Senators from each of America’s two major political parties lashed out at one another on a Sunday morning talk show. Dodging questions with talking points is nothing new, but this morning Senator Robert Menendez went off script and challenged the defeatism infecting the country.
In July, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said if Republicans were able to stop health care reform it would “break” President Barack Obama. “If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,” he said.
But now, DeMint denies that his intention was to break the president. He was asked by ABC’s Terry Moran Sunday, “So did you break him, and is that really how Americans want you to behave here in Washington — Break the President?”
“I did not want this to be the president’s Waterloo,” DeMint replied.
“But pushing through a massive government takeover of our health care system was certainly not a good idea,” he said, hyping vague fears of spending and government takeovers. “After three years of controlling both houses of Congress, (Democrats) are still trying to blame someone else.”
“There are a lot of people out there who see the Republican party as the party of no right now,” Moran asserted.
DeMint dodged Moran, instead claiming “broad-based tax cuts” are the best way to get the economy working, adding “the President’s stimulus has been a massive failure.”
So Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) cut him off.
“My dear friend Jim DeMint did want to break Barack Obama,” he said. “The Republicans’ whole political strategy is for this President and for this Congress to fail.”
“All our Republican colleagues have said is no,” he went on to say. “They have used the filibuster, a procedure in the Senate to stop progress, 101 times, unprecedented in the history of the United States Senate!”
Menendez pointed out that when George W. Bush came to office he began with a $236 billion surplus, whereas Obama was handed a $1.3 trillion deficit. He credited Obama with making progress despite the economy, attacking Republicans for standing in the way.
“No doesn’t create a job, no doesn’t create health care insurance for anyone,” Menendez huffed. “Or stop the abuses of the insurance companies. No doesn’t help a senior citizen with their prescription drug coverage. Its time to begin to say yes to move the country forward.”
This video is from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Jan. 24, 2010.
Trump: ‘Any Jewish people’ who vote for Democrats have ‘a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty’
President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused the majority of Jewish American voters of having "a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty" because they support Democrats.
While discussing Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) during a talk with reporters, the president said he couldn't imagine any Jewish American voting for the Democrats due to the congresswomen's comments about Israel.
"I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," Trump said.
Conservative columnist blasts GOP as ‘partisan hacks for whom hypocrisy is second-nature’
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump once again ripped into The Squad, this time to undercut an emotional press conference in which Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MN) described the conditions her Palestinian relatives live under.
“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” the president tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”
Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!
Convicted Cardinal Pell’s fate hangs on appeal
An Australian court will rule on George Pell's appeal against child sex abuse charges Wednesday, when the convicted cardinal could walk free or begin a new round in his protracted legal fight.
Once the Vatican's third-ranking official, 78-year-old Pell was sentenced this year to six years in jail for sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys at a Melbourne cathedral in the 1990s.
After more than two months of deliberations, a three-judge appeals panel will hand down their decision.
Pell is the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse, making his case and Wednesday's ruling a touchstone moment for believers and victims groups around the world.