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. Ken in NC

    Senator Bunning is right that it should be paid for if they are going to do it. He is one of the LORDS of the Senate and so he knows what is best for the people. If they cannot find a way right now to pay for the extension then those that will lose their benefits and jobs should starve and suffer until they do find a way. This way if it happens again Congress will not have to worry about those same people suffering or starving again. He is so smart. That is why he is one of the LORDS of the Senate.

    I said all of that because I know that CNN cannot print what I want to say about the Gentleman from Ky.

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

    He did answer! He flipped the bird to the American taxpayers who helped fund unemployment and the one time they actually need those checks...he basically told them the f off. Because he's a republican, he's retiring, and he's angry that his party will lose coporate funding should the Obama administration succeed.

    March 2, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. RL.

    He doesn't have the right to play with peoples lives because this is the issue that he wants to make a point with. He is a lame duck Senator that just wants to get a little more attention before he leaves office.

    March 2, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. karen

    Seems to me the only way anything will get done in your government is for the taxpayers to quit paying for all their wages medical & all the other perks they get you'd then see who was in it for themselves or the good of the American people.

    March 2, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Fed Up

    Is he holding out for bribe money like the guy from Nebraska, or the woman from Louisiana?

    March 2, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Mayor Bob Walters

    Amazing how Senator Bunning and others suport unlimited spending on wars, bailing out Wall Street and can oppose helping those who have lost their Jobs in this recession.

    March 2, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This is an inhumane act and a total disgrace for Bunning to block and deny the American people. Bunning will retire at the end of the year and he and his family will not suffer while American taxpayers continue to support he and his families lifestyle.

    March 2, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Michelle

    I guess Senator Bunning thinks there are no unemployed, hurting people in his state, unable to find jobs. Or if there are, the benefits are hurting them, by encouraging them to accept "handouts" instead of looking for work. I'm sure that the unemployment insurance is enabling them to have such a high standard of living that they will never want to hold a job again. Everyone knows how much fun it is to take that generous government money and do nothing all day. Look at the tea baggers and their pensions...they have time to hold rallies and racist signs while the rest of us work to support their Medicaid benefits.

    Republicans are getting more amazingly stupid every day.

    March 2, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Dave

    doing what repubs do best, screwing the common man (unemployment benifits) and halting the goverment (DOT). Go get 'em repubs, if you keep this up, the general public will see you for who you are, the reason why the congress has done nothing.

    March 2, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Ex Republican

    This senator is a traitor.
    Republicans hurt:
    Our People...
    Our Families....
    Our COUNTRY!

    March 2, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Splat!~

    Sen. Bunning is guaranteed a congressional pension and lifelong insurance benefits. Unless you have a way to pay for these Senator, do as you say and deny them to yourself and fellow congressmen~!

    March 2, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. abe

    It's not just 'answering questions', CNN. This will impact over 1.2 million families this week. Get the story right.

    March 2, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Republicans for Obama

    The defiant Jim Bunning has no problem cutting benefits to millions of unemployed, but won't face the American people to explain himself. Coward!

    March 2, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. j

    Bunning should resign or be recalled by the state. His actions are unconscionable.

    March 2, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Laverne

    Of course he declined. What in can he say that would be logical? This man is out of this mind and should be careful playing around with people livlihood.

    March 2, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Joe

    This guy is a disgrace to the Senate and to his state. I hope the voters in Kentucky are taking note of his childish behavior. This is what you get, folks, when you elect a burned out old jock to high office.

    March 2, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Howard Lerner

    Our country does not need an earth quake to have a natural disaster – we have one in the Senate – Jim Bunning. Your interview with Linda Calvin of Kentucky was wonderful. Her poise, her directness, and her courage would make her an incredible replacement for Jim Bunning. She has my vote and I would actively campaign for her. If there are ways I can help her out, please let me know.
    Best wishes,
    Howard Lerner

    March 2, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. P?????? Off

    Congress is broken, where else can you serve one term in Congress and then get retirement for the remainder of their life paid by the American people.

    Along with that their retirement is secure because it is paid by the American people instead of trying to accumulate their retirement with IRA's (which can fluctuate with the economy or bad investments from their brokerage firms). Each Congress person makes $174,000 a year.

    Think if they had term limits, we would save billions of dollars each and every year just in its self in retirement payments. Think if their investments hit the tank just like every other American citizen because of bad money management by brokerage firms. They would be suffering and sympathetic to the rest of the American people.

    I believe if they served 30 years in Congress they should be eligible for a retirement package (IRA's and other investment tools) and not money directly paid from the taxpayers.

    We need term limits, campaign reform (so poor and middle income people can be congressman) and take the retirement away from every congress person that doesn't have 30 years of service.

    Make them invest in their retirement instead of living off the American people. They are leeches sucking this country dry.

    But they complain about extending Unemployment claims thinking that the unemployed is leeching off of the system. What a vain group of entitled people they are.

    Congress is broken and these political morons voted in the rules they play by.

    What a shame for our democracy.

    March 2, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Kevin in Ohio

    If people would LISTEN, he is answering them quite well on the floor. He is FOR extension of Unemployment Benefits. He is simply calling the liberals' bluff.... lets PAY for this extension, using the "Pay-Go" they just passed.

    If anything, he is making a poignant point...the democrats talk about saving money, but their actions speak just the opposite. Harry Reid needs to sit down and put his money where his mouth is.

    March 2, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Jan

    Good for Dana Bash!

    The GOP voted for two HUGE tax cuts for the wealthy (which also raided Bill Clinton's SS "lock box")!!
    And the GOP voted for two wars via "emergency spending"!!!

    And now all the sudden, they are not compassionate and they are conservative????

    The hypocrisy is enough to make us GAG.

    March 2, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. CindyTea

    Don't kid yourselves folks, this is all within the GOP's master plan for us.
    The Republicans asked Bunning to take-on this project of denial since he's retiring after this term. They are loving every minute they can create choes and failure. Republicans at their best!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Jake from California

    Let them eat cake??

    March 2, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. vegage

    This type of behavior, I've noticed is very common within republicans, wheh they have no possible explanation they turn explosive and violent. But that reveals the truth about them.

    March 2, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Kentucky, send a message to your senators.

    Both he and Mitch McConnell are the worst career senators ever.

    Kentucky is a state with a lot of rich people (think horses), but yet the poverty rate is high and education puts Kentucky amongst the worst ranked states. People in rural KY and Appalachia there don't have health care/ all. The quality of life there is bad.

    He and Mitch McConnell have been in Washington politics for decades representing KY, but they have NEVER done anything for them. It's time to THROW THESE SENATORS OUT!!

    March 2, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Gee, I wonder why he didn't insist the Iraq war be paid for vs. tacked onto the national credit card? But help for working Americans suffering fron a GOP-induced Great Recession and suddenly he "cares" about deficit spending? Republicans are the party of, by and for the already wealthy and powerful vs. the vast bulk of our citizenry, and this cynical cold soul epitomizes that.

    March 2, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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