Obama attacks Senate Republicans in speech to Latinos
October 12th, 2011
01:22 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama attacks Senate Republicans in speech to Latinos

Washington (CNN) - With his $447 billion jobs bill stalled in the Senate , President Obama on Wednesday previewed several of the attack lines he will level in the coming weeks against Senate Republicans who put the brakes on the legislation from moving forward.

“Last night even though a majority of senators voted in favor of the American Jobs Act, a Republican minority got together and blocked this jobs bill from passing the Senate,” Obama told Latino community leaders at an event in Washington. “They said no to more jobs for teachers. No to more jobs for cops and firefighters. No to more jobs construction workers and veterans. No to tax cuts for small business owners and middle class Americans.”


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  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    The President needs to keep hammering this message to the people all the way up to Election Day. With all of the TEApublican obstruction Mr. President, your campaign strategy should be to run against a do nothing Congress. This is by far the worst Congress EVER, and the poll numbers prove it. 14% approval of Congress. The lowest in American history. The TEApublican presidential candidates are lock step with their obstructionists buddies in Congress.

    October 12, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. CA Dream USA

    Give Em Hell Barry

    October 12, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. PA_outof work

    And the Republicans can attack Obama and the Democrats in Congress on:
    FAILURE on the economy, unemployment increase of 50 % since 2007
    FAILURE on taxes, his jobs plan that, if passed, would add one and half trillion dollars in new tax revenue.
    FAILURE on home foreclosure, home foreclosures rise by 75 percent since 2007
    FAILURE on a budget, no budget since 2008
    FAILURE on health care, you won’t be able to keep your health care plan, Obamacare strips $500 Billion from Medicare, ObamaCare will add more than $500 billion to the deficit during the first ten years, and nearly $1.5 trillion in the following decade.
    FAILURE on price of gasoline, increase of 50 % since 2008
    FAILURE – Home sales, sales have fallen in four of the past five years, the worst showing in 13 years
    FAILURE – Down Grade of Americas Credit Rating for the first time
    FAILURE – Poverty in America Hits 52-year High as Economy Worsens
    44 Million Americans On Food Stamps, increase of 74 percent since 2007
    FAILURE, since Obama, Debt Increased By $35,835 Per Household.

    The American people can only yearn for the policies of the past that worked and created jobs.

    October 12, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. duckbutter

    and what about the democrat senators...looks like 6 of them didnt like this bogus bill either

    October 12, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. WiredweirdinSF

    Of course he attacks. He is a union toady. They attack people that actually try to do things. Obozo is the great divider. The incompetent, inept, corrupt failure does not know how to do anything else.

    October 12, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Indy

    A out of work,
    Every single point you make has the aftertaste of the Cheney administration, and once again NO President has control of gas prices or real estate values

    October 12, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. yo

    Excuse me PA bit since you are out of work maybe you can spend a little time catching up on recent history. Bush was president in 2007, in office untill jan 2009, meltdown happened in republican presidency, the anal raping of america happened during a republican controlled cingress and senate...it still hurts down there...and while Obama said we could hold unempoyment to 8 percent through the use of the stimulus, he was wrong by 1.1 percent...which is much more forgivable a miscalculation than the lie about WMD in Iraq by the Bush administration.

    Btw, according to Herman, if you are out of work, its your fault.

    October 12, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. DRose

    Ephesians 6:16
    New International Version (NIV)
    In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

    Go OBAMA! Do not listen to racist fears of opposition. Strive forward with strength and wisdom. And bring the strut back into your stride.

    October 12, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. AL out of work...again

    Not much is said about government contractors, especially small business, that get thrown in and out of work, mostly out, because of the government economic instabilities. Although I dislike being vindictive I wonder if the federal government, especially congress and executive, would do any better if their pay and benefit increases got frozen until the problems were at least logically identified and a coherent plan in place? I don't know if what I've read has been vetted but is it true that many members of Congress made a killing when the economy went in the dumper in 2007 , that Congress continually votes themselves pay raises while in office, and that they make 4 or 5 times more money annually that the U.S. annual per capita income? How can we expect these guys to have any idea how desperate things are for regular people when they essentially have no money worries? Why does this kind of information never get any new play?

