Open Microphone Snares Sen. Chuck Schumer

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – Senator Chuck Schumer may have some explaining to do after having some explaining to do.

Tuesday, Schumer was caught going over budget talking points with his fellow Democratic senators on a conference call. Apparently Schumer didn’t know some reporters had already joined the call, and the exchange was caught on tape.

Schumer was heard explaining to his fellow Democrats why he favors characterizing spending cuts proposed by the GOP as “extreme” and “draconian.”

“I always use the word ‘extreme,’ that’s what the caucus instructed me to do the other week,” Schumer said.

“The subtext of this is, the only way we can avoid a shutdown is for (House Speaker John) Boehner to come up with a reasonable compromise and not just listen to what the Tea Party wants,” Schumer said.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell: Schumer Stands By His Comments

Republicans immediately jumped on Schumer’s statement. “We have seen what the motive is behind Mr. Schumer,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said. “He says every spending cut is unreasonable.”

Douglas Muzzio, a professor of Baruch College School of Public Affairs, says Schumer should’ve known better.

“You don’t give away the strategy by talking into a live mic that you don’t know is on,” Muzzio said.

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  • Bridget Murphy

    Chuck Schumer is career liberal politician who cares more about his power than America’s future.

  • jerseyjoey

    I Told you so, Demoncrats are liars and poison to your freedom. Bottom line , what is it that you lemming liberals cant understand about being played, DuhDuh

  • R

    To Nathan who wrote:

    ” He’s a ham but he works hard for nyc. The rest of you can drop dead”

    ARE YOU KIDDING..? He’s doesn’t work for NYC, he works for himself. Will he ensure you have your health benefits until you die…? Will he ensure you get full pay retirement after you retire..? He gets these benefits…. !! He doesn’t care about the deficit,,,, or debt. He’ll be retired like Bill Clinton watching the rest of us suffer for what he and his goofball Dems did to this country…!!

  • Kevin

    Does it matter at all to you liberal drones that this slime ball, maggot of a man is doing nothing about the very real issue of the insurmountable debt this nation faces since Dumbo The Empty Suit took office? This isn’t a partisan issue. You want to bury your kids with this? Fine, go ahead, don’t bury mine. You’re as pathetic as he is.
    Oh wait, don’t tell me, it’s still George Bush’s (who sucked btw) fault, right?

  • KC

    Schumer has always been a loudmouth D-bag. This just shows he’s starting to slip in his old age.

  • jo

    The solution will require a compromise. The Dems took a beating in the ballot box so they should be making the concessions. Let’s stop with the talking points and get on with governing.

  • Big Brother

    You need to read the article or brush up on your third grade reading comprehension. Typical right wing blather that has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

    BTW where did you cut and paste that from?

  • AngryMobVoter

    Obama should just make a speech indicating in the best interest of the American people and the country, he will not seek a second term. Obama has mismanaged the economy while engaging in reckless spending that has mortgage the future of all Americans especially the next generation. Obama has not taken decisive action to stabilize the middle east which is a region of critical importance to the American people and economy. Obama rammed into law a healthcare bill the American people did not want he did so with secrecy and underhanded tactics to buy votes.

    Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the rest of the Democrats believe in big government and intrusive regulation. They believe in taking from the people who work hard and get educated to achieve and give it to the people who do not try to better themselves.

    We need to end all of the wasteful and inefficient government programs to make it easier for people to live off the system than to be productive members of the economy. I am tired of paying taxes to pay for the person in the checkout line in front of me using food stamps to buy food only to follow that up with using a large amount of cash to by cigarettes. I am tired of paying taxes so government workers can get salaries and benefits far beyond what I get in the private sector. I am tired of paying taxes to support people who have little incentive to work and achieve. Our government is dysfunctional, inefficient, and to big. It is our huge, dysfunctional, and wasteful government that is holding back our economy and job growth.

    Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the rest of the Democrats rammed into law a healthcare bill the American people did not want and will do little to lower costs. I am tired of paying more for healthcare because I am subsidizing the smokers and others who make lifestyle choices that are not consistent with good health. If we would allow healthcare insurance rates to take into account VOLUNTARY lifestyle choices we could reduce the burden on people who make healthily choices and give incentive for people to stop making the unhealthy choices.

    All of the programs that make it easy for people to not work or not try to better themselves must be eliminated. If we want job growth we need to eliminate all of the burdensome regulations and useless paperwork faces by business and we must reduce the number, amount, and complexity of all the taxes paid by business and individuals. One place to start with spending cuts would be the outrageous salaries and benefits paid to must public employees that greatly exceed the private sector.

    Or government even inhibits the work of the non-profit sector with piles of useless regulations and paperwork. The large cost of complying with those regulations and completing the mountains of paper only takes away from the service these organizations provide to the community.

    Our representatives vote on legislation they do not understand or have not read. They add unrelated PORK to bills that are mainly concerned with issues where it would be political suicide to vote against. Why not have every elected official sign-off that they have read and UNDERSTOOD an issue before they are permitted to vote? Those sign-offs could be scanned into the public record and put on a public website.

    Our representatives have a sense of entitlement that must be eliminated. If a law applies to the American People, it should apply to our elected officials and that includes things like social security, pension, and healthcare. Our government is wasteful and dysfunctional.

    We must continue to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

    • nathan

      Im sure the POTUS will get right on that speech you skoal-chewing, coors drinking, nascar-watching, trailer park living goober.

      • AngryMobVoter

        The problem with this country is people like you never learned to add. Our federal government is in so much debt it will never recover and most state and local governments cannot balance their budgets. Business takes jobs out of the country as a direct result of onerous regulations and taxes. Meanwhile our government makes it easy to not work or seek education.

        We must continue to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

      • Celia

        Nathan, you’re an angry, selfish person. You give all Democrats a bad name.

  • marx engels

    Eric Cantor (R-VA) said. “He says every spending cut is unreasonable.” and this is from the party of NO!! except for more tax cuts for the rich, thus less revenue. Hey Eric, it’s a “SHANDA”!
    It would be nice to see the two descendants of the 12 tribes have an intellectual slugfest battle of wits; put your money on Chuck, he would blow Cantor away!

  • nathan

    He’s a ham but he works hard for nyc. The rest of you can drop dead.

  • Michael H.

    A politician is given talking points and he uses them and this is news?

  • the bandid

    what a moron, that idiot

  • EricM

    This is not news…it is just re-stating the obvious. The guy is a phony, and always has been.

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