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. RH

    Refusing to make a point doesn't do much for the, "I'm trying to make a point" defense.

    March 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. J. Hall

    SHAME on you! Look first at what YOU spend
    Imagine how many family have you impacted – by blocking these stopgap measures that some families are dispirately in need of those funds to live on ! housing, food, utilities and other necessities
    for families.

    March 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. stevegee

    Now if only the rest of Congress would grow a set and fight for fiscal responsibility our country might not go bankrupt.

    Go Jim Bunning go!

    March 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Ed

    I think Sen Bunning should be fired, left with no benefits, no health insurance, and no checks from the gvt.

    March 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Jim

    seems typical for the republicans ... no ideas, no explanations, just "NO"

    and why should i vote for one, again?

    March 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Alex

    Way to fight the "Party of No" stereotype, Jimmy.

    March 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Monkey wrench

    Doesn't anyone on the left get it? Our Fed has run us into such a massive insurmountable debt it will burden our children's children in tax debt for their lives, it will destroy America as we know it. I am 100% for our government helping those that are incapable of helping themselves but more handouts that truly equate to nothing in the way of a fix instead of addressing the core issues of unemployment and the economy is not going to alleviate the problem, it is not the right thing to do. I agree with Sen. Bunning, expanding the deficit now is like pouring gas on a fire to put it out, at some point Americans getting and living off the freebie entitlements have got to realize that when you break the Masters, you break the slaves!

    March 2, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. beasly3b

    Studies have shown that when people run out of jobless benefits, most then begin to look for work. If you continue giving away money and increasing the debt for our children to pay, many unemployed will not continue to look for work. All the Senator is saying is that we can fund the $10 Billion as long as we make $10 billion in cuts elsewhere in the budget.

    March 2, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. MB Seattle

    Another no hitter for Jim Bunning. Partisan politics at its worst.

    March 2, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Marlene

    Bunning should have been sent out of congress yesterday stripped of every taxpayer dollar in his financial personal income. wearing pants, no wallet, no car to take him home , no electricity when he got there, no policeman to secure his safety.What a selfish individual, Sad When the world becomes all about me.Vipers exist, but we try not to let them take over the world

    March 2, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. dan smith

    Unlike welfare,unemployment benefits are not an entitlement. When a company hires someone they have to decide how much money they can pay for a position. Once they have made that determination,a certain amount of the money a prospective employee would have received as part of their salary goes to unemployment instead. The problem isn't unemployment benefits,it's welfare benefits-no one should receive money for not working.

    March 2, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Benny Williams

    I would like to ask senator Jim Bunning, W.W.J.D. ? (What would Jesus Do). If you are Christian you should know the answer and therefore G.A.D.L. (Go and do likewise).

    March 2, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Dutch/BAd Newz, VA

    HYPOCRITE!!! When did Sen Bunning become so fiscally conservative. He didn't block any of Bush's spending bills.

    March 2, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. dan smith

    Save the country Obama,END WELFARE NOW

    March 2, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. gary

    Bunning is becoming the poster boy for the GOP. Angry, intolerant and unreasonable. They should be proud.

    March 2, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Jesse (Lakewood, WA)

    While I do not consider jobless bills to be nonessential, this situation begs the question of what will happen when President Obama implements spending freezes for nonessential programs in 2011. Is this a preview of impending press coverage and outrage for Congressmen and Senators who uphold that freeze out of both parties?

    March 2, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Wes Carter

    Why is this $10 billion Bill being voted on. I was under the impression that this is what the +800 billion stimulus bill was for. This new bill is for unemployment benifits, transportation projects etc. Is this bill an addtion to the stimulus? I belive we should be asking more questions about all these spending bills.

    March 2, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Peggy - TX

    How is it that Kentucky repeatedly votes in someone like Sen. Jim Bunning. This angry old white guy votes for 1.3 trillion a year tax break for the very wealthy, Votes to fund a war that has questionable purpose, but refuses to extend the unemployment benefits for the people of Kentucky.

    Unemployment benefits are not charity! When the unemployment rate gets too high, it unfairly sidelines lots of folks and the small income from unemployment can make the difference between just getting by and the complete collapse of family units. A few individuals that abuse unemployment should not derail the effort to keep it for the many hard working middle class Americans desperately need this cushion in these turbulent economic times. Those unemployment dollars immediately go directly into bolstering the economy and generate income for others that will be taxed by the Government. It just makes since to everyone but this hard headed angry old white guy shouting at clouds and lamenting that the world has changed.

    Where is Republican Leadership in the Senate? What can they NOT get this nutty old guy in-line? Oh yea – too busy taking aim at President Obama – the American people are just justifiable collateral damage.

    March 2, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Elliott Carlin


    Why didn't you follow Charlie Rangel around asking him about some of his questionable and unethical, if not illegal, dealings. He also slammed an elevator door in a reporters face, yet you don't call him "defiant"

    Your beef with Bunning is ideological, therefore hardly worthy of the time you are giving it.

    Illegality by congressmen is a much more important issue.

    And you wonder why no one watches CNN

    March 2, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. jane

    The silence of his fellow Republicans speaks volumes. A strong middle class is the strength of our nation. And it is the Republicans who are largely responsible for devastating it,

    Their ability to dupe, inflame and then exploit a certain segment of the population for the benefit of the rich is their greatest success.

    March 2, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. Dani

    If friends and family members of the Senator were unemployed for more than a year, I'm sure he would find some way to assist them. It's politicians like him that need to leave Washington. The Government isn't working for the middle class or the poor, so why do we continue to vote for these idiots? It's shameless that the Government has to pay the employers to hire people. What does that tell you about the world we're living in? The jobs do exist, it's just that the "Greedy," want to shore up the investment they make, with the Government paying for any losses they might endure. It's disgusting! It's the same scenario as with the "Banks." So who is proud to be an American at this point?

    March 2, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Lynn

    CNN asked in a poll if there was too much Chicago in the WH. This proves there's not near enough. Bunning couldn't get away with this stunt in Chicago. He would announce his retirement and quickly be gone.

    March 2, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. CeCe

    Hitler brought the world to it's I guess we have Bunning.

    March 2, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Halls

    A true Republican!!

    March 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Maybe its time for a few thousand Americans to have a meeting at Bunnings house.

    March 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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