July 26th, 2010
03:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama blasts GOP opposition to campaign finance bill

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday criticized Republican opposition to a Senate campaign finance bill, calling it partisan gamesmanship that threatens to give special interests undue influence on U.S. elections.

"You'd think that reducing corporate and even foreign influence over our elections would not be a partisan issue," Obama told reporters in a White House appearance that was scheduled earlier in the day.

The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote Tuesday on whether to end debate on the bill, and Democrats fear a unified Republican filibuster will prevent the measure from moving to a final vote.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Republicans love that SCOTUS decision. They are all for big business having their manchurian candidate in Washington.

    July 26, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    Obama's a clown who couldn't lead his party down a one way street.

    July 26, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Dano

    You would think that, Mr. President, but the GOP is all about selling our government out to the highest bidder, as long as they get the payout of course. IMO exercising your free speech is voting for the candidate of your choice, but when you start giving money to a politician or political party in the hopes that they'll vote the way you want, it becomes bribery.

    July 26, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Augsbee

    You would think that having more Democrats than Republicans would have made a difference but it didn't. I have never seen an administration having more problems getting anything accomplished and always blaming the other side than this administration when there are more Democrats than Republicans. What is the problem??

    July 26, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Carrotroot

    The recent Supreme court ruling benefits Republicans, so why would they want to even the playing field by preventing cooperate money from filling their coffers?

    July 26, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Eric

    "President Barack Obama on Monday criticized Republican opposition to a Senate campaign finance bill, calling it partisan gamesmanship that threatens to give special interests undue influence on U.S. elections."

    Oh, you mean like what unions do, right?

    July 26, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Go USA!

    Go POTUS!! You rock!

    July 26, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Let me see, first of all let me bet that the Chamber of Commerce will come out and say that it is an assault on "free speech". That otta scare the hell out of the rednecks, when what they are really saying it is an assault on their "pocket books". Let elect people who are beholden to special interests and big business so they can continue to use their "paid for speech" to tell us what to do and how far to bend over so they can stick it to us. You think you have to be dumb and poor to take a screwing, how are you feeling "middle class"? You like paying for corporate welfare?

    July 26, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. marcia

    Give him his way,GOP,or he's going to have a little hissy fit!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. u2canfail

    But that is exactly the GOP plan, to let special interests run this country.

    July 26, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Blake

    Give me a break. Is Obama going to ever do anything constructive to actually help the country. He is not Presidential and is incompetent at every turn. We are the laughing stock of the world for electing such a lighweight to the office of President.

    July 26, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. jim

    Not much to believe from a man that took so much money from B.P. while in the Senate and during his campaign for president.He also took a bunch of campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs.A lot of his people in his administration are from G.S.s These individuals were instrumental in the financial bailout of Wall Street.Now, Obama is trying to portray himself as a friend of main street when nothing is farther from the truth.Please, America don't buy anything from this snake oil salesman

    July 26, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. Oregon Calling

    I am so tired of this FEAR of a FILIBUSTER. Make them do it!!!! It's about damn time that thewy showed us who is really FOR THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Peace 🙂

    July 26, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Dale

    Obama is a "one trick pony". No matter what the issue it's always the Republicans or big business or Wall St that's blocking his glorious solution to the problem. Maybe Obama ought to step back and consider that there might be other answers than his which to enlarge government and the deficit. I guess you can still "fool some of the people all of the time."

    July 26, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Keith in Austin

    Hold your ground GOP!

    July 26, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    Not surprised that the GOP opposes campaign reform...not after activist conservative justices on the US Supreme Court allowed corporations to buy elections for the GOP.

    July 26, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Larry

    The corrupt republican party has been against any kind of reform–health care reform, financial reform, campaign finance reform–any kind of reform that will take this country back to an air of decency.

    Good to see the President exposing them on television, and I can't wait for November to get here.

    July 26, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I watch Glenn Beck throw a girly fit and encouraged people to go to the streets and riot in opposition to the financial reform bill. He thinks his followers enjoy being raped by the same financial industry that almost ruined the country.

    I think it is time for normal people to take to the streets, but instead, show Fox and the Beckerhead that their efforts to "shag" America is over. Dr. Evil Murdoch, Mini Me Beck and Fat Bastard Hannity have destroyed us enough, already.

    July 26, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    And the upcoming press conference will feature Boehner, Cantor and McConnell each speaking from under a CEO's desk while their mouths are full.

    July 26, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Orlando Patriot

    GOP opposition is not political posturing but rather the GOP realizes that we have one PRIMARY problem right now and that is a stale economy with an increasing unemployment rate. The LAST thing you want to do is to add MORE uncertainty on business right now. When you add uncertainty businesses decide to WAIT until they have a better understanding of not only the economy but the costs of doing business. When you add ANY additional regulation (especially regulation that we are not ALLOWED to READ until it is passed!!) then it will take some time for businesses to figure out what is in it and how it will affect them. Therefore they wait until they find out more.

    In summary, the GOP is smart enough to realize that ANY additional regulation in time of an economic slowdown with negatively affect the immediate business climate. End result is the GOP KNOWS this regulation HURTS the economy and we are seeing the effects of this regulation (and health care, and stimulus, and talk of bush tax cuts repealed, and....and....). So why would an Obama administration, and the Democrat Party, support this? INCOMPETENCE!! PLAIN OLD INCOMPETENCE!!

    July 26, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Wanda Cofield

    I believe President Obama has accomplished a great deal more in these past few months than Most presidents because he had to. The GOP has turned into Confederated bunch, selfish and wishing for the horrible past to return of oppression for any minority, priveledge for any white person, its shameful. I will never vote Republican again!

    July 26, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Dale

    But "as soon" as the shoe is on the other "liberal" foot they'll want to change the law again. Liberal politics as usual. This is sickening

    July 26, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Dar

    Awwwww is little Barry getting scared that someone is coming to the table that is going to replace you next election???
    Trying to fix that before it happens little guy, are you?

    This is all politics and nothing more, this has nothing to do about me and you it's all about protecting little Barry's behind nothing more nothing less.

    July 26, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Tinkers Dam

    77,051......Number of dollars Obama received from BP.......and he wants to talk about corporate influence.

    July 26, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Ron

    The GOP might not support this bill??? This is news....NOT! These guys wouldn't vote against their "extra income"!. The "party of no" has become the party of "do nothing for the American people"! These guys are pitiful and a poor excuse for human beings. They have no heart, no morals and no loyalty to this country. Since leaving the white house they not only left the country in financial ruin but it is their intent now to do their best to divide the nation with their loose dealing with the truth and inability to take responsibility for their part in the difficulties we now face. They are scum!

    July 26, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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