Connecticut governor questions GOP's patriotism
July 13th, 2012
12:40 PM ET
9 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. Jack in Florida

    He hit the nail right on the head!!!! Republicans, being the racists that they are, will not stop until Barack Obama is defeated, even to the point of risking the economy and the security of this country. The Party of NO has NO plan, just to say no. They have no alternatives.....what a joke they are.

    July 13, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Dave

    Reminds me of Obama's comment about Bush and debt. Ironically, Obama increased debt so he must be even less patriotic!!!

    July 13, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. cmnsncu

    As for signing a pledge to Grover Norquist, from what I understand if they didn't follow up with a pinky swear the pledge means nothing.......and these clowns are running OUR country.

    July 13, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Dave

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

    July 13, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. cmnsncu

    We cannot trust the loudmouth, redneck selfish republicans to do anything good for this country.

    July 13, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Strategic Bob

    he's right. by which I mean he is correct. these days, to be "right" is to be wrong – on just about everything....

    July 13, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Just a Terrified American

    Its no just GOP. The Dems are in the same boat. It's like cancer, this 'sickness' that has pervaded into the political parties. Both sides are just choke full of tumors now. Either WE the regular Joes (and Janes) of America do something, or I fear our government is going to collapse and die, right before our eyes.

    July 13, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. rob

    "....saying their sole mission is to defeat President Barack Obama instead of passing meaningful legislation."

    What "meaningfull Legislation would that be Gov. Mallory?? More Fed handouts to local municipal unions to keep their jobs and benifits which are bankrupting thier towns and cities? Passing meaningless tax increases on the "Rich" which would decrease the deficit by about 3% per year all for the illusiom of "fairness"??

    If we are smart enough to elect Romney and more republicans in Nov, the real meaningfull legislation will be proposed and passed in the first 100 days.

    July 13, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. NameBill

    True patriotism and today's GOP are miles apart. Those in control of this Republican party we have today are more dangerous to our country right now than al-Queda or the Taliban. They are working to destroy our nation from within.

    July 13, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. JustAO

    He also forgot to say that " to be against compromise is a good thing" too. Let's not forget that FACT. People voted for Obama on the premise of compromise and bipartisan legislation. People voted for Tea Party and GOP for uncompromising and extreme partisanship.

    I can't wait for the debates so when Romney gets humiliated about having to answer actual questions regarding policy and message, people will see that he and his party have no solutions that help ordinary Americans.

    July 13, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Name edward mosley

    Dean, you haven't got that hatred out of your heart yet? Obama 2012

    July 13, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. rs

    Republicans don't work for Amercians anymore. They only work for the rich and for themselves.

    July 13, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Jim, San Antonio

    He is EXACTLY correct! The GOP is unpatriotic in their disresepect of the President and rooting for the economy to fail.

    July 13, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Martha in CF

    Thank you Govenor. It is about time it is said and we need more Democrats to say this.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 13, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Cort

    Agreed California Gary! How often has it been that their candidate has skirted military service only to defame those that served and sacrificed? Bush and Cheney swiftboating Kerry while they got deferrals. Rush going after the mother of an Iraq war vet KIA because she questioned the war. Their "patriotism" is the height of hypocrisy. To me, patriotism is questioning my gov't, holding it to account. it works after all for me, right? They call that being a traitor. Shame on them!

    July 13, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. SFRich

    " other purpose than to elect their candidate as President of the United States." It's the gist of what Mitch McConnell said just weeks after Obama's election, and the GOP have been obstructionist on any helpful legislation this country needs ever since. They lie, distort, and say essentially anything to get their man elected.

    The worst part of it all is that they have this empty suit as a candidate.

    July 13, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Roger

    The truth smacks you right in the face. Republicans are worthless in any solution to the destruction of our middle class.

    July 13, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Wake up people

    He's telling the truth. And any and all that signed that pledge should be fired immediately and brought up on charges of high treason. And their health insurance should be dropped that same day.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 13, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. ZedATL

    The GOP has done ONE thing in the past TWO years and that's pass the Transportation bill last week and even then it came as a shock to everyone.

    Can anyone else name anything else they've gotten done or even tried to do besides bash the Obama administration and try tor repeal Obamacare 33 times?

    Because of Obamacare, I just got a new health plan that actually covers Doctor's visits and preventative care, lowers the out of pocket cost of an Ambulance ride and ER treatment to a reasonable amount, and the premium is $200 cheaper. And the GOP wants to repeal that!? They must be out of their minds...

    July 13, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. Steve, New York City

    I do not agree that all Republicans act like this (there are still some Olympia Snowe's and Jeb Bush's out there). . .but the Connecticut Governor is correct (as many in the GOP do behave like this).

    Ok to oppose someone (and/or that person's policies) – NOT OK to demonize them, or to turn a blind eye to racist innuendo that says "he's not one of us" – and I fear that the Southern Talk Radio crowd has hijacked the party.

    Romney's biggest problem is that he spends 99% of his time, discussing how much he hates Obama and nothing else. Maybe he doesn't understand that we don't want a return of Bush #43!

    July 13, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. chris

    I find it interesting that the Democrat led Senate refuses to go on record with any of the bills sent to them by the house, yet this knucklehead tries to blame the Republicans.

    July 13, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Timmy Suckle

    I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $500,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easy to be fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $106,800 level. Now I only pay 1.3% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    July 13, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. blahahahaaaa

    I would like to put the blame on the republicans too.. it would make me sleep better.. but the fact is, both parties are being unpatriotic. (Yes, I am still a proud liberal, but I am an american first) Boehner is showing his desire to stay in control, and having to fight off Cantor everyday means he has to be more extreme and more partisan each day... Republican party first, nation last. Harry Reid feels threatened by the majority in the house, so he doesn't allow bills to get to the floor that should at least be considered to help america.. but for him it is Democratic Party first, nation second.
    Time to vote all of these current leaders out of their office.. Boehner, Cantor, McConnal, Reed, Pelosi, Hoyer all need to go.

    July 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Sussay

    Wow! So refreshing to hear this said in the media. I have been thinking the same thing for quite some time. The GOP is interested in people's votes to secure their own powerbase. They are NOT interested in the well-being of the average American - just the Americans that have the $$$ and clout to keep them in power.

    July 13, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. jk in MN

    The governor is spot on – I'd take it further. By intentionally not trying to get the economy back on track so that the opposition President loses boarders on being Treasonous to me.

    July 13, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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