March 2nd, 2010
02:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Bunning still not answering questions

(CNN) - Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning is still not answering questions about his decision to block a bill that would extend unemployment benefits to millions of jobless Americans.

CNN's Dana Bash and a CNN camera crew again tried to get Bunning to comment more extensively on the controversy but the senator emphatically declined.

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  1. cm

    this is an example of the remote, arrogant, self aggrandized posturing of certain members of both houses, who have been away from the realities of everymans world. Mr. Bunnings rants and intractability, seems to be of such a nature, that removal due to mental incompetence, should be considered. Where is Sara and Rush when we need them?

    March 2, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Terri Irby

    I wonder if Sen. Bunning has even visited any workforce centers to see how many people are looking for work. I have been unemployed since the end of Sept. 2009 and get up early looking in the local newspaper and on line or going to the local workforce center every day for potential employment. My benefits will run out next week. This is the only time in 34 years that I have been unemployed. I have two sons that lost their jobs last year and have moved home. The 21 yr. old just accepted a part time position at $8.00 hr. He had been unemployed since May 2009. His brother age 24 has been unemployed since July 2009 and is now looking for work out of town. The end of my benefits effects the entire family. I have already lost my vehicle and I am already one payment behind on the mortgage and we will soon loose our home even with making financial cuts, such as sharing one phone and vehicle, no cable TV, etc. What am I suppose to do now?

    March 2, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Repugnants are Taliban

    Shouldn't have asked for an intelligent response, you went beyond his capabilities, remember you are dealing with a Repugliban and they are not the sharpest tools in the shed, in fact most cannot read so what do youo expect from someone like this? Besides, you are not a rich banker with your hands out, then he would have stopped and opened the treasury for you, but alas you are just a poor smuck like the innocent people he shafted when he blocked the jobs package, what do poor people expect, they should just die and get it over with is what Repuglibans feel, look at their answers on health care reform, if you are sick don't waste our money, go off and die somewhere and do us all a favor.

    March 2, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. SoCalGal

    FINALLY – a politican with balls to do the right thing!

    March 2, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. donttreadonme

    How dare he request that the Congress have the means to pay for a bill before he agrees to passing it. What is wrong with this man!!!!

    Obama, Reid and Pelosi are business as usual in Washington. Paybacks, pork and deficit spending. Just more of same !

    March 2, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. unknown

    Is this what this country has turned into? One man that tax payer paid for his salary and with his connection non of his family memeber lack jobs, decided to block unemployment benefit. This is a sad day in America.

    March 2, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Tim

    What is the point of attaching the CNN clip to this article? What a non-event. He's ambushed with a question that is poorly constructed (technically), he somewhat answers it, and that's it. Not what I would define as an "emphatic" response.

    March 2, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. batnit

    The best way to spur job growth is to give a tax break to companies for each new hire. I agree that we should help those effected by the 25% real unemployment in this country, but we need the tax breaks also. I work for the website Storyburn where the economic mess I see daily is crazy bad. We have the most read home foreclosure stories on the web as well as several job hunting stories.

    March 2, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Diane

    Apparently the dear senator does not want to explain to the public why he feels that blocking this bill is a good idea. I wonder why that is. Oh, I know, IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA. These people need help. Jobs are scarce and until that changes, the unemployed are going to need assistance. Isn't it better to help a little now rather than pay their entire way once their benefits run out and they end up on welfare. Seems the republican senator can't figure that out.

    March 2, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Tina

    Maybe the senate aNd congress should have. Their pay suspended untill we find the money to pay them

    March 2, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. toni


    March 2, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. David

    I am glad Senator Bunning will be leaving the Senate because he is a disgrace as a representative for the people of Kentucky and the nation. He will be remembered as a do nothing Senator!! I know for a fact because I am from Kentucky.

    March 2, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Rino Reagan

    All Bunning has to do is accuse Dana and CNN of being the left wing media and they'll back off. Come on Bunning....throw the L word at them...they'll run and hide. Cowards.

    March 2, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Marty, FL

    Shameless grandstanding without taking personal responsibility for Rep. Bunning's actions–hiding from media inquiry while good Americans are suffering! How sad.

    March 2, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. jonathan




    The Republicans are nothing short of guilty of Treason
    for their continued obstruction of Government process which
    continues to make things worse, which they then blame and expect
    the media to blame the Dems and Obama.
    The Republicans have been sour loosers since November 2008.

    March 2, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Nosey Canadians should mind their own business

    Hes got one foot on a banana peel anyway and he doesnt care,hes made his bag money.

    March 2, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Maybe we should stop paying him

    Maybe we should stop paying the President, ALL the Senators, and Congress people until they pass this bill. This will increase crime and can cause even bigger problems if not address..."If a man can't eat HE will get desperate"

    March 2, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Lee

    Senator Bunning's stall is a perfect example of what the Republicans have been doing since President Obama was elected. His hipocracy is evident. He had no problem with voting for Pork legislation when President Bush was in office. But refusing to allow Unemployement benefits to be extended for Americans all across the country is backfiring.

    March 2, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. William

    Well people of Kentucky, this is YOUR elected representative literally running away from a question, hiding in a storage room to avoid what?
    If his reasoning for blocking the bill is so "simple" why not take 30 seconds to answer the reporters question. Let me "retire" to his cushy Senate pension and I'm sure will shortly be on the board of several tobacco companies earning I'm sure a well deserved salary.

    March 2, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. AJP

    Bunning is your typical Republican.

    They do not give a damm about the common man.

    Maybe this will open peoples eyes on what the Republican's are really all about.

    March 2, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. diridi

    then, how come a senator has 300 million property??? This idiot is so crazy....kick this nasty idiot out of office...revolt for senate term limits....only two terms...just like president....nasty idiots like him will vanish...he does not know lack of employment, nor health care....GOP thugs...rob the nation....lobby is is getting worst than third world....ok, just win....

    March 2, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. jennifer

    senator bunning dont care because its not him out here suffering.its us the people he not running for re-election what he got to lose nothing.he done made enough to live off of.but since he making us suffer i think the amercian people should make his party suffer in november.we see whats going on and everything thats said.but we will have the last laugh.we the people

    March 2, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. James B

    The party of NO, need we say more. This is why I became an independant. I grew tired of policitcs as usual in DC and will vote for someone who gets the job done, DEM or GOP alike. GOP watch your actions you think the DEM may lose some seats? Think twice before to block and or slow down congress

    March 2, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Sorensen

    Throw the stupid bum out.
    He is a disgrace.

    March 2, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Broken Government

    This is a perfect example of broken government. How can ONE member of Congress visit so much despair and harm to so many who are suffering. Unbelievable, come on voters let's fix this

    March 2, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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