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. citizen - you better BELIEVE it !

    BRAVO Jim, THE "BUCK" HAS TO STOP SOMEWHERE ! SOMETIME. There will NEVER be a "good" time. However since we( the USA) are in the s-s at the moment, NOW is that TIME. Bite the bullet and buck up. Tighten you belts America. ( NOTE) There are a LOT of overweight people in this country! Just look around. Get busy doing WORK that keeps you active, eat less and help one another. RE-START the WPA and other programs that get America back on its feet and prosperous again.

    March 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. William Madigan

    Dana Bash is like all the other celebrity photographers who hound and stalk important people to get a photo or interview..THere is no difference between the paparazzi and Dana..

    Try to be civil...not an ambulance chaser

    March 2, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. George Coleman

    My unemployment runs out at the end of this month. I have a family of five to support. I got laid off from my permanent job after Hurricane Ike tore through the refinery I worked at. I lost my job December 30, 2008 after they decided not to rebuild. I have put in for over 100 jobs and was told I was either to experienced, to old or just not quite what they were looking for. So if I don't get my benefits I don't know what I am going to do. I have been a tax payer since I was sixteen years old. I have worked for everything I got.

    March 2, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Jerry

    Jim Bunning ; he need's to be checked into a Mential Hospitial ; along with a bunch of the gop.:

    March 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Patriot

    This guy lost it a long time's time for the Republican leadership to do something about him..oh that's right...they don't have any backbone unless they are throwing insults at the President.....Kinda makes you proud don't it? 🙂

    March 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Ryan

    What a hypocritical move.

    He claims that he is blocking the bill because there isn't offsetting funds to pay for it. Yet he voted for the war in Iraq (which was unfunded) and the Bush tax cuts (which cut taxes but didn't offset it without cutting spending).

    And he voted AGAINST the pay as you go legislation (PAYGO) that he is now trying to single-handedly enforce.

    All of that, and the poor Senator can't be bothered to answer a few questions about his position.


    March 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    Senator Bunning wanted the bill to match President Obama's "Pay As You Go" policy.
    He has already said that.
    If the Senator has to answer any more questions, perhaps he should be arrested and given the third degree at a police station.

    March 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Ronald South Carolina

    Jim Bunning voted yes to the UNFUNDED 2001 tax cuts (Trillions of debt)
    Jim Bunning voted yes to the UNFUNDED 2003 tax cuts (Trillions of debt)
    Jim Bunning voted yes to the UNFUNDED 2003 Medicare D (Trillions of debt)
    Jim Bunning voted yes to the UNFUNDED Afganistan War (Trillions of debt)
    Jim Bunning voted yes to the UNFUNDED Iraq War (Trillions of debt)
    Jim Bunning voted yes to the UNFUNDED No Child left Behind(Billions of debt)
    Jim Bunning is an "Outrageous Hipocrite" embarrassment to the Senate and to America

    March 2, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Anonymous

    People ask that our government spend money like those of us on "main street". Tighten our belts when money is tight. But most of us on "main street" know what it is like to have an emergency . And in those times if we don't have the moeny to pay for a doctor's visit or food we usually turn to credit cards. We can't just do without them, they are necessities. Unemployment benefits are necessities for the unemployed. I'm sure our governement can find plenty of ways to tighten their belts other than delaying jobless benefits.

    March 2, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Jeff

    So it's OK for Obama to ignore ideological journalists at Fox, but not for Bunning to ignore you being ideological at CNN?

    March 2, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Gary

    What else could be expected from the party of NO? I'm waiting for the good GOP senator with the $200 haircuts to be the speaker of the house so things can REALLY be brought to a standstill!

    March 2, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Marilou Hall

    This isn't the first case of overspending since Bunning joined the Senate. But here he is now, not taking a stand against the health care lobbyists, or the military lobbyists, or the agri-buisness lobbyists -oh no, he's taking on the poor, the desperate, those hardest hit but this recession. What a brave guy this Bunning is! A real American hero.

    March 2, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Doug B.

