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TRENDING: Bennett: Republicans need to present more ideas
CNN ^ | June 30th, 2010 | Alexander Mooney

Posted on 06/30/2010 6:31:55 PM PDT by lowbridge

Republican Sen. Bob Bennett – the first incumbent senator this cycle to fall victim to a primary challenge – says his party isn't doing a good job of advancing substantive ideas.

"As I look out at the political landscape now, I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas," Bennett told The Ripon Society, a Republican think tank in Washington.

"The concern I have is that ideology and a demand for absolute party purity endangers our ability to govern once we get into office," Bennett also said in his speech Wednesday.

Facing significant anger aimed at Washington and at some of his past votes, the three-term senator was eliminated last month from seeking re-election to a fourth term, becoming the first incumbent to fall victim to the growing anti-Washington mood ahead of the 2010 mid-term elections.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bennett; utah

1 posted on 06/30/2010 6:31:57 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Amen.


2 posted on 06/30/2010 6:33:39 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: lowbridge

Removing regulation and taxes from small business is a good start.

De-funding education on the federal level is good.


3 posted on 06/30/2010 6:34:22 PM PDT by lurk
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To: lowbridge

Bitter loser.


4 posted on 06/30/2010 6:34:35 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: lowbridge

Apparently he didn’t care much for the idea to remove him.


5 posted on 06/30/2010 6:35:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: lowbridge

Uh, there are plenty of great ideas. We just need elected officials to effectively present them. That’s why the people dumped you on your ass, Bennett.


6 posted on 06/30/2010 6:36:24 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: lowbridge

“If republicans would just come up with more good
liberal ideas......etc, etc, etc.”

I can’t wait for NOVEMBER!


7 posted on 06/30/2010 6:37:16 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: lowbridge

[but not very many ideas]

How about this idea: stop spending.
Or this one: Follow the Constitution.

I don’t know why this is so hard for some people to grasp.


8 posted on 06/30/2010 6:39:59 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: lowbridge

Here’s some ideas. How about across the board tax cuts, incentives to business (especially small ones) for hiring. Massive spending cuts along with a buildup of our military in these dangerous times. Secure the borders and jail anyone who hires an illegal. Hold ALL politicians accountable for their corruption and crimes. And did I mention STOP SPENDING MONEY WE DON’T HAVE!
Even a teenager can understand that.

That’s just for starters.


9 posted on 06/30/2010 6:40:43 PM PDT by Bullish (Been to all 57 States.... Or is it 58?)
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To: ilgipper

The Republican creed seems to be..’Mums the word’. Where the hell are they?


10 posted on 06/30/2010 6:41:19 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: lowbridge

Ideas? Bennett..I’ll give you ideas...if we paid each Congresscritter and Senator ONE BILLION dollars each ...anually...to stay at home and shut their mouth...535 billion/yr...the American people and their States would come out ahead at the end of each year. That’s just for starters-Bennett..


11 posted on 06/30/2010 6:44:13 PM PDT by mo
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To: lowbridge

Here is a great idea, never tried even by Reagan:

Slash government employees’ compensation, benefits, pensions.


12 posted on 06/30/2010 6:51:22 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: cripplecreek
Not a Bennett fan by any means but if he's aiming his remarks toward McConnell and Boehner he's right on target. These two are totally bereft of ideas or leadership. I can't imagine these two as standard bearers of the “new” GOP.
13 posted on 06/30/2010 7:00:30 PM PDT by Recon Dad ( Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things)
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To: lowbridge

Too many Republicans feel they have to offer alternative “ideas” to the savage attacks of the Left on Constitutional govt. The only “idea” they should be offering is a return to the limited govt. clearly delineated in the Constitution. All our fiscal problems are due to unconstitutional activities, which includes most of what the Federal govt. does these days.


14 posted on 06/30/2010 7:04:58 PM PDT by hellbender
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To: lowbridge

There are some good GOP ideas out there; the problem is not enough GOPers are willing to stomp on democrats’ toes to make them heard.


