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. Matt in UT

    Maybe he's blocking it because the USA can't afford it.

    We all have family and friends. I was laid off during Clinton's recession of 2000 and lived with my brother for four months.

    You can provide a safety net without supporting a lifestyle.

    March 2, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Anne in Stamford CT

    How does this man sleep at night?

    March 2, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Andy

    Why aren't you guys going after Charlie Rangel like this? CNN drives me crazy!!

    March 2, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. ToughLove

    Who should be held accountable?
    Bunning, for standing on a principle (whether you agree with him or not)?
    Or the Dems, for refusing to navigate around Bunning because this is a "good political issue right now" (according to a CNN reporter).

    March 2, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. John

    I wouldn't answer any questions either from this bias news network. He knows that the tax payers can not support all the unemployed people forever. Hussein is putting the country down the toilet and people are just to stupid to see it.

    March 2, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. jack

    The 24 hour news cycle has done one good thing for the public. It has shined a light on the back room dealing and "trading " of favors done by politicians. The public finds this appalling.

    The Senator says he will now "deal" on this issue. What kind of deal did you give the people whom you threw out of work with your holding up of the bill?

    This is the type of politics that has to end. You work for us and our benefit, not the other way around Senator. Time for you to be replaced.

    March 2, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. MacDeezy

    I wish someone would rush his mound. I love how NOW he has a "Come to Jesus" moment over fiscal responsibility. Under Bush, no spending bill was too great for him to oppose; but now all of a sudden it's important to him, and jobless Americans will suffer for his "principles". I scoff at his indignation, what a phony!

    March 2, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. taxpayer

    Brave guy. Nothing in it for him, just doing the right thing. We need more like him.

    March 2, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Mitchell from MS

    Good man! Why is it that when someone wants to follow the rules he is criticized in the media for it?

    The rules state there has to be money to pay for a program, and news flash THERE IS NO MONEY! STICK TO YOUR GUNS JIM!

    CNN if you did not have any money in your accounts would you continue to spend money? Of course not, which is exactley the case here!

    March 2, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. another Dave

    How long have the people been getting unemployemet that are getting extensions?

    Why don't I ever see that figure reported?

    After a six months to a year of unemployment benefits, maybe it's time to lower those expectations, or even move to another city / state for a job (any job)!!!

    March 2, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. JP

    We continue to be governed by idiots.

    March 2, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    I wonder how Bunning voted for giving banks more money?

    March 2, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Chad from Tampa

    Bunning is a patriot for standing up to the reckless spending in Washington. Who cares if he hurts some reporters feelings?

    March 2, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |

    This guy is a senator, "a national civil servant" he answers to the people why is he acting like a sought after movie star? Coward politician has he no wit or intelligence to answer a couple of questions from the press? Answer the questions senator you work for us remember, don't be a coward, your paycheck and position are being paid for by our tax dollars, same tax dollars that pay for unemployment benefits.

    March 2, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. please

    I know where to get funding, cut his retirement pension and health care.

    March 2, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. TCM

    I can't blame him too much for not wanting to talk to CNN, the Obama spin doctors.....somehow, they'll (CNN) will post an article that gives Obama credit and blames Bush and Palin....such misinformation.

    March 2, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Bunning wants to find funding. Hmmm

    Cut out all health care for him immediately, his salary for the remainder of his term, and all retirement benefits he thinks he has "earned".

    Does that help?

    March 2, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. JA/TN

    it is likely he was paid off, far fetched, that's what lobbyist do is pay for votes up or down, but with our blessings

    March 2, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Janine Smalley

    Your biased reporting is showing when you fail to point out that the senator is a Republican. Let the people know what this party is responsible for or how they lack responsiblity.

    March 2, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Stop The Obama Sheep

    Bunning is the only one doing the peoples business. How do we spend money we don't have? Reid, Pelosi and Obama are like your children. If they use the credit card too much, TAKE IT AWAY.

    March 2, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Peter Vaguely

    Why does it always look like Sen. Bunning's head is gonna 'splode? Stand back everybody...I think he's gonna BLOW!

    March 2, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. David

    How about you hack your salary, expense budget and pension as a start to pay for the most vulnerable being able to survive the mess that you fools caused.

    March 2, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    Put him in the unemployment line with no income, no health care and no more wealthy votes to buy.

    March 2, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Pragmatic

    Notice that all his fellow republicans are also silent:: republicans got rid of "paygo" during the last administration, voted against it in this administration and now their spokesman is whining that Democrats pay ... totally ignoring that this bill is help for nearly 1,000,000 unemployed in the worst economy in decades, as well as stops loans for small business.

    republicans truly want America to fail ... won't help the unemployed – won't help business to create jobs ...

    March 2, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA


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