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. Alan

    I Love this guy!

    On Feb 12 Obama signed the pay go bill that he pushed for. This bill is supposed to make it manditory that all bills be deficit neutral. Well this bill isn't, it adds $10 Billion of new debt.

    All Bunning is doing is holding Obama and the Dems at their word. This makes it very clear the the pay go bill was just a facade to make people think they are concerned about the debt.

    This proves that they are not. As Bunning said, if this bill is so important we should be able to come up the $10B to pay for it.

    GO JIM GO !!!

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

    Acording to the CNN broadcast video, it appeared to me that Senator Bunning exclaimed "Excuse me" to a man who blocked the elevator door from closing, and not at Ms. Bash.

    March 2, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Susan

    Just got back from "coffee" with the girls....what were once Republicans, aren't now. Democrats are gaining votes....Thanks Republican Bunning!!

    March 2, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Peter WORMER

    There can be no doubt in anyone's mind who the Republican party represents: The rich and well off people.Mr. Bunning (MR REPUBLICAN to the core) has been in his cushy job for far too long. He's too far removed from people who struggle daily to put food on the table, clothe and shelter their children. He is the world's smallest package: totally wrapped up in his own feeling of importance....In other words, he is totally bereft of any ethical, moral value..nuff said....excuse me while I hurl..............

    March 2, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |

    What has changed is simple.....he's hopped on the bandwagon with those that rather tout spending cuts that do what's right.

    March 2, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. The Other Michael in Houston

    Of course he is refusing to answer questions. His stupid stunt backfired, just like the guy who yelled out liar during the Presidents speech, Joe the Plumber etc. Senator Bunning not only made himself look foolish, but he may sealed his political fate. Democrats are not the only group of people receiving unemployment benefits.

    March 2, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Albert R. K. . L.A., CA

    What questions does Sen. Jim Bunning need to answer? He is a Republican who believes he is standing on a mountain of Conservative principles, that the only Senate bills that should be approved are those which tax us all to protect the wealth of the rich by providing the military, police, courts, and prisons. The rich have no use for unemployment benefits, public schools, universal health care or other “Big Government Socialist” plots (as they see them). Yesterday when Bunning extended his middle finger to the Press it was a symbol, a sum, of all the Republican tantrums at town halls, yelling at our President during Congressional speeches, and abusing the filibuster like a defiant spoiled brat refusing to budge. The reason that the Senators of the rich are starting to blow a gasket is because the Majority vote on health care will reveal to the nation what a small minority Republicans are in the 100 member U.S. Senate when the tally of the majority in favor of health care counts up 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59….., and makes it clear they have no clothes as they stand on that mountain of Bull.

    March 2, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. joel palmer

    Bunning is going out with all the style and grace of a real jerk; he is giving the collective finger to the USA; the unemployed, the GOP (for Dumping him) and to Miss McConnell (who engineered dumping him)

    In the exercise; he has displayed the entire gop for the splenetic demagogues they are. The gop is anti american and are onl;y for the plutocracy they represent. John Kyl: quote "Unemployment is a disincentive to work"; shows what they (gop) really think

    March 2, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. librarian

    That outrageous creep makes me SICK. He is the prototype of the Republican who cannot care less about us and is unpatriotic.

    March 2, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |

    This man is truly frightening. A real creepazoid.

    March 2, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |

    .........and this is why I would never vote for a republican. They could care less about average Americans. It's all about protecting their rich buddies and friends. I bet you if the bill contained tax cuts for thbe rich he would have no problem passing the bill.

    March 2, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Greg in Cabot, AR

    How about we block congressional pensions, pay and medical benefits until we "find" the money to pay for those programs too?

    March 2, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Mike

    This story clearly exposes politics before people. It is very obvious that the Senator's reasoning is a political one, probably based on an ongoing tiff between him and other politicians. Ego over job responsibility is what we have here.

    March 2, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. David in San Diego

    Even for backward/backwoods KY, Bunning is an anomaly. He isn't stupid; he just acts that way. And as a non-candidate for re-election, he can blow off the Republican'ts just as safely as the Dems. Good riddance!!

    March 2, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. ART

    Lets expose these do nothing republicans for what they are and who they represent. Remember we were at the brink of another great depression economy on the brink of collaps,thank god our new president did what he had to do, because if he didn't unemployment would have reached 25%. Left to repubilcans unemployed would have to fend for themselves since it would be considered one of those social programs, enough lets put blame where blame needs to be on the do nothing republicans oh and don't forget to collect your funds from the health insurance companies that you so blindly protect you disgusting republicans

    March 2, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. FactCheck

    Your RNC tax dollars at work (or not as the case may be). This guy had no problem at all voting for each of the Bush tax cuts and for funding both wars. When it comes to helping out the folks who don't line his bank account, all of a sudden he has become very "concerned" about spending.

    March 2, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. proud mother and sister of a soldier

    Maybe this man understands that this actions also costs jobs. The additional tax and surcharges placed on business just takes away what could have been salaries. I know one biotech company that has openings but cannot fill them with the added tax burdens. The money has to come from somewhere. Too bad the politicians don't spell it out so the simple folk can understand.

    March 2, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Martin

    I'm sure he's not loosing any sleep over this. Another low life politician. Get a grip man.

    March 2, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |

    ... put HIM on the streets with what Welfare and Food Stamps pay and see how long HE survives ...

    March 2, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. evman

    Bunning is another in a long line of Repugnant Republican dirtbags. Dime a dozen these days.

    March 2, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. rosslaw

    There is a God and he is a Democrat. The Dems could not have invented a better example of Republican contempt for the people they profess to serve than this toxic, bile-filled piece of work who if there was justice in the world would be stripped of every retirement benefit he is looking to enjoy, most particularly his lifetime health insurance and pension, just like the "little people" so often are forced to experience.

    March 2, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Big Ed

    So, where is Boehner and the rest of the Republicans on this one? What happened to the willingness to work with the Democrats? Where is all the "we want to do the work of the American people" rhetoric? Well, Boehner, you just proved the point that you are all tan and no man!

    March 2, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Citizen Voter

    Why does Bunning hate the US?

    He'll spend $$ on endless war and taxcuts for the uberwealthy, but not let the poor and unemployed have bread and hmoes.

    Let them eat cake Mr. Bunning?

    March 2, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Bob in Pa

    How many times does the man have to answer the question ?

    March 2, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Gary

    Maybe the good Senator is willing to proposed a tax increase to pay for the bill? Hardly! This old guy is grandstanding and representing the GOP well.

    March 2, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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