GOP senator defends Susan Collins and her 'spine of steel' after Chuck Schumer calls her out
During an interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto on Wednesday morning, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) complained to the host about comments made by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer during a Tuesday night interview with the New York Democrat who said his party has no intention on depending on Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) to do the right thing with her Senate vote.
Speaking with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Schumer stated, "No, you know, we made a big mistake in 2009 and 2010. Susan Collins was part of that mistake. We cut back on the stimulus dramatically and we stayed in recession for five years."
Those comments infuriated an agitated Barrasso, who fired back at Schumer over his remarks about the perpetually "concerned' Collins.
"I have to tell you, Jim, it doesn't help bipartisanship when Chuck Schumer goes on Anderson Cooper as he did last night and attacks the most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate, who is Susan Collins -- attacked her by name -- and essentially said she was responsible for five years of a recession under President Obama," Barrasso said.
"I mean, that's not a way to work together with people or find common ground solutions," he continued. "I hope President Biden speaks out and opposes what Chuck Schumer has said about Susan Collins. I'll tell you, she has a spine of steel, she's a hard worker, she's not going to be bullied or bribed by Chuck Schumer, and that doesn't work in the way he does politics in his own caucus."
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