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February 12th, 2009
06:12 PM ET

Gregg on his Stimulus vote

Dana Bash
CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent

Following GOP Sen. Judd Gregg out of his presser, I asked him about CNN reporting that the White House was not happy that he didn’t help the President by voting on the economic stimulus bill.

Gregg replied, “I’m sure that’s true.”

I asked, well why didn’t you?

He replied, “because I gave my word to people.”

Then the elevator doors closed….


Filed under: Barack Obama • Dana Bash • Raw Politics
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Is he really interested in helping Americans--or is giving his word to "some people" more important? You know the answer.

    February 13, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  2. April

    Judd Gregg's bailout

    It is unfortunate that Sen. Judd Gregg did not have the bandwidth to venture into new uncharted territory and succumb to the pressures of other republican mechanically animals by following the pack instead of leading the charge for change. At least he was honesty enough to recognize that is was out of league, I will give him credit for that.

    February 13, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  3. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    As I said in another post we need a Pro America BUY AMERICAN person in this position not an OUTSOURCE to COMMUNIST China and SOCIALIST India G W Bush cronie. This is the best of news. Now its up to the President to correct this mistake and put someone in this position who genuinely cares about OUR Nation and WE the People and noy Corporate GREED and the use of cheap COMMUNIST and SOCIALIST Slave Labor at the expense of our National Economic security ,OUR economic future and Middle Class American workers anf Middle Class America in general.

    February 13, 2009 at 3:10 am |
  4. customized seo

    He is foresaking the best interests of the country as a whole, for the long term, to pass something quickly.

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    February 13, 2009 at 3:03 am |
  5. customized seo

    very smart

    February 13, 2009 at 3:00 am |
  6. Barbara Harris

    I dont think this man, Gregg, was really serious about serving in Obama's cabinet and believe that possibly he was pressured by GOP into leaving cabinet. I believe The GOP is hardened against Obama and the Democrats, that they are upset because they lost the election, that they have a secret compact amongst each other to bring down the Obama Presidency via any means they can. I hope that they will stop their shenanigans and become part of we the people who stand behind our new president and wish him well ........Murdock, Fox news, et al are really trying all they can to hurt this man. It wont work. This man, Obama, was given to us for a reason......whatever their reasons for trying to pull this man down will backfire on them.

    February 13, 2009 at 2:23 am |
  7. DaisyL Mcclain-Beed

    The constituents should all march to their State Capitol Building and stand up for the stimulus program that President Obama is fighting for us. He has stated, "It is not just about him, but us ,all Americans." Thanks Daisy

    February 12, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  8. Linda B., Ga.

    Perhaps Sen. Gregg is hiding something also…. either unpaid taxes or he’s missing a set ahem….between his legs….

    at any rate Pres. Obama will be better off without him….

    February 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. terik ororke

    Like it or not, the man has a conscience and we have to give him credit for allowing it to work if we agree or disagree with him. How many in both houses of Congress just tow th eline and plan on being re-elected?

    February 12, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  10. eva

    what a mess this is with judd gregg. unless he has a deep dark secret that he was afraid would be found out, it would appear that the republicans are out to make president obama look bad. there seems to be a [get obama] and make him a bad judge of character. it will never sway the american people, especially if they are convinced obama is the good man we have been looking for. he will be the peoples' president even if congress fights him all the way. what a mess we are in and everyone [almost] on capitol hill is dragging their feet. eva from va.

    February 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  11. Barbara Boehle

    Why oh Why can't Washington agree on anything! I am a life long resident of Ohio, and it seems to me, that John Boener is not doing our state or our country a service by constantly being critical of everything that the president and his team have put together for a stimulus package. The Republicans had eight years to to steer our country clear of this economic nightmare and chose to do nothing! Now they are bellyaching about everything while our country is on the brink of disaster! Hey my message for Boehner and the rest is zip it and do whats right for a change! I'm sick of listening to them!

    February 12, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  12. Janet SC

    What was his vote for the bank bail out under Bush?

    February 12, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  13. ray

    To answer Annie: The same people all congressmen answer (give their word) to – those that bought them.

    February 12, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  14. Lisa in CA

    Good for him. This bill certainly isn't what we were told it would be. Obama told us there would be no pork, yet it is ladened with it. He is foresaking the best interests of the country as a whole, for the long term, to pass something quickly. We've been down this road, and it has not turned out well. Good for Gregg for maybe learning from past mistakes.

    February 12, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  15. Annie Kate

    Saved by the elevator door? Would be nice to know what people he was referring to.

    February 12, 2009 at 7:06 pm |