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. Gerry

    Bunning is an arrogant jerk. He showed his true colors yesterday, with his elevator outburst. The Rupublican party must be proud to have Jim Bunning and Mitch as their spokesmen!

    March 2, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. jeff jackson, alabama

    The problem with our representatives in
    Wash. D.C. are reflected by those who voted
    for them.
    I don't know how many of you writers out there
    realize it, but alot of your attitudes are just like
    their attitudes.
    Case in point : No matter what these stories are
    about if you are a Republican you don't think
    a democrat can have a single good idea. And if
    you are a democrat you don't think a Republican
    can have a single good idea. What are the chances
    of everybody's ideas being bad ?
    You criticize our representatives for their extreme
    partisanship and then you turn around and do the
    same thing. Just give it a little thought. Show
    a little less hate from both parties. If you act like adults
    then maybe the people you elect to public office will
    follow suit. Name calling never built anything. Think
    about each scenario that comes up and forget what party
    you are registered as.

    March 2, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. logan

    Glad to see bunny could grow a set now that he's not seeking reelection. He wants it paid for but votes against paygo or was he just voting against Obama like the rest of the republicans.

    March 2, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Dex

    I hope Republican Bunning has created a domino effect....this country needs a good wake up call to expose Republicans for what they really are and what they truly represent. Since Republican Bunning is not up for re-election, Republicans elected him to do their dirty work, creating chaos and failure. God help us all.

    March 2, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. AndyBlue

    Absolutely Disgusting. The republicans will throw all of America under the bus to stop any progress and this is proven now.

    I will Never vote for a republican again.

    March 2, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    I wish this kind of behavior was an isolated issue, but this is what we have for the People’s representation from both parties. They believe they are the ruling class and we are subservient to them.
    This Nov. 2010 take back your government.
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    March 2, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Deke

    Sen. Bunning can take his finger, stick it where the sun don't shine and twirl on it....he'd get his cheap thrill for the day!

    March 2, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Papa John

    Isn't there also in the jobs bill a provision to cut inheritance taxes of estates over several million dollars. This would create a 138 billion dollar deficit over ten years. The Republicans want this tax cut to pass.
    I am with Sen Bunning.

    March 2, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Another Reformed Republican

    Where is the republican leadership on this issue? McConnell and Boehner are strangely silent. This kind of reminds one of Newt Gingrich's decision to shut down the government during the Clinton years. That stance didn't work out too well for him. Let's hope the republican leadership pays a price for putting politics ahead of jobs and unemployed American workers.

    Why do republicans hate the United States so much?

    March 2, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. KENDA

    Not answering questions??????? Why not, he seems to know all the answers. What a complete moron.

    March 2, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. dan smith

    If the government hadn't raided the unemployment funds to pay welfare to people that have never worked a day in their life then there would be plenty of money in the system to pay out the benefits to people that have worked. welfare has ruined the unemployment trust fund the same way it has ruin the Social Security trust fund. Time for the lazy bums in this country to get a job like the rest of us.

    March 2, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. jbakaregit

    People want to know why the Senate is the dysfunctional institution it is? Bunning is why.

    If the GOP thinks America wants to return to the Bush years come November, they are sorely mistaken. America is seeing that the party that gave us 2 wars (unpaid for), tax cuts for the wealthy, torture, and economic collapse is now trying to prevent us from reversing all of this.

    It doesn't matter that he's on his way out. The rest of his party enables him, and hasn't done anything to stop him.

    It is clear they care nothing for America. They meant what they said when displayed through their actions they want President Obama (and by extension, America) to fail.

    Vote Democrat or Independent come November. The GOP is it currently stands needs to be relegated to the fate of the Whig party - oblivion.

    March 2, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Olivia

    Just another Republican who loves playing God.

