March 15, 2009

Sen. Bob Corker said that Democrats were considering a new stimulus package this morning on Fox News Sunday and was incredulous about it which of course is nonsense.

Corker: Still the major issue in our country is credit and it's very difficult for me to believe we're considering talking about another so-called stimulus package when, in fact, we still have not dealt seriously with the credit issue. That is absolutely incredible to me.

Barney Frank wouldn't let Corker's comments stand.

Frank: Chris, Chris, excuse me, but can I respond to Bob Corker's partisan attack in the name of partisanship? Because the fact is nobody in the administration or on our side in Congress is focusing on the second stimulus. We only answered that when asked about it.

Frank: This notion that oh, stop focusing on this second stimulus, we're not. My committee and the committee I chair, we are focusing on the credit issue. Mr. Geithner is...

Chris Wallace seemed reluctant to let Frank rebut the charges.

"Congressman, can we turn to the -- I know you like to talk substance," said Wallace.

Frank: Well, I do want to rebut a false charge, that we have somehow focused on a second stimulus and not credit and that's simply not accurate.

Wallace:"I can give Sen. Corker, I was trying to stay on substance.

Frank: Well, Chris, don't let political attacks go," he replied.

Wallace:"I can give Sen. Corker, I was trying to stay on substance.

Wallace: Go ahead Sen. Corker, if you'd rather get into a food fight, go ahead.

John Amato:

Mark Zandi, formerly of the McCain campaign, who has said the original stimulus was too small agreed with the administration and their position that the government working with the private sector should be able to succeed when dealing with the banks and thought President Obama will get a lot of private investors to come back in. He then echoed Corker's "second stimulus" attack as if it hss been realized.

Wallace just tried to let Corker's "second stimulus" talking point pass on by.

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