Dem likens working with GOP on taxes to negotiating with 'terrorists'
December 3rd, 2010
07:34 PM ET
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Dem likens working with GOP on taxes to negotiating with 'terrorists'

(CNN) - Sen. Robert Menendez said Friday that if the Democratic-controlled Senate agrees to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts it could be akin to acceding to terrorist demands. Republicans immediately blasted the New Jersey Democrat for his comparison.

Menendez asked at a news conference, "Does the majority not only have a responsibility to get something done but to get something done that makes sense for the country?"

"Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse to the ultimate results? It's almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists?"

In a statement titled, "Menendez Compares GOP to Terrorists," the office of House Republican Whip Eric Cantor responded, " Um…No Senator, it is not. Not at all."

An aide to Menendez said the senator was talking about how the negotiations are proceeding, not about the Republicans personally.

"It's not surprising that some are eager to take a comment out of context in order to change the subject from the Republican millionaires-first plan," said spokesman Afshin Mohamadi. "The critical point for middle class Americans remains that Republicans have chosen to jeopardize tax cuts for every middle class family in order to guarantee an average tax cut of $104,000 for each millionaire."

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soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Precious

    What a shame! Politicians all seeking the spotlight and power. We all should look within and asks ourselves "did any of these politicians did anything to make my life better today"? If, so, when and how?

    December 3, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The headline "Dem likens working with GOP on taxes to negotiating with 'terrorists'" shows CNN did not take the time to study the issue.
    Clearly the GOP leaders behave like terrorists when they say we let the country go down the drain unless you give us our tax cuts. Blocking all activity in Congress means exactly that: It would hurt millions of people.
    Not giving in to this blackmail out of principal is similar to not negotiating with terrorists.

    The Democrats are clearly willing to work with the GOP on taxes. They have proposed several compromises. But they refuse to give in to blackmail.

    December 3, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. Indie Woman in Denver

    Sorry, Mr Cantor, but Mr Menendez's statement sums it up pretty well from where I'm sitting. Anytime the minority party can hold up all pieces of legislation because they're not getting their way, well, how else can you describe it? A chold having a very lloonnnggg tantrum? Y'all need to start listening to what's REALLY going on in the country to REAL people, and not just those inside your circle.

    December 3, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. todd

    Just like Obama told me,"get to the back of the bus", paybacks are a tough thing to deal with arent they!

    December 3, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  5. mlc in CA

    I find it insulting that the Republican leadership assumes such arrogance as to refuse to do the country's business unless they get their way. Who do they really think they represent? What about the rank and file middle class majority who pay the majority of the taxes that buy their suits and haircuts? I have zero in the Republican Party right now- I see this party as the party of the old, white, uptight, and secretly, if not openly, racist. I'm white, by the way. If Obama were all white, and not half, I seriously doubt if they would be so rude and obstructionist. I really really don't respect these people.

    December 3, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. cleareye1

    In a way they may be worse than the terrorists. They are harming far more Americans than any group of terrorists, including 9/11. We can't add up the losses as easily as 9/11 but they are very much there and they are huge!

    December 3, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. Mickey, NY

    Spoken like a true American Patriot!

    Menendez for President in 2024! (after Obama's reelection, and Hillary's two-term stint)

    December 3, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Tony T

    Being from NJ, Menendez is an embarrassment. He will be next to be kicked to the curb. What a lunatic.

    December 3, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Indiana Voter

    This is one of the reasons that so many Democrats were voted out. They go into meltdown mode when the vote doesn't go their way.

    December 3, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. kyle

    Yes, they are the American Taliban!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 3, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Clark1b

    I am not a millionaire ... and I am tired of the democrats stealing my hard earned money to give to people with no strings attached.

    December 3, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. Lynn

    Please Mr President do not cave into the Republicans demands. I saw the clip of Alan Grayson on the floor clearly explaining why they want the tax cuts extended. Its true the talking heads at Fox are only concerned about themselves. Hold your ground and do not cave. They only want to see you fail and will never work with you on anything. Hooah!

    December 3, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. BilltheCat005

    What a tool! No, the GOP is not like terrorists. The GOP does not strap bombs on inncent children and remote detonate them to kill other innocent people. What an insensitive jerk! Not only is this comparison insulting to the GOP, it is insulting to those who have lost their lives to real terrorists.

    December 3, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. Tam

    If it's the truth, it is!

    December 3, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  15. Unbelievable

    A little bit over the top with the rhetoric, eh Senator. It's fine to disagree but "terrorists"? Next thing you know you will be spouting, "the sky is falling".

    December 3, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  16. John

    Dealing with Republicans is like dealing with terrorists Sounds about right to me!

    December 3, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Willa-PA

    Republicans are the scum of the earth...

    December 3, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Frank

    The comment was spot on. Of course the GOP leadership is behaving like threatening terrorists, at the expense and without regard for, the American people they are supposed to work for!

    December 3, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Kevin

    Don't forget racist. All the cliches are on the table, don't hold back.

    December 3, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. Matt in ID

    If the Republicans in Congress continue to act like a bunch of 5 year-olds, I think the comparison is a fair one. The day after they say they want to work together, the Republicans change their minds and hold Congress hostage till they get their way. So if they really care about the American people, how bout going ahead and voting to extend tax cuts for the low and middle class? If they want to reassure Americans before the holidays like they say, do it. Their hypocrisy is stunning! As they've made clear, they care more about money than about people, especially if they're poor.

    December 3, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  21. Patrick from Minnesota

    Terrorism is a little harsh. I think a more appropriate name would be extortion, which is essentially terrorism.

    December 3, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. Misha L. Carmichael

    Bravo. Gangsters are gangsters. Call 'em like ya' see 'em.

    December 3, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  23. Greater Good

    How can one disagree? The GOP tactics resemble extortion. The hypocrisy is that the Republican/Tea Party candidates are against anything that will help the less fortunate if it adds a penny to the defiicit, but they'll throw the entire nation under the bus if they don't get the tax breaks for their wealthy pals, even as it adds $750,000,000 to the deficit.

    What would these so-called 'patriots' say if North Korea was blackmailing us to the same tune of $3/4 billion?

    In Mr. Boehner's words: "Hell no!!!"

    December 3, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  24. ThePlagueMan

    Menendez asked at a news conference, "Does the majority not only have a responsibility to get something done but to get something done that makes sense for the country?"
    AMEN! Menendez has got it figured out. He's right, we do need to stop giving tax breaks and be fiscally responsible, including making the wealthy pay their dues. It's time that their control of government gets reined in. It's not healthy for 2% of the nation to own over 90% of the wealth.

    December 3, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  25. ficheye

    Well, at least ONE of the democrats can speak his mind. The GOP and The Tea Party are acting like terrorists... nobody did anything but vote Obama into office, now they are mad at democracy because it didn't tell them what they wanted to hear. But we can't help these folks... that would be SOCIALISM..... nothing for free, remember? You have to earn it.

    December 3, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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