    March 2, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Socrates43

    TYPICAL REPUBLICAN.. Hypocrites.. I bet this guy goes to Church and prays to God...
    He is going to retire and the PEOPLE of this coubntry will be paying his pension meanwhile millions of people are suffering because of what BUSH/Cheney did to this country. So.. this parasite, Bunning, when Bush was cutting taxes to the rich.. he didn't say anything.. but when people that have no jobs need help.. this hateful monster goes against that,... I hope GOD is going to send him to hell.. there he will be among his buddies.. all hateful and mean.

    March 2, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Illinois 2

    This is exactly why the incumbants should be kicked out of office in november and/or asked to resign immediately because they are not representing their districts.

    March 2, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. mitch

    I wonder if this Senator and i use the word lightly, would be standing in the way of people being able to take of their families if he was one of them. If the deficit is the issue, he has already helped increase it enough on issues that have nothing to do with the americans well being. I would remind congress they are servants of the people.

    March 2, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. CitizenJP

    The reason Bunning is blocking food from millions of tables:

    – He is one of the biggest hypocrites. He never asked Iraq war to be paid for before the unnecessary war started.

    – He needs to be unemployed to know what it is like to be unemployed because of the ecomonic mess created by the republicans in the 8 years.

    – He is fighting for the top 5% deep pocket rich that uses the American great labor force to get richer and throw them like used soda can when the rich cannot suck the blood of the labor force as efficiently anymore.

    I am a licensed engineer with two masters degrees collecting unemployment! This is today's America.

    March 2, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    While I appreciate the sentiment behind his actions (a balanced budget is a worthwhile goal), his timing is atrocious. People will be hurting badly because of this. Some will probably lose their homes. What a scumbag. And the worst part is this d-bag probably has a high-paying lobbyist gig waiting for him come next year. Oh well, that seems to be the way of the world these days. The scumbags get bonuses and the rest of us get nuttin'. Have a nice day!

    March 2, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Sue

    Here is what I think that the problem is..........

    The majority of Republican politicians--as well as the Republican and Independent citizens/voters/workers--no longer have any respect for the main stream media.

    They watched in shock--as the media became lap dogs for Obama--during/after the elections. No research/investigation/questions regarding Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers, Tony Rezko, etc.

    They watched in shock--as the media provided lies, spin, coverup for any news that might be perceived as negative regarding Obama, Obama Administration, and Democrats. No research/investigation/questions regarding ACORN, SEIU, Andy Stern, lies/false data regarding the success of the stimulous, etc.

    Yet, the main stream media comes out of the wood work--to question anything/everything if it involves a Republican.

    In Summary, the main stream media is no longer respected/supported by Republican politicians--and is no longer respected/supported by a large majority of Republican/Independent citizens/voters.........

    March 2, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. JS007

    Time for the Senate to kick this jerk out. Playing fast and loose with people's unemployment benefits is the most irresponsible thing I've ever seen. I guess some people are just pure evil.

    March 2, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. whaley41

    It's only money. Obama can print some more. Besides, we Americans have deep pockets. Oh wait, when my wife and I were laid off 10 years ago, our benefits ran out and we never got any help. Had to go it alone but survived. Times have changed.

    March 2, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. ObamasRecordDeficit

    Good for Bunning.

    I agree with his principals.

    He believes the bill is imporant but he wants to make sure we know where the funding comes from.

    DUMocRATS don't get it.

    We're gonig bankrupt

    March 2, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Mike

    nobama signed a bill to "pay as you go" and the senator is only trying to get him to live up to his own bill. If we cannot afford this amount of money how can nobama justify the trillions he wants to spend?

    March 2, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Seriously

    When are the free handouts going to stop? Applause to Bunning, it has to stop sometime.

    March 2, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Angela

    Well, well, well. The true face of repub's are coming out. Do you really think they want you to have money, helath insurance, or anything else they have? They cannot control you if you are rich, strong and healthy. They have to keep you coming back to them and this is their chance!!

    Want change? Vote them out!! I think incumbants (sp?) should all be voted out!! Two term limit and no "retirement" benefits. This guy is set for life because he was in politics. Are you set for life? NOPE. And they do not care either.

    March 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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