February 14th, 2009
01:42 AM ET

The battle over the census

CNN's Candy Crowley explains the significance of one of the alleged reasons behind Sen. Judd Gregg's withdrawal from the Commerce Secretary post: the 2010 census.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Joanne Pacicca, Solvay, NY

    I welcome a census. Also, how about the immigration fiasco? Isn't it time to stop the border running and birthing of babies here in the US in order for their parents to become citizens, go on welfare and bleed our economy?

    February 16, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  2. Michael C. Mchugh

    Has anyone noticed that Senator Gregg resembles Odo, one of the aliens on the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 series?

    But seriously folks, Commerce Secretary is a job for Herbert Hoover. It's an ideal job for someone who looks like a typical Republican undertaker since to my knowledge the Commerce Department has never helped a living human being.

    Don't get me wrong. I hope Obama continues his efforts at bi-partisanship every day, only to show the voters in 2010 and 2012 that the Republicans have no interest in it. But I know very well that FDR passed the New Deal without much bi-partisan support. Just the opposite, the Republicans attacked him without mercy and even went to the Supreme Court all the time to try to outlaw the New Deal. I'm sure they'll do the same with all of Obama's reforms.

    For that matter, just how much bi-partisan support did Abe Lincoln have in the South when he abolished slavery? The opposition party back then was literally at war with him!

    February 16, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  3. Clarissa

    I agree, the census should be door-to-door so the Republicans can't rig it. Come on and do it right.

    February 15, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Luis

    Politically incorrect:

    The reason why their is a battle over the census is because the democrats (socialist) want to count the illegals as well. It's all political gain.

    Their I said it. You dont have to dig to deep to find out what these fools are really trying to do. Wake up CNN!!!!

    February 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  5. Lisa

    I believe the Republicans are up to no good. I've been watching them closely since Cheney told us "so". There strategy is to throw the rock then hide their hands. They know that because of the change of administration, their little scheme to undercount people in their favor will end. Therefore, they've upped their efforts are to cast doubt on the new administration by forcing Gregg to resign, with the certainty that it was because of the stimulus and the census. So mark my words, if the minority count goes up significantly, the Republicans have positioned themselves to cry foul. Wimps!

    February 15, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  6. raquel

    Someone allowed John McCain to get off the hook in today's interview. He has some nerve to criticize President Obama about the stimulus when he thought that the "fundamentals of our economy is sound" Come on. I expected someone from CNN to hold McCain accountable for his statements.

    February 15, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  7. valerie watson

    How in the world could Judd Gregg not know what he was getting into when he agreed to the job. Someone is not being truthful but what else is knew with the republicans. They want to appear that they are right and for the people but they only have their own agenda in mind and not the American people.

    February 15, 2009 at 8:31 pm |
  8. Ram Riva -- Calexico CA

    The new Census will show the dramatic increase of minority citizens, Latin Americans and Asians, in the US Demographic map...
    It will show the new and very strong Democratic base that was evident during the last 2008 presidential election...
    When you travel all over this great country, you notice the heavy presence of minority immigrants, in evey walk of life...
    Is very clear the great concern the Republicans have in this new Demographic map of the United States...it will weaken them even more, in future elections....
    No wonder they're attacking everything that moves...they're scared, and they have not yet realized, that we are way into the 21st Century...

    February 15, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  9. Bill

    I think Judd Gregg realized two important things among the many he had to choose from. The President was going to do an 'end around run' regarding the census, making Mr. Gregg and his position mute.
    This is his most important job, being given to Rahm to control. The census should be impartial and transparent. Good Luck!
    The second thing was 'the state he represents' could appoint a democrat to replace him, guaranteeing the dems control of the senate. He would be of better use to the country by remaining in the senate and supporting his party.

    February 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  10. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    The Republican agenda is to bet on Obama's failure. This is evident from the top down.

    February 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  11. J.V.Hodgson

    The census, in a democratic nation is a key activity and should be tasked and completed in a way to ensure that every legally eligible voter is registered as such on the date of the census along with those under age who are not eligible to vote. One way or the other you can for that purpose ignore "illegal immigrants"
    The key is to cross reference the Census with other data of driving licenses, social security numbers and data, and state by state property ownership databases.
    People in Rental properties are always an issue, but can be cross refernced and checked if such owners are required to advise local offices of Social security numbers, license details and dates and names and previous adresses of tenants especially those who have crossed state lines.
    Then you freeze the database on a federal and state basis 60 days before any election state or national and if you are caught by that freeze you can vote in your previous state. In the 60 days state movers are tracked, mailed as with all eligble voters with a voting card saying where to vote.
    Then you ban outfits like Acorn and have a national computer system not state managed individual voting systems, with appropriate security controlled from out of Individual states authority. Same for national voting.
    If that works there will be more democratic votes and that bothers republicans and they will not be able to question the system or acorns any more... sounds good to me!!

    February 15, 2009 at 3:44 am |
  12. Mary

    You would think that the Republicans would want Judd Gregg in the Obama Administration to be Commerence Secretary and be in charge of the Census , wasn't he was going to do it Honest and Fair-hummmmmm. Instead the Republicans Force him out, believe me they did, It defintely wasn't his own Choice to bow out.

    February 15, 2009 at 3:40 am |
  13. pam

    the census should be door to door. the repubs are against anything that is right. nobody want to rig anything but them.

    February 14, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  14. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    In the Census we know more information, such as the number of inhabitants, the number of men, women, children and elderly, where and how people live and work, among other things.

    The Census of the population can be defined as all the operations that are to collect, combine and publish demographic data, economic and social for a given moment or in certain periods, to all inhabitants of a country or territory.

    The data from the Census can be used in projects that will contribute to:
    • Studying the growth and evolution of the population over time;
    • Identify areas for priority investments in health, education, housing, transport, energy, programs to assist the children and old age;
    • Select sites that require programs to promote economic growth, such as installation of clusters;

    I believe that the Census door to door is more effective than wait that an adult, of the house, fills out a form and sends by mail. Relying on the goodwill, availability and responsibility of people, today, is complicated. A system thus, is doomed to inaccuracy and incorrectness.

    The last Census in Brazil was conducted door to door, with the help of a PDA.

    February 14, 2009 at 8:30 pm |
  15. Larry

    I guess that in 2010 & 2012 Congress will be all Democrats.

    February 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  16. jim

    I think the republicans were going to rig the census to help the red states and try to help increase there base

    February 14, 2009 at 11:58 am |