    October 12, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. S.positive

    Hit them HARD mr. president...

    October 12, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Independent Voters

    Thanks president Obama for giving them hell keep it up and we will make sure you win 2012.
    Republicans are a disaster to america and we going to vote them out of the office

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 12, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |

    Well he sure didn't lie. The GOP IS the party of No. Their killing the economy period.

    Obama 2012!!!

    October 12, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Bob

    Give 'em hell Mr. President. The Reps are undermining this country with their no's!

    October 12, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Mike Texoma

    I think it would be helpful to voters if CNN would name names – who voted for and who voted against – and continued to do so as each part of this bill comes up for a vote in the future.

    Likewise, let's actually see who favors giving social securuity to Wall Street or turning medicare into a voucher system or doin away with medicaid.

    That way, if you favor dismantling the social and governmental structure that made it possible for you to succeed, you will know precisely who to vote for. And if, on the other hand, you favor keeping the structure we have, perhaps making it work better, you will know who to vote for.

    October 12, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Lillie

    Pres. Obama is trying hard to do the right thing and the right-wing do-nothing republicans are standing in his way!!! Hang in there Mr. President......most americans are on your side.

    Let the campaign begin......

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    October 12, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. kat

    Attack!!! That's all this clown knows. Attack and divide our country, not by race but by success. What a joke. Can't wait til 2012

    October 12, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Larry L

    The Republicans have performed as political terrorists since the President took office. They have blocked every initiative, even those they themselves initially created. They used the filibuster as a tool of obstruction hoping to cause failure in America. They are a tool of the rich and care nothing for the average American.

    October 12, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Jim

    We spent a trillion dollars to boost schools, teachers and infrastructure, two years later we have to do it again and he is wondering why it is not passing? This is all campaign moves, has nothing to do with jobs, in fact this "Jobs Bill" does not create a single job for non-union workers. All the money goes to teacher unions and construction, now how many Americans unemployed are in those fields?

    We need manufacturing jobs and throwing tax dollars at the problem to support unions is not going to work.

    October 12, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    Seems to me the President didn't take these guys seriously when they said their #1 goal was to make sure he only served on term. The fact that they're willing to destroy the economy of this great country to do so should be a wake up call to all of us. But I wouldn't bet on it. The fact that several economists said the President's jobs bill would stop another recession, and the fact that Republicans have voted against it (along with some wholly owned Democrats) should have us all paying attention. It won't.

    October 12, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. steve wheeler

    i'm sick of liberals and teapartiers who before the crash were deregulators.

    October 12, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    PA_outofwork wrote:
    FAILURE on price of gasoline, increase of 50 % since 2008
    I don't have the time to debunk all of your ridiculous claims, so I will debunk this one. It is typical of how your all of your misleading claims are based upon lies or simple cherry picking of facts.

    Yes, the price of gas was under $2 per gallon on the day Obama was sworn. Yes, we say the price of gas at double that price in 2011. But no, the current price of gas has nothing to do with Obama's policies. Try the global economy.

    Over six months before Obama was sworn in we had $4.50 gasoline. A barrel of oil hit #147. The prices dropped when the global financial crisis hit. Consumption dropped and dropped, while production was slow to respond. Combine that with the fact that many oil specualators on Wall Street were either out of work, or being watched under the microscope, genuine supply and demand forces drove the price down.

    The $4 prices we say several months ago were a reflection of a recovering global economy. The administration economic policies have nothing to do with the price of gas. Global demand determines the price of a barrel of oil, and so US gasoline.

    October 12, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Jim wrote:
    We need manufacturing jobs and throwing tax dollars at the problem to support unions is not going to work.
    So, demand that the loopholes instituted during the Bush adminstration be eliminated of you think tax dollars are goint to waste. Did you know that when US corporations are assessed taxes on foreign manufacturing facilities, they can deduct those taxes *in full* off of their US obligation?

    Yup, that's right. Our US tax dollars pay the foreign tax bills of US corporations with overseas manufacturing. Now you know why the manufacturing jobs left by the millions during the Bush years and will *never* return until those loop holes are closed. But, one political party wants to keep them and is willing to commit mutually assured financial destruction to keep them. Guess which party that might be.

    October 12, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |