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. Yooper

    BREAKING NEWS: a republican said NO...oh my they are the party of no and the party of I hate America....

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

    See how our politicians/senators work these days!
    They do not feel they need to explain themselves anymore to the public. They say and do whatever they want. They change their party and/or position on issues whenever it benefits them.
    Essentially, he and many other republican elites
    are saying _ _ _ _ you America!

    Forget the two parties, time to take back our country "from" the politicians.
    They no longer speak for us or even to us.

    The world is watching, embarrassed to be a US citizen.

    March 2, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Take note America!

    This is what happens to 400,000 vulnerable families with ONE arrogant republikan objecting, imagine if this cabal where to regain control, what all of them would do. SS and Medicaid would be next.

    "Flip off" off the middle class when they need it the most.

    If that is the "compassionate conservative" you may elect, then you will deserve what you get when YOU lose your job!

    March 2, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Keith in Austin

    That's OK Jim! Don't fall victim to the liberal media's pressure!

    March 2, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Michael in Houston

    We are so sorry Senator Bunning for asking you questions. What were we thinking. You had every right to be angry and evasive. The unmitigated gall of a reporter asking a US Senator a question.

    March 2, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Josephine


    About time that someone doesn't pass a bill without paying withou it. How can the country sustain every idea and pay for it? Where will it end?

    March 2, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Fitz in Texas

    Hey CNN....I have an idea. Since Sen. Jim Bunning doesn't want to answer your questions. Why not do a little coverage on Cindy Sheehan. Surely you remember her. You folks were all over her with coverage when she was banging her drum regarding Bush and this war. Now Cindy Sheehan is banging her drum even louder as she yells Obama is killing our young men in this war, yet I just don't hear anything from you CNN. Hmmmmmmmmm, gee wonder why.

    March 2, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. PacificView

    Another angry white guy messing with peoples lives for political points.

    With abuse of filibuster and the one-senator holds, no wonder the congress has ceased to function.

    March 2, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Jay

    GOP = "Gaggle Of Pinheads"! Bunning is an ass. He prefers giving the finger to Americans in need, from no fault of their own, instead of working to bring the country out of crisis. He is the worst of the loud-mouthed, grand-standing, obstructionist, do nothing "Gaggle Of Pinheads" party, whose members appear more and more to be in the pocket of big buisness, big insurance, and corrupt wall street brokers. Do us all a favor, Bunning - follow Palen's lead and QUIT NOW! GET OUT OF THE WAY! BE GONE!

    March 2, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Capt. Snarky

    I'll answer for him. The Democrats passed PayGo into law, requiring that expenditures be budget neutral (you offset expenditures with cuts elsewhere in the budget). Now, they want to release funds for these unemployment benefits WITHOUT the required budget offset, and Bunning has called them on it. Perhaps this isn't the best choice on his part, but it IS smart. It highlights quite vividly the Democrats absolute hypocrisy when it come to funding and debt. Bunning, while seemingly callous, is actual just being fiscally responsible, which is more than I can say about the democrats from the President on down.

    March 2, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Bunning still not answering questions"

    That's because, just like the rest of the GOPer twit squad, Bunning HAS NO ANSWERS, PERIOD.

    March 2, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Pragmatic

    He talks about fiscal resonsibilty – but voted AGAINST "paygo" that he's whining about. The Senator needs to put a face on the numbers – these are real people, that need real money to survive. Since he is not running for re-election, there are no consequences ... he will retire with full pension & gold plated health care ... thanks to your taxpayer dollars.

    ...notice how silent the republicans are? Palin isn't talking about "real Americans" – the real ones who are watching their families suffering.

    March 2, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. coherent1

    He already has ..I..

    March 2, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Mack

    Water board him! Make sure he water and board are paid for first though.

    March 2, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. historian

    I think everyone should read the March 1 TIME magazine article on Why Washington's Tied Up in Knots (filibuster). Time magazine as well as CNN are really providing keen insight on just how bad Washington DC has become. Don't you think there should be time limits on how long politicians are in office and doesn't anyone know how to get the politicians to act like adults so they can solve some problems?

    March 2, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Texas Doc

    Its ok when the govt. suports him, just no one else.

    March 2, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Bill from GA

    If they want to pay for another unemployment benefits extension, start with a change in their automatic pay raise; loose the raise this year and vote each year to get one or not, also tie it to the same cost of living rate used for Social Security.. It would be a start and also show that Congress is not TOTALLY OUT OF TOUCH. (Fat chance!)

    March 2, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. ch

    How many people are going to vote for Bunning to be re-elected?

    March 2, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. ChicagoDB

    OMG! Another Republitard scum bag...Who would have guessed from the party of NO?

    March 2, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Norman

    Haha, what a stroke. Run away from the questions Senator, run away. Maybe they'll disappear.

    March 2, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Paula W.

    Perhaps Senator Bunning's paycheck and health insurance should be cut off for awhile. His lack of understanding, compassion, and his mean-spirited actions are truly an embarrassment for the Senate.
    As an unemployed person for quite some time, I would love Senator Bunning to switch positions with me for a few months to see what it's like to be unable to find work at my age of 61. I truly believe Senator Bunning is suffering from a mental illness and should be forced to resign his seat in the Senate. Something is wrong with his mental processes. The unemployed people are desperately trying to find work. We send out resumes daily and never receive a call back from the employers. Perhaps Senator Bunning should worry about the cost of the 2 wars we are waging, not the unemployed Americans.

    March 2, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Jos

    Jim, Now you are showing your true color and shows that you are an Idiot who never cares for the average American People. where are all 40 others Rep Sanaters who are keeping their mouth shut?you kow why ?they also don't care for you people, those Idiots are all in the pocket of corporatin. Where is Mc Caine? how come he is so quite. You voters kick those Idiots out in the mid-term election...................

    March 2, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. john

    These days I think almost all of us have seen everything but this Jerk is just that. He usres makes the big money stereotype of a republican do just that. Unreal that he can even think of doing this to the middle working class and to Main street USA. There is no excuse and nothing to be proud of aside from the fact he is one twisted bastard!

    March 2, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Jim

    Sen. Bunning represents everything that is wrong with the Republican party: an uncompromising ideology, opposing all of Obama's initiatives, and caring nothing for the needs of ordinary Americans.

    Jim Bunning would have fit in well with President Hoover's administration and opposed Social Security and the New Deal too.

    March 2, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. AEK

    Like so many Republican politicians, this man feels no need to provide ANY explanation for his vote or unusual behavior. Remember people, we work for the Republicans and their lobbyist friends, the Democrats work for us. A not so subtle difference.

    March 2, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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