Tom Price: The U.S. House needs ‘red state’ leadership

Hours before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tore into House Speaker John Boehner for pulling the plug on Hurricane Sandy aid, a Georgia congressman was getting his licks in from the GOP right.

U.S. Rep. Tom Price was on WMAL in Washington this morning, a conservative talk-radio station aimed at the D.C. elite, to discuss Tuesday’s House vote on the fiscal cliff.

Price voted against the measure and his speaker – as did every GOP member of the House from Georgia. But Price, who becomes vice-chairman of the House Budget Committee in the next Congress, is undoubtedly the most ambitious member of the Georgia delegation. And Boehner is up for re-election tomorrow.

Listen to Price’s interview in full here:

A truncated transcript follows:

Price: “At the end of the day these kinds of bills are never all good or all bad. My assessment was that it ultimately raised taxes and didn’t decrease any spending. In fact it increased spending.”

WMAL: “You voted against your speaker of the House.”

Price: “The vote is really fascinating. If you look at the votes that were ‘yes’ on the Republican side – there were 85 of them. Seventy of them come from blue states. I really think, and I’ve been talking about this for a couple months now. I think this is a red state-blue state issue.

“When we were talking about previous ‘solutions,’ it really broke down in our conference between Republicans who are from red states and those who are from blue states. It’s a different conversation that we need to have within our own conference as we move forward with the kind of positive solutions that I think are out there.”

WMAL: “Is there a leadership crisis within the Republican caucus?”

Price: “I don’t think so….

“At some point, you have to draw a line in the sand, and we have been unwilling as a conference to do that. I think that’s where we will come out of this debate and out of this process, recognizing that the president has not been an honest broker and has not been willing to put any spending reductions on the table….”

WMAL: “You’re saying this is a red-state, blue-state issue. We’ve got leadership from blue states. You’re from a red state. You’re saying, yes, we do need to draw a line in the sand….There needs to be a change here in the party, doesn’t there?”

Price: “I think you will see a significant change in perspective and a significant change in strategy, and it will come from the maturation of the now-sophomore class, of the 87 new folks who came last year, and the 37 new folks who are coming to the Republican conference right now….”

WMAL: “We’ve heard there are 20 or more Republicans who are willing to block the speaker’s election tomorrow. Have you heard anything about that?”
Price: “I don’t know anything about that.”

WMAL: “If something happens, would you be willing to step forward? A lot of people have mentioned your name.”

Price: “This palace intrigue is wonderful for these discussions, but the fact of the matter is, what we need to do is to get down to business and get spending under control in this country…”

WMAL: “You didn’t answer the question….”

Price: “I think we need red-state representation in both our leadership as well as the organizing committees that we have.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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173 comments Add your comment

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 2nd, 2013
3:17 pm

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 2nd, 2013
3:18 pm

Of course we need Red State leadership unless we want to be a blue state, like Greece.

United States

January 2nd, 2013
3:35 pm

Is Greece going to be the new GOP bogeyman to scare Americans into voting their way or else? Red States LOST the last election. Can we start talking in terms of UNITED States… ALL Americans?

DJ Sniper

January 2nd, 2013
3:45 pm

Good question United States. Nothing like code words to fire up the low information portion of the GOP voter base.

keeping it real

January 2nd, 2013
3:50 pm

As bad as Boehner is, this nut case really scares me.

Chris Carson

January 2nd, 2013
3:51 pm

The GOP may have finally splintered into two regional factions in advance of what has long been promised – a civil war for the soul of the Republican Party. May the North win (again)!

Old South

January 2nd, 2013
3:52 pm

We aren’t the United anything anymore. The only thing keeping the nation remotely together is the unified economy. One size fits all government that can’t even fit all anymore.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 2nd, 2013
3:53 pm

democrat infested Kalifornia, Illinoise, Michigan’t – America’s living, breathing next best things to……..greece.

Native Georgian

January 2nd, 2013
3:54 pm

United States and DJ Sniper…. AGREED!

I’m sick of these Congress people making everything a partisan issue. They are basically bashing the “blue state republicans” for voting with their constituents instead of with the party.

If all we need is 1 party vote then we don’t need 535 members of Congress to vote 2 separate ways!

Terry Tucker

January 2nd, 2013
3:58 pm

With all due respect to Rep. Tom Price, I would prefer American Leadership instead of Red State Leadership. But, I believe I am asking too much of somebody that puts party before country.

Question

January 2nd, 2013
3:59 pm

This is such a red district and Dr.Price will win easily, but he always goes and collects cash and if you look at this voting it closely matches what his campaign dollars he got..

Political Man

January 2nd, 2013
4:03 pm

Price has absolutely no concept of the common good. People of his ilk are in Congress for only one reason: promote the interests of the rich and business and keep the average man down. Most people of unbiased thought recognize that only government can step into the cracks where business fails or is not interested. Price is not principled but he is an ideologue.

On My Way

January 2nd, 2013
4:03 pm

I’m for budget cutting and spending cuts. I just don’t know what to cut. But I know there’s got to be something to cut. Because I’m for budget cutting and spending cuts.

