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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    Democrats pass the same "Middle Class Tax bill in the Senate as the House. Use "Reconciliation" 51 votes. Adjust the $250,000 to match inflation of today. Example $ 275,000 single person and $425,000 couples. All other tax cuts have to to attached to the health of our economy (debt, roads/bridges and Green jobs) if unemployment at 4.75% tax cuts kick in. If unemployment is over 4.75% for two quaters tax cut is loss. We have to reward business for good behavior, not laying off people to make a bonus.

    December 4, 2010 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  2. Frozone

    This statement couldn't be further from the truth. Terrorists care much more about their fellow countrymen than Republicans.

    December 4, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  3. Zephyr668

    I was seriously thinking this the other day haha. The GOP only cares about lining the pockets of themselves and the rich. the dont give a care for the rest of us.Tell the Repubs' we don't negotiate with terrorists!

    December 4, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  4. Marla

    You go, Sen. Menendez! Stick to your statements! They are acting like terrorists and hostage-takers.

    December 4, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  5. Anonymous

    it is not far off the mark. republicans will fight for the wealthiest americans, while disdaining the poorest among us, they do not care about the middle class, and would like to wipe us out altogether.they only care about the wealthiest, who fill their pockets.the republican party is what is wrong with this country. they are for big business, and not for the common worker.

    December 4, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  6. Ryan

    the irony here is the democrats actually do try and negotiate with terrorists and give them the benefit of the doubt in most cases. Case in point, bringing the trials to civilian courts. What a joke.

    December 4, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  7. dwayne

    American children are starving; And the republicans want to give billionaires 100,000 dollars tax cut each with huge deficit increase. How can republicans be so heartless?

    December 4, 2010 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  8. Ron

    At least there's one democrat that has some balls. It's time the democrats stood up for what they believe. Even if it means letting the tax cuts expire for everyone. It's pretty obvious that these millionaires haven't been using that tax break for the last 8 years hiring people or we wouldn't be in the situation we're in now. Come on, dems.....grow a pair.

    December 4, 2010 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  9. Tanbiker2

    Bravo for Senator Menendez. He's right on the mark. Republicans are, in fact, far worse that terrorists because they have done far more damage to America than all the terrorists who have attacked us thus far, including those on 9/11. They are the declared enemies of decent, middle class Americans.

    December 4, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  10. Danny Cali

    I strongly agree with you Senator Menendez, all the Republican is just say "NO" and "NO" their are not working for Americans.
    Please stay strong for us and we support your Democratic party all the time.

    December 4, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  11. GentleCritic

    Um....and what's wrong with what Sen Menendez said? It's the truth. The Pubs don't seem to like it when they are outed yet they seem to take plenty of liberties saying what they want about the Dems.

    December 4, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  12. dwayne

    Republicans are already cutting JOBs.

    December 4, 2010 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  13. James Savik

    Who was that whining about the lack of civility in the debate a few weeks ago?

    December 4, 2010 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  14. Susan L.

    It would be nice if more Democrats would realize this and treat the Rethuglicans accordingly.

    December 4, 2010 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  15. Glenn from Cary

    Oh, come on. It's no secret that Republican Party leaders are willing to destroy Amierica in order to further their two major agendas:
    1) Money for themselves and their corporate masters and
    2) More money for themselves and their corporate masters
    That's pretty terrifying.

    December 4, 2010 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  16. Mike in SA

    Any wonder why our elected officials can't do a damn thing? First the POTUS calls Republicans the "enemy" and now this. Screw them.

    December 4, 2010 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  17. CyndyP

    Finally, someone with brass ones stands up to the ruthless GOP! Sen. Robert Menendez, you spoke the truth, I hope the White House heard you loud and clear. God Bless you and Congressman Grayson for standing strong, it's about time we stand up to the dishonest GOP!

    December 4, 2010 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  18. Roger

    It sounds like an accurate comparison. What's the problem?

    December 4, 2010 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  19. John in Cal

    The bozzos are now in charge of this country. and yes that is both parties. who cares for the common man? who cares that many chidren and old folk don't have enough to eat every day? who cares that Americans are losing their homes they worked so hard for because of shady to outright illegel practices? We have such a lousey government that we no longer believe in it. our famous forefathers would be so ashamed of those in Washington .

    December 4, 2010 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  20. vincent

    I can see the Republican like a terrorist they both use fear tactics they both use double talk out of their mouth, where you can't believe what they say. For ex. clean air met dirty air or fix the deficit means tax break for the rich. I have yet seen a Republican who can stand up and take a hit like a man when it comes to debating intelligence ideals. They always got to coward down in to a defense position. and they both lot the women do all the fighting.

    December 4, 2010 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  21. Humanist

    When someone resorts to ad hominem to make their point or argument, they don't have one.

    December 4, 2010 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  22. A disgusted former Republican

    Sen. Menendez hit the nail on the head even if his remarks are taken out of context by Cantor. The republicans are acting like terrorists in their demand for tax cuts for millionaires. They are acting like terrorists in blocking all other legislation in the Senate until they get tax cuts for millionaires. Remember that most members of the Senate are millionaires so I guess they are acting like terrorists to get tax cuts for themselves. Republican complaints sound like "chicken crap" to me!

    December 4, 2010 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  23. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Cue the feigned outrage from the GOP... the same republicans who for every single hour of every single day for the past decade have likened democrats to Stalin, Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, or Lex Luthor. And for most of those years democrats weren't even in power! Remember Rick Santorum likening democrats to nazis because they opposed Santorum's manic obsession with outlawing private acts in the bedroom?

    December 4, 2010 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  24. Peter E

    That's okay, in the past two years (or more) we have gotten used to everyone calling anyone opposed to them Hitler. Likening someone to a 'terrorist' is sooo yesterday's simile.
    BTW, I'd encourage people to read up on Hitler and the nazis and perhaps realize that nobody in America's government even comes close to being like them.
    As for negotiating with terrorists... Hasn't that been our foreign policy for... pretty much the past hundred years? A few years ago Bush started funding and arming terrorist groups in Iraq against other terrorist groups, hoping they'd mutually annihilate each-other. Reagan sold arms to Iranian militants and channeled the money from the sales to terrorists in Nicaragua. (see Iran-Contra) And of course, Jimmy Carter initiated the policy that Reagan and Bush Sr. continued of funding the mujahadin (whom we now consider terrorists) of Afghanistan against the Soviets.

    December 4, 2010 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  25. Marry

    The GOP/TP has not worked with the Congress or the Senate since President Obama got inaugurated. It has nothing to do with what he suggests, if it is “good” or “bad”. It has only to do with the GOP/TP not having anything to offer the average American and for them to get back into power to continue to serve the 2% that is ripping the country off. It is easy to blame the Democrats and the President. Well, if the GOP/TP would put at much energy into helping the country as they do to slander the work of the President, they might even come up with something. But that is against their declared plan to make the President “fail”! What a bunch of hypocrites!

    December 4, 2010 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
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