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. Chanel

    Hopefully ppl do not forget this in November

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

    Is anyone surprised about Sen. Bunning? He has been in Washington and I really don't think he has proposed legislationk worthy of a vote. He is going out with a bang.

    People will remember him for his stance which has cost thousands of people a paycheck and effectively put people out of work. What a legacy?

    I am not sure he was nay better as a baseball player.

    March 2, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    He rubber stamped all of Duh Duh Duh-byas initiatives with no concern about the deficit. NOW he becomes responsible. And the middle finger thing shows how truly classless and hypocritical he is

    March 2, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Dave

    What a scumbag. Heartless and gutless. Talk about being an elitist?? This is what the conservative and teabag movement will bring... Nothing like starving familys and making people lose their homes or default on loans, just to spite the democrats. What a great time to choose to be fiscally conservative......... Im gonna throw up.

    March 2, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. JLM

    An obstructionist never have any decent answers, they only want to throw a wrench in the plans.

    March 2, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Carol

    I find this guy refreshing. I wonder how all of congress would act if they knew they weren't coming back next year.

    March 2, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. gpc

    I for one think it's about time Congress starts living within its means. The rest of us have to. As for this particular issue where are all the funds that were deposited to pay Federal Unemployment Tax? Looted by Congress just like Social Security and Medicare, I suppose.

    March 2, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Jacksonville Bill

    Senator Bunning,

    Where were you when George Bush borrowed against future generations for the preemptive invasion of a sovereign nation to hunt for WMDs that were never found while cutting taxes?

    March 2, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    He is well within reason here. There is not much more to say. If the Senate wants to commit $10 billion they just need to identify where that money is coming from.

    In other words, Harry Reid wants to just say," Put it on my tab" and end up increasing our national debt by $10 billion and not take a hit on any of his more politically productive projects. He thinks fast trains for friendly Senators' regions and other projects are more important than paying benefits to unemployed citizens.

    Hold your ground, Senator Bunning. This is worth paying for with real money. We can not have the government operate with no fiscal responsibility.

    March 2, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Drew

    Now who is listening to the People. This GOP is pathetic. Wonder if his family would be angry if they were in our shoes right now or maybe him. People this is what happens when people have more money and can do anything they wish to hurt others. Sorry for you Senator you will rottttttttttttt just like the other 40 percent of the Nosssssssssss.

    March 2, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Mary Murray

    I do not understand why the US government would send millions to Haiti and Chile and other world disasters and yet they can't help their own people with health care and children etc in Kentucky and elsewhere that are in desparate economic situations.
    I am so lucky to be living in Canada and to be Canadian. (decendent of Empire Loyalists) We have so many safe guards for these situations. The blame can not be put on any one person, it's the whole system that is faulty.

    March 2, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. honest abe

    I'm still lost on why middle-class and poor people vote for these republican corporatist jerks. they are so concerned with gov't spending ... didn't complain during Bush's 8 years of spending that put us in a deficit on wars, outsourcing our jobs, etc... now they're concerned. they are only against spending when they have no control over the checkbook.

    March 2, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Jacksonville Bill

    Senator Bunning,

    Where were you when George Bush cut taxes while borrowing against future generations for the preemptive invasion of a sovereign nation to hunt for WMDs that were never found?

    March 2, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Anne

    This man is causing suffering for millions of people and stopping work on highway projects across the country, but you have to dig to find the story. So much for the MSM's liberal bias.

    March 2, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. guest

    the 'lead' to this story was, Angry Senator refuses to answer questions...i missed the whole angry part. He seemed pretty composed and polite, in declining to answer your badgering reporters questions.

    March 2, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |

    2 bit senator will being down the entire GOP in November

    This is a reflection of the entire GOP, he just has the guts (or stupidity) to come right out and say it

    Keep up the good work Jim, the nation needs to see the end of the GOP

    March 2, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. James Miller

    Just another politician made richer as a "public servant"

    March 2, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. sgurdog

    He's one pathetic human being!

    March 2, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. peejay

    And he emphasized his inclination not to answer further questions with a single digit salute – way to stay classy, Senator.

    March 2, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Paul Lee

    Dana Bash and CNN follows an earlier hit-piece on Bunning (they violate a senator's personal space by interrupting his elevator–an interesting tactic I have never seen them display on air) with an attempt to follow up. Bunning probably should answer some questions, but if this crew thinks they are due any consideration, they are deluded. Nice visual hit at the end–yeah the man is ducking you, but I don't blame him.

    March 2, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Julie

    Not only his, but all of congress should have their benefits discontinued for not taking care of their constituents. They should not have any health care, or retirements, and should be mandated to go on an unpaid furlough! Everything they get is supplied by taxpayers, I say we stop the spending by starting with them!

    March 2, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Debbie

    Funny, the GOP is all over Bunning and yet their game plan is always no, obstruct, drag out, funny they are attacking one of their own.


    March 2, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Sadie

    The man is a COWARD.....he had the balls to block the vote 2 times now and still doesn't have the decencey to answer the media and give the American people answers to why he wants to stop the unemployment benifit for millions of people while we are in this crisis of people trying to find jobs, not to mention all the other people he has now laid off in the Transportion Department..........he is a MAJOR SCUM BAG along with all the other Republicans that are filibustering every bill that comes their way........NOVEMBER IS GOING TO BE A DISASTER for them all...........You want the $10 billion up front do you Senator......well then I say take all Federal Aid and every other monies going to Kentucky to pay for it.........strip this idiot down.......he doesn't care about anyone but himself.....he is retiring at the end of the year, so why should he care........except that he is doing a lot of damage to the GOP

    March 2, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Beth

    Make unemployment recipients work for the funds and most of them will get off the dole. I know this because I've stayed in their homes, watching them not looking for work for weeks on end – never going near an employment office. Why has no one realized that 70% or more of the people claiming unemployment aren't really looking that hard. They'd get off the unemployment ranks - and we would not have to create new benefit funds, because we'd immediately have 70% of our present unemployment funds to recycle to people who truly could not get work - if unemployment recipients had to do "government created makework" like cleaning roads, sorting recyclable garbage out of regular garbage, helping road crews, working in homes-for-humanity crews, anything that would help this country.

    Make them do 5 days a week, at least five hours a day, of government-created community service for that unemployment, and then sit in the unemployment offices for the other 3 hours a day – punching time cards in every half hour to prove they've been there all that time, and suddenly a lot of those kids will get off their behinds and go out and find some real paying jobs where they make a little bit more for the same amount of effort. And anyone who still stuck it out on this plan would be proving they deserved the dole – and would be spending three hours a day in an office where they could hear about jobs available.

    I've personally seen too many 20-40 year olds spending all day, 7 days a week, in front of computers playing games while collecting unemployment....they can't be looking that hard for work if they never get out from in front of the computers and go to sit in the unemployment offices, all day long, every day, as I did when I was out of work, waiting for a new job to come available and going to every single interview I was given.

    I've seen what most of these people do – they are not out there looking so how do they expect to find work? Answer? They don't. The government makes it too easy to just sit with their hands out.

    Again – make them work for it and 70% of them will get off the dole.

    Feel free to shorten this if you use it – just get it out there and please, please, please get it to the politicians. Can't believe they haven't even thought of this.

    March 2, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Gezellig

    Bunning pitches another perfect game; this time for the Democrats. I guess this is the Republican's idea of compassionate conservatism; taking food out of the mouths of familes in pain to make a political point. If he wants to insist late in the process that this be paid for in advance, how about we take all of Kentucky's federal highway dollars for this purpose?

    Really Senator Bunning, do you really think the unemployed deserve this treatment?

    March 2, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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