.

    The billions and billions given to companies such as Halliburton for the trickle down effect.....trickle down to Cheney's pocket for the stock he refused to divest him self of. And giving no-bid contracts t that company so he could reap the rewards. And this pinch eyed piece of republican crap has the nerve to tell us we are raising the debt.

    But of course the MSM never prints anything about the fact that Bush is the cause of this mess. And they never post a comment from someone who makes them aware of that fact.

    YOUR COMMENT IS AWAITING MODERATION....while some fruitcake called Mike gets two and three comments posted that constantly slam Democrats. Have you ever read any of the articles on the net that tell you how biased CNN is. Well one day CNN do your homework read the net you'll find out. You will know what the public thinks of your Cable TV. MSNBC will never have to worry.

    February 19, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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