    Is arrogance of government surprising to anyone anymore? When will people finally stand up and say" I'M MAD AS HELL AND NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE"? It's funny but there is so much truth in it. This should open some eyes, along with bailouts of big business, government choosing which areas to invade for human rights violations based on their own interest. Big business flipping off the government and rolling in the bonus's and still insisting they need government money to continue functioning. The oil industry, just think what a relief it would be if they uncovered how to run a vehicle on water!
    We need a new system of government and it needs serious thought! We should have an organized research plan (government grant, Ha) to study a objective plan to govern as a united country instead of Mafia style bosses.

    March 2, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Peggy - TX

    Republican obstructionism, the tolerance of this obstructionism by Republican voters, the tolerance of voters to Republican politicians lies, and the tolerance of Republicans to vocal racist simply SMELLS RACIST.

    The “Take American Back “ crowed sound a lot like a bunch of angry white folks angry that we now have a Black President voted in by he American People. Who are they taking America back from.

    Much like the way astronomers detect “dark mater” by the effects on masses we can see, the lack of sound logic in Republican rational is understood only when racism is taken into consideration.

    I personally think Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, and his loyal followers are likely just racist trying to take President Obama down – they want government to fail. They do not want President Obama policies to prove to be sound.

    March 2, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Jeff

    I laughed when the camera focused on the do not enter sign after he went though it

    March 2, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Look, Bunning has one foot in retirement land and the other on a banana peel. He no longer has to placate the inquisitive media, give any excuses, or be something other than who he truly is: a selfish, grumpy old man.

    Good riddance.

    March 2, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. grace gilbert

    my husband and i are unemployed highway const. workers. so i guess we get double wammy. mr bunning should of thought about where the money was coming from a long time ago. maybe 8 years or so. my husband is a 2 heart attack survivor, i am a type 2 diabetic my husband is 58 years old and has worked in const. for 35 years and continues to work i am 54 and have worked with him for 10 years . and i guess we get the triple wammy we live in ky also what is amazing the people thats giving their opinion on tv still have their jobs go figure lets trade places does mr bunning have any suggestions where to find a job i looked on jobs on internet 8 jobs posted in our town

    March 2, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. kathy key``

    why now , if you want to fix things bring our jobs back the american people would love to have a job to go to instead of depending on the government for a check.take our unemployment away an you will see the economy crash no money no spending, bring our work back an the american people will fix the problem , an no more bonuses for the banks that help no one. maybe they should look at cutting the senators an congress pay, i will not vote for anyone in office.

    March 2, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. P.Y. L A

    And why should HE ?
    Don't we have a new law on the books that state "PAY AS YOU GO"?
    So,if Democrats want benefits paid ,they need to find what to cut.
    and I got an idea for them.
    California marsh mice that N.Pelosy love so mach.
    And if they look around they will find more of the staff that nobody need or want and remove it from Stimulus bill,so they will have more than they need to pay for people .

    March 2, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Deb n Texas

    That is what guilt does to you – makes you silent. I think it is ashame that this one man is in the process of making so many peoples' like miserable. There are not any jobs out here and HE needs to be IMPEACHED. Is there a rule to impeach him. He really sounds kind of crazy.

    March 2, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. John

    It's a shame this guy isn't running again...

    March 2, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Ras-Disputin

    Repulsivecans...the party of NO unless its for a fake phoney fraud war.

    March 2, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. RaeNanda Pointer

    Where's the jab?

    March 2, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Mathew

    If you are against excessive spending, fine....but where were you with two expensive wars and Bush's otherwise reckless spending? Be consistent, not hypocritical.

    March 2, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Maria

    HOORAY FOR SENATOR BUNNING! He recognizes that it will be very painful for us all if we truly want to reduce our deficit and get back to a balanced budget and fiscal responsibility in this country. There's enough pork in all the bills (and yes in the Defense budget too, and in federal employees pay and pensions, etc) that Congress and Senators can easily cut out to pay for the jobless benefits. At last, we have someone who has the guts and leadership to start to get our country back on the right path. No one said it'd be easy...and yes, we all have to sacrifice. And I for one am willing. I'm going to send a check to Sen. Bunning's campaign today. We need more like him in Washington. Maria, 5th generation Texan and Conservative Hispanic American.

    March 2, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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