Connecticut governor questions GOP's patriotism
July 13th, 2012
12:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Connecticut governor questions GOP's patriotism

Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) - Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat, questioned the patriotism of Republicans on Friday, saying their sole mission is to defeat President Barack Obama instead of passing meaningful legislation.

"To be a Republican today, you have to deny reality and embrace a message that has no other purpose than to elect their candidate as President of the United States," Malloy said at a press conference with other Democratic governors in Williamsburg, the site of the National Governors Association annual meeting.

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As proof, Malloy cited the GOP's inability to develop a coherent alternative to the president's health care reform law.

"They know what they're against, but they can't tell you what they're for," he said.

Malloy called the situation "surreal."

"In other times taking those positions would be described as unpatriotic, but our politics have become so distorted that to be against a jobs bill is a good thing, and to be against health reform is a good thing," he said.

Filed under: 2012 • Connecticut • Dan Malloy • Republicans • Virginia
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    In reality both sides need to stop towing the party line.

    Conservatives and liberals both have good ideas that could benefit the country as a whole, it's not an all or nothing thing. Economy is important, healthcare is important, fair taxing policies...

    It's all pretty ridiculous by this point.

    July 13, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. animal48

    the GOP – public enemy no. 1

    Obama 2012!

    July 13, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    This started with Mc Cain and Palin
    No it didn't.
    This cancer has been festering for many years.
    Look at what our previous President got away with: lying us into war, keeping the cost of TWO WARS conveniently off the books (how the hell?!), VP profitting from said wars, and nobody saying a g-darn word against these and other unpatriotic, illegal, and purely selfish acts.

    July 13, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |


    Obama is patriotic? He is telling ICE to not enforce immigration laws!!!
    The President has deported more illegal immigrants home than any other President in history. Do your research before you blabber off about something you know nothing about. There are more border patrol agents. There are actually surveillance drones being used along the border. Get off the Fixed News channel.

    July 13, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Enough is Enough

    "deny reality" like Obama is doing with the national debt of 15 tillion, that will destroy this country.

    July 13, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. scott

    Republicans are very patriotic, they are trying to save this country from our socialist President who idolizes Hugo Chavez. He is destroying this country along with his gang of Democrats.

    July 13, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. clownshoes

    Another liberal hacks opinion

    July 13, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Yes, who did all of Mitt Romney's five sons avoid any volintary military service ?

    July 13, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. curious

    The problem is that today's republican party is the baby boomer's last stand. They can not let go of the past. The future wins everytime.

    July 13, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Aaron

    That is why I continue to vote democrat. I would love to hear the other side but there is no other side. Republicans have no policy but repeal repeal repeal... we get it that you don't like the legislation but what is the alternative???? I want to hear actual plans and not about Obama's birth certificate, Kenyan politics, or credentials. Republicans love to say do the exact opposite. So instead of healthcare reform have no healthcare reform... what?!?

    July 13, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. freddie nerk

    GOP are traitors. They want the economy to collapse and civil war to erupt so Mittens can win. They are evil and anti-American. I trust the Chinese more than the GOP.

    July 13, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. v_mag

    As much as I agree with the governor, this is not news. Everybody knows this. He is stating the obvious, although the R's have blinders on, their fingers in their ears, and they're blabbering "Na-na-na-na-na!" Why would we want a country run by people who deny the obvious?

    July 13, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Name ron hymoff

    I agree 100%i

    July 13, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. tellin it like it is

    wow... now the leftist democrats think holding a presidential election is unpatriotic? sounds likethey want to install obama as dear leader for life just like they do in north korea. is this looney tune for real? sure sounds like the democrats are reading the polls and getting desperate. well, they said this was going to be the dirtiest campaign in history and obama and the democrats aren't disappointing.

    July 13, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. HarveyY

    Governor Malloy is on the money. The Republicans are preoccupied with regaining power to finish doing what W started. They were never interested in fixing the economy. Their blackmail with the debt ceiling debate is one of many indications. Any American who intentionally harms the nation is guilty of treason.

    July 13, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Obama is patriotic? He is telling ICE to not enforce immigration laws!!!"

    He's deported more illegals every year of his presidency than any POTUS before him...setting a new record every year. He has more troops on the border and more technology on the border than has ever been there in our country's history. Illegal immigration is now measurably at NET ZERO annually under Obama. Sooooo, you can keep up with the "omg, illegals!!!!" crap if you want, but it just makes you sound stupid.

    We understand...we sympathize...we really poor thing....the world is changing around you and it makes you very uncomfortable...but just because you see more brown people around than you ever saw before, and just because a black man was elected POTUS by an overwhelming majority of the rapidly growing minority population, doesn't mean that every one of them you see on the street (at which point you no doubt cross to the other side) is an illegal and committing voter fraud and sucking our taxes dry buying Cadillacs and Air Jordans with welfare money.

    July 13, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. TAK

    I thought it was just me believing that for the last ten years or so the Republicans have been blatantly putting party above country. They exhibit the most outrageous form of hypocrisy when they wear those little flag pins that makes them think they are more patriotic than those who don't wear them. Then you have guys like Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) who is attacking his Democratic opponent for talking about her military service. (Of course Joe had better things to do than serve his country in the military.)

    July 13, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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