BPJ

January 2nd, 2013
4:05 pm

Without “blue state Republicans”, the Republican can’t win elections. And the more that “red state Republicans” are in control, some of those blue state Republicans will vote for Democrats. (Look at the Indiana Senate election.) With guys like Price, Cantor, and Ryan in charge, the GOP could go the way of the Whig Party.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 2nd, 2013
4:08 pm

Keep in mind, these are the same people that ran Joe Lieberman out on a rail.

Tired of Brain Dead comments

January 2nd, 2013
4:11 pm

Aesop: Did you think of Illinoise all by yourself, or did your 7 year old help you?
The Dems will spend us into the poor house with domestic spending and the GOP will spend us into the poor house with “defense” spending. Either way, we are going to the poor house.

R U Kidding Me?

January 2nd, 2013
4:13 pm

The problem in Washington is a total lack of leadership and political courage from BOTH parties. Everyone knows the Georgia Legislature is a joke, packed full of self-serving individuals who constantly place their political party above the people whom they represent. I always thought Congress was better than this, but after spending time in Washington, it’s as bad or worse than the Georgia Legislature. And that is quite an accomplishment!
Boehner is a complete baffoon, being brow-beaten by whackos like Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan. He has lost control of the House and his days are numbered. Mitch McConnell could care lees about the united States as long as he can find a tv camera to whine and complain to. Harry Reid may be the limpest guy to ever be Majority Leader. How can a guy with no balls become Majority Leader of the United States Senate? Where are the statesmen? Where are the men and women with vision? Where are the men and women with the political courage to make the decision that is right for America rather than what is right for their own political survival?
Congress is just like the Georgia Legislature…garbage in equals garbage out. I feel sorry for the small handful of individuals who are trying to do the right thing, but those folks are few and far between.
It is sad what our state and nation has become.

war eagle

January 2nd, 2013
4:15 pm

Still don’t understand why the reps don’t call for the releasing of the obama transcripts and prove he is not eligible to run. Reps should run ads stating that obama has refused to cut spending and instead has asked for a platinum amex card to keep spending and spending. No job growth, no increase in GDP, just keep spending on pork. The democrat way. Why? b/c there are no jobs out there!

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
4:16 pm

Political Man-

You might want to change your handle, because you aren’t very politically savy. Democrats raise more money from big business than republicans do, it’s a fact. Republicans are the party of small business, main street, those who are self reliant and the party that ( I hope) wants fiscal sanity.

Just because MSNBC, Obama and those of the same ilk like to accuse republicans of being for big business doesn’t make it true. Follow the money and you’ll have your real answer.

Newt is nuts

January 2nd, 2013
4:21 pm

I know Tom Price and I know what motivates him. If he runs for speaker, he will get squashed because a lot of other people know Tom Price and what motivates him.

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
4:25 pm

Well said war eagle.

RAMZAD

January 2nd, 2013
4:27 pm

The Republicans seek to form a Right Wing cult dictatorship. If you want proof, just look at what happens to a Republican who dares to disagree with the GOP body politic.

Ask Richard Lugar if you have questions.

MIssgrace

January 2nd, 2013
4:27 pm

It amazes me that Price keeps getting reelected but if he wants to start a circular firing squad within the GOP, maybe that’s a good thing. It might clean up the log jam in Congress.

Purple

January 2nd, 2013
4:28 pm

I have lived in the same place for the last 11 years and had the pleasure of voting against Cynthia McKinney until she finally was tossed out. After the last census, I was gerrymandered into Price’s district and had the pleasure of voting against him in the last election. Where are the statemen and women? It is too limiting to be locked into an ideological paradigm and to never, ever compromise on anything. Compromise is imperfect but necessary – like our Constitution.

Purple

January 2nd, 2013
4:28 pm

I have lived in the same place for the last 11 years and had the pleasure of voting against Cynthia McKinney until she finally was tossed out. After the last census, I was gerrymandered into Price’s district and had the pleasure of voting against him in the last election. Where are the statemen and women? It is too limiting to be locked into an ideological paradigm and to never, ever compromise on anything. Compromise is imperfect but necessary – like our Constitution.

GaBlue

January 2nd, 2013
4:31 pm

So basically, Dr. Price flapped his yap and said absolutely nothing — as usual.

Retired Soldier

January 2nd, 2013
4:32 pm

RAM-

Only republicans? Ask Joe L.

early to bed

January 2nd, 2013
4:35 pm

Good luck with that red state leadership in the house in the future- red state leadership? sounds like an oxymoron to me

clem

January 2nd, 2013
4:38 pm

thank the tpers for the lousy deal; repubs could have had better deal in august 2011

clem

January 2nd, 2013
4:45 pm

R U Kidding Me?

January 2nd, 2013
4:46 pm

Elected officials who want to do the right thing and banished by their own party if they step out of line with party politics. Compromise has no place in the current political arena. Solid ideas to solve our problems have no place in the current political arena. The only agenda that matters is the political agenda to destroy the other party and to hold the majority.

Here’s a novel idea. Let’s banish ALL political parties. Let’s make all elections non-partisan just like the elections for our judiciary. Elected officials would then be beholden to only one thing … the people who elected them.

curious

January 2nd, 2013
4:48 pm

Republicans raise more money from a relatively few individuals like Adelson, Koch, etc.

Only if you could get 1 vote for each dollar donated.

curious

January 2nd, 2013
4:49 pm

republicans prefer to eat their young.

Shine

January 2nd, 2013
4:51 pm

Kook Price, another nutcase yankee transplant who has snookered Georgians into electing several times. This embarassment needs replacing asap.

Richard

January 2nd, 2013
4:54 pm

I am a Republican but Tom Price will never receive my vote. He and his wife are scumbags.

Real Athens

January 2nd, 2013
4:54 pm

“democrat infested Kalifornia, Illinoise, Michigan’t – America’s living, breathing next best things to……..greece.”

What a boob. Spelling aside, any fool could have found out that in 2011 the STATE of Michigan had a higher GDP than the COUNTRY of Greece.

Epic failure of analogy and common sense (or is that cents)?

GaBlue

January 2nd, 2013
4:56 pm

“People of his ilk are in Congress for only one reason: promote the interests of the rich and business and keep the average man down.”

Oh, the good doctor has a couple of other reasons. None of them have to do with the well being of this nation, doing what’s right, or representing the good, godly masses he cons by pretending to agree with them, though. But there are definitely reasons that mean a lot to him personally.

Yellowjacket

January 2nd, 2013
4:56 pm

Where was the Prez in all this? Dealing but uncompromising. Aloof to the end and not a leader. At the end Biden worked with McConnel. Where was Sen Reid ? probably trying to find his way out of the mens room – what a non-entity!

Real Athens

January 2nd, 2013
4:58 pm

RU:

I’ll give you $100 for each reference in the U.S. Constitution to political parties.

Yellowjacket

January 2nd, 2013
4:58 pm

@Richard .. When all logical argument fails, resort to personal insult….

Atlbirdawg

January 2nd, 2013
5:00 pm

“Red State Leadership?” Really? What we have now is too much extremist influence I can’t call it leadership with a straight face. What Price is calling for would only ensure more partisian politics and gridlock. What we need is SWING STATE LEADERSHIP!! Politicians who have to be moderate and can’t be outflanked by the extremists in their own party. Tom Price is an idiot.

R U Kidding Me?

January 2nd, 2013
5:01 pm

Real Athens:

Never said a thing about them being referenced in the US Constitution. So I asume you agree making all elections non-partisan is a good idea?

burntgrassroot

January 2nd, 2013
5:03 pm

I recall Aesop’s fables as stories of resourcefulness, ingenuity, and consequences. And Americans may be better served by a return to empirical methods of arithmetic and generally accepted accounting practices (excluding zero-based accounting) than economic theories, liberal or conservative. As far as Dr. Price’s advocacy of ‘red-state’ leadership, it seems disingenuous since he’s originally from Michigan(’t?), can’t answer a direct question about his ambition for the Speakership, and this type of leadership appears to be more divisive than effective. Also, some items on a wikipedia entry about Dr. Price gave me pause. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Price_(U.S._politician)

early to bed

January 2nd, 2013
5:05 pm

Aesop’s Fables and other Lib Economic Theories And you and Price think that more red state leadership is in the future for the repuke party? It would seem to me that you are not paying attention to the winds of change in your own party- if anything there will be less red state leadership in the near term- the world has seen how well your plan works to blow everything up

DJ Sniper

January 2nd, 2013
5:05 pm

War Eagle, what the hell are you talking about? Are you still clinging to the birther bandwagon? Obama’s transcripts don’t have a damn thing to do with whether or not he was eligible to run for president.

It’s a shame that some people are still holding onto that cracked out conspiracy theory.

MB

January 2nd, 2013
5:05 pm

It totally amazes me that we have men and women in Washington that don’t understand basic economics and offer not effective leadership. We are faced with an economic crisis and it is a crisis that was not created due to a lack of revenue but excess spending.

As a true conservative, I am totally willing to allow the President and the rest of the democrats to raise taxes as much as they like provided that for every dollar they increase in taxes there is also 2 dollars in spending cuts in that given year. That is an option that the democrats will never select because they are not the least bit interested in spending cuts and balancing the budget!

Kirs

January 2nd, 2013
5:06 pm

keeping it real “As bad as Boehner is, this nut case really scares me.”

Very true, and yet another GOP slime bag slithers out….God Help US. Too bad price missed the clown car when it went off the cliff….too bad.

Lars

January 2nd, 2013
5:06 pm

Oh please, go ahead and run. Make my day.

early to bed

January 2nd, 2013
5:12 pm

War Eagle A mind is a terrible thing to waste

R U Kidding Me?

January 2nd, 2013
5:12 pm

MB:

“That is an option that the democrats will never select because they are not the least bit interested in spending cuts and balancing the budget!”

Why don’t you look back and see who was the last President to balance the budget and actually pay down the national debt. I will save you the time. Democrat Bill Clinton.