They Deserve a Vote
Republican Senators Refuse to Talk About Their Filibuster of Gun Legislation
McCain: "What Are We Afraid Of?"
Scarborough: "Is Anybody Awake In My Party On The Hill?"
REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO TALK ABOUT THEIR FILIBUSTER ON GUNS
CBS Reporter Nancy Cordes: "We asked all fourteen Republican Senators for an interview about their filibuster threat but none of them were available." [CBS, 4/9/13]
KEY REPUBLICAN SENATORS: GUN LEGISLATION DESERVES A VOTE
Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV):
"I want to have that discussion. Now is the time." [Las Vegas Review Journal, 4/9/13]
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK):
"Sure, I'll vote [to begin debate]." [TPM, 4/9/13]
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA):
Spokeswoman: "He does not support the underlying committee bill, but he thinks a full debate on the issue will be healthy." [Atlanta Journal Constitution, 4/9/13]
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO):
New York Times Reporter John Weisman: "Blunt on gun filibuster: We're better off to debate these bills and u always have to 60 vote standard as to whether to go to the final vote." [NY Times, 4/9/13]
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
"There's no -- there's was no ambivalence on the gun issue. I think, everybody knows what the issues are. We have not seen the final draft of the legislation that was produced, I understand, last night. But, I think, it deserves a vote up or down." [CBS, 4/9/13]
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME):
CNN Reporter Deirdre Walsh: Sen Susan Collins said she does not support filibuster on bringing up gun bill, said if they get votes on amendments, will vote to proceed. [CNN, 4/9/13]
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA):
Allentown Morning Call: "Featured was former Gov. Ed Rendell who told the crowd that he'd spoken to Toomey and that the senator would not be supporting a filibuster." [Morning Call, 4/9/13]
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ):
CNN Reporter Deirdre Walsh: Sen Flake said as long as gets votes on amend he'll vote for motion to proceed on guns. [CNN, 4/9/13]
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH):
"Andrea, I don't support a filibuster for this. I believe that there should be provided that there are amendments, and that we can have a full and robust debate and I think that's the way to go forward on an important issue." [MSNBC, 4/9/13]
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
SCHIEFFER: So you'd encourage Republicans not to filibuster.
MCCAIN: I would not only encourage it. I don't understand it. What are we afraid of? Why would we not want, if this issue is as important as all of us think it is, why not take it on the world's greatest deliberative--that's the greatest exaggeration in history, by the way--but, you know, why not take it up an amendment and debate. The American people will profit from it. I do not understand why United States senators want to block debate when the leader has said that we can have amendments. [Face the Nation, 4/7/13]
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
CROWLEY: Senator Inhofe and Senator Rubio have now joined in that filibuster threat. What do you make of it? Would you join it?
GRAHAM: Well, I'd like to have an open process. The only way I would filibuster a bill is if Senator Reid did not allow alternative amendments. [CNN State of the Union, 3/31/13]
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) [Washington Post, 4/9/13]
REPUBLICAN OPINION MAKERS: "WE ARE IN DEEP TROUBLE" IF WE FILIBUSTER GUNS LEGISLATION... "IS ANYBODY AWAKE IN MY PARTY ON THE HILL?"
Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
"I would say its wrong. I would say we should have universal background checks but even if I did not support that legislation I would say let that come to debate. [CNN, 4/9/13]
"The Republicans are going to filibuster a 92% issue. Here in our latest poll it was 87%. Basically a 90-10 in something that involves the massacre of 20 first grade children. Is anybody awake in my party on the hill?" [MSNBC, 4/9/13]
Former NRCC Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA)
"If [the gun] issue is killed in filibuster then we are in deep trouble." [Washington Post, 4/8/13]