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. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    Anyone who defends Bunning is identifying him/herself as one of the brainwashed 25% of the population who believes that

    -Sarah Palin is qualified to be president
    -Global warming is a hoax
    -The health care debate should be restarted from scratch

    These are also the people who approved of George W. Bush's job performance until the bitter, catastrophic end. These are people who have repeatedly and consistently been wrong on a number of issues, so don't waste your time on their FOX/GOP talking points.

    March 2, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. joel palmer

    Bunning is crazy and truly creepy; it is a good thing he is leaving; hope we don't get another gop asshat to take his place

    March 2, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. KC

    Bunning is a US Senator, a public servant! He must to speak to the public and tell us exactly why he is the only senator who is blocking extension of unemployment benefits, which is the lifeline for millions of people right now. It is also affecting Medicare and jobs progrmas for millions of other people. The economy will tank even further if all of these people get kicked off the rolls right now! But then again he is a Republican and he wants Pres Obama to fail so if the economy fails because of his selfishness, then he can turn around and blame it on the Obama administration! The jerk! There has to be a way to get around this guy....

    March 2, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Cyrus

    So, Senator Bunning who sits on the sub-committee on Financial Institutions, health care and a bunch of others didn't mind handing out billions to his corporate cronies, but has a problem with extending unemployment benefits to millions? So much for compassionate conservatism!!

    I am an unemployed New Yorker with a one year old, desperately looking for work. Three weeks before my son was born, my employer laid me off, along with a bunch of others, because they realized it's more expensive to keep paying paternity leave. They canceled my pregnant wife's coverage, and my insurance. 5 months later, I was diagnosed with preliminary stage of cancer, and luckily, I survived.

    My unemployment runs out in two weeks, and unless it's extended, we will be homeless with a young child. Ironically, as a New Yorker, we pay more in taxes than his lousy little state that is Kentucky, and my life and the lives of my family depend on this guy who is toying with the fate of millions. It's a sad realization, but we are helpless at this point.

    March 2, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Mike W

    The key to this situation is that Bunning is a retiring senator, which means he is not worried about re-election. When your not worried about re-election you essentially do not care what the people who vote think. This means that Bunning does not care about the peoples will.

    While there are people who unfairly take advantage of unemployment there are far more people who don't want to be on unemployment but need it to scrape by. I myself have worked in same company for 10 years and my company folded, now I need the unemployment insurance that my taxes have paid for until I can find a new job.

    Bunning is not serving the peoples will, what he is doing is amputating a leg that has an infection that medicine can heal in time. Without that leg to stand on we as a country are sure to fall down again.

    March 2, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Mike in MN

    Bunning has made it clear he wants to Democrats to do what they said they would and pay for all new spending. What more does he have to say. Go ask the Demorats why they are not serious about the pay as you go rules. Ask the Democrats why they refuse to pay for this new spending.

    March 2, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Yas

    This is typical...OUR employees (Congress) not having a CLUE as to what we the people have to live through...

    WHY??? because we pay them to much in salary, expenses, health insurance & retirement benefits. They get paid no matter what...they get raises by not even voting for them (not voting on raises is same as a yes vote, they get the increase anyway).

    Well Senator, if we can't afford to pay unemployment benefits to our citizens deseparately looking for jobs than we CAN"T afford to pay your salary or benefits either!!

    WE NEED TO DEMAND that they live by the same rules as us.

    March 2, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Dano

    Hmmmmm how odd. One would think that if a person was doing something as noble as Sen. Bunning seems to think his action is that he would be eager to tell the world all about it, right?

    March 2, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. SocialismBad

    I guess these CNN reporters are idiots! If they did their job and listened to Bunning on the floor, they would know that he is objecting to the LACK OF FUNDING for the bills. The Democrats wanted to PAY AS YOU GO so Bunning is holding their feet to the fire! FIND THE MONEY FIRST, THEN SPEND IT DEMOCRATS!!!

    Way to go Bunning!!! I wish EVERY Senator did this!! Stick to your guns!!!

    March 2, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Dave

    Bunning is a pathetic, gutless scumbag. Not only that, he's living proof that the GOP has become a far-right party full of dumb rednecks who couldn't care less about those who actually work for a living. As long as you people embrace idiots like Bunning, you might as well get used being in the minority.

    March 2, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Jon Polucci

    It was the Republican free trade policy that put so many of us out of work, now the very same Republicans want to block an extension. So many people lost their health insurance due to losing jobs abraod. The Republican solution: Make it more difficult to file for bankruptcy – especially when they know the number one reason to file for bankruptcy are personal medical bills.

    March 2, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Mike Cooper

    I can't blame Bunning for this train wreck. His actions are self-destructive; he will ultimately self-destruct. There are and always will be unredeemable flakes of all political stripes. They cannot be predicted or prevented.

    In times like this you need to focus your ire on what empowers them. How could a single senator no matter how rational or irrational they may be, come to wield such unilateral control over the fortunes of thousands during a time of economic crisis?

    The answer is clear. Archaic senate rules established by and for senators give Bunning the power. That power remains unconstrained because a gutless, self-serving Republican party refuses to criticize one of its own in public.

    I would also have to add the ultimate enabler of this sick spectacle: the American electorate that aggressively criticizes (whines about) government dysfunction while failing to examine the issues closely and lend credit and discredit where it is due.

    March 2, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Nosey Canadians should mind their own business

    Bunning misses the good old days and a good bench clearing and meeting at the mound.Lets have a good bench clearing in Congress.

    March 2, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. gary

    yet another shining example of the rich and privileged few i.e. politicians being completely out of touch with the commoners. anyone of modest means i.e. blue collar workers would have no problem whatsoever identifying with how devastating this is for someone laid-off relying on unemployment benefits after being laid off

    March 2, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Todd

    What a bum this guy is. He ought to be run out of the Senate on a rail and forced to look for a real job.

    March 2, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Marilyn

    The welfare has got to stop sometime and somewhere. Otherwise we are looking at national bankruptcy. At least there is one congressman who is willing to apply some brakes to this run-away spending.

    March 2, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Dawn W.

    I think Senator Bunning needs to take a step back and rethink his decision. Does he not care that without unemployment benefits, that many people will have no where to turn? Senator Bunning needs to put himself in this position. If he or any of his family members were receiving unemployment benefits I think he would have a different view on this. He said his decision is to help cut the budget. They could cut his wages and the other's wages instead of taking away the only income some people have. At least he would still have an income.

    March 2, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Joe

    Just further proof the Republicans don't give a you-know-what about folks who are jobless. "Let them eat cake." is their motto.

    March 2, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Angus McDugan

    I agree with Bunning on this topic, but he should answer the questions.

    March 2, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Jilli

    Pathetic. Bunning is the worst type of hypocrit – he had no objections to spending during 2000-2008 , but NOW he has issues – when dealing with unemployment benefits during the worst economic situation since the depression? He had an epiphany? Pathetic.

    Why aren't the other republicans strong-arming him? They're just as guilty as he is. Let's hear another round of hooey about how republicans are concerned about the American people, huh? They sure have a funny way of showing it.

    Absolutely pathetic.

    March 2, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Mot

    Sen Bunning's recent 2 actions illustrate how broken the Senate is. He single-handedly held up passage of the bill to undue the inordinate cuts in Medicare fees just before they were to go into effect on 3/1-thus introducing chaos, uncertainty and additional expense until it eventually gets fixed. He has also done the same regarding the unemployment benefits for the jobless. What is his real agenda? Is he holding the Senate hostage for some concessions for Kentucky?

    March 2, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. BeverlyNC

    So are the American People finally waking up to the who the Republican really is and who they support???

    It's not the People or working families. How many times have they proven that this year already. 187 filibuster moves this year alone ALL on legislation to help working Americans. Were against the Recovery Act but now that it is so successful they are trying to take credit for the projects in their states!

    Republicans used Reconcialition 6 times under President Bush for tax cuts for the WEALTHY (which cost more than the whole healthcare package and was NOT paid for and increased the deficit by over $1 Trillion dollars – one bill for the benefit of the wealthy.

    Yet they refuse ANY compromise on healthcare reform the working families are in desperate need of to survive – and it DECREASES the deficit.

    Now ONE Republican is blocking unemployment checks to working families and credit to small businesses both waiting on this money to survive. How more inhumane and immoral can these hypocritical Republicans be?

    Senator Bunning a TRAITOR to working Americans and small business people who are the backbone of our capitalist society and free markets Republicans are always screaming we must have.

    How much does it take for America to finally see that Republicans are AGAINST the People and only do work for their wealthy white elitist buddies, support banks and their bailout and do not want to them regulated again, and support the insurance companies who kill Americans for profit. Republicans are against stopping insurance company abuses of the People.

    You want these self-serving lying hypocrites given more power to betray YOU? Look at their ACTIONS and quit listening to their propaganda words.

    Bunning is a foul-mouthed liar who never met a Reconcilation process he didn't like when Republicans controlled Congress. He is letting American families go hungry while he is fat and happy with his government-run healthcare, fat salary, and guaranteed pension. He could care less what happens to us nothings beneath his class! It's criminal!


    March 2, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Mike

    Once Again, a NO from the PARTY of NO and the Millions of Unemployed will suffer.......but this Idiots Job is secure.........I wish it was some way to sue Idiots like these........when we pay taxes for their jobs and they sit in congress as though they are a Demigod on a Throne..........WAY TO GO GOP YOU REALLY ARE SHOWING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHY CONGRESS IS BROKEN.

    March 2, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. George

    Maybe he should be unemployed

    March 2, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Colorado Guy

    Is Bunning quite sane? Or is he covering something up?

    Keep on this disturbed man, CNN; something is profoundly wrong here.

    March 2, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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