Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Thune not convinced on TARP after meeting with Obama advisers

South Dakota Senator John Thune, after the Republicans' closed door meeting with Summers and Emanuel:

"There is a real concern that it's one thing to say it in the privacy of that room; it's another thing entirely to put something on the record."

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell was a bit more charitable, but echoed Thune's call for some public assurances.

[Summers and Rahm] "did not represent they are in favor of industrial policy. We'd like to see something publicly stated with reference to that issue."

Closed door meetings. Not like in your college days, eh?

UPDATE: In a new Gallup poll, Americans are more likely to agree with Thune and Republicans, with 62% saying Congress should block the TARP funds until more detail is provided about how the funds will be used.