15 posted on 06/30/2010 7:05:53 PM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: lowbridge

Here’s an idea:

Part time congress - busy itself defunding and dismantling unconbstitutional departments and agencies.


16 posted on 06/30/2010 7:06:53 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: lowbridge

Hey Bennett, your radio show sux too.


17 posted on 06/30/2010 7:11:25 PM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: lowbridge

I love taking a shot at Bill Bennett anytime the name Bennett is brought up. lol.


18 posted on 06/30/2010 7:12:22 PM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: onyx

Two more ideas:

- Get rid of Steele

-Give the Republicans some implants


19 posted on 06/30/2010 7:16:18 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: lowbridge
Hey Republicans, how about this for your platform?

Follow the Constitution
Secure the border.
Lower taxes.
Spend Less.

Don't be democRAT lite.

20 posted on 06/30/2010 7:17:57 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: lowbridge
See, here's what Bennett doesn't get. Conservatives are tired of Republicans working with Democrats, making liberal legislation slightly-less liberal and then saying you fought against liberalism, and accepting the Democrat's premises on everything. Not to mention fighting on their terms.

It's not purity when conservative voters want Republicans to adhere to principle. Just how in Hell does voting for bailouts and excessive spending helps the Republicans? All it does is blur the lines between the two parties. Conservative voters get discouraged and stay home and vote 3rd party; liberal voters will always vote for Democrats.

Why is this so hard for Bennett to understand? I don't want Republicans to "work" with Democrats in the spirit of "bipartisanship." I guarantee you if the Republicans win back Congress, you're going to hear stories from Democrats on how the nation needs to "heal" and how Republicans need to be "inclusive" and all this other crap.

21 posted on 06/30/2010 7:33:04 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Mexico is the U.S. version of Hamas)
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To: lowbridge

Here’s a notion: that the next Republican candidate for president call for the States to convene a constitutional convention, to put the federal government back in order.

“If elected, I propose that the federal government just provide stable management, while the States decide how to reduce the federal government in size and scope, reduce or renounce its debt, and make adjustments to the constitution that have been needed since its very founding.

“I propose this because the elected and appointed officials of the US government, the three branches of government, and the political parties are incapable of correcting the federal government from within the government.

“A constitutional convention of the individual States is properly how this problem is addressed. So I ask that the State legislatures debate among themselves, and discuss what needs to be done with delegations sent and received from other States. To minimize confusion, at least 38 States should be in agreement as to what should be done even before the convention is called. This will avoid much of the delay once the convention is seated.

“A constitutional convention is not unthinkable, and it will not be controlled by radicals. To suggest so is false.

“Finally, once the new constitution has been ratified, as president I will promise to carry out all changes directed by the States, faithfully, and with no intention to evade or even avoid what has been directed.

“By doing so, our nation will soon be on its feet again, with prospects for a better future restored, with declining or diminished national debt, and with optimism that our republic may thrive and prosper into the foreseeable future.”


22 posted on 06/30/2010 7:38:32 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: lowbridge

“”The concern I have is that ideology and a demand for absolute party purity endangers our ability to govern once we get into office,” Bennett also said...”

The idiot RINO is clueless, dumb, stupid and without an ounce of common sense.

Thanks to you people who threw this me-me-me slob out of office.


23 posted on 06/30/2010 7:41:41 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: truth_seeker

Slash government employees’ compensation, benefits, pensions.
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And slash government employees.


24 posted on 06/30/2010 8:12:44 PM PDT by thedilg
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To: truth_seeker

Slash government employees’ compensation, benefits, pensions.
*******************************************
And slash government employees.


25 posted on 06/30/2010 8:12:53 PM PDT by thedilg
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To: lowbridge

All I can say is that the people of UT need to do to Hatch what they did to Bennett, or otherwise they are a “respecter of persons.”


26 posted on 06/30/2010 9:21:05 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Invincibly Ignorant

Bill Bennett is smarter than Newton Gingrich though; at least that Bennett knows he has no political future, but Gingrich is still looking.


27 posted on 06/30/2010 9:22:58 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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