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November 23rd, 2009
10:50 AM ET

RNC targets Dems who could swing health vote

The fight over health care reform is getting personal today.

Republicans have released a new ad targeting a handful of moderate Senate Democrats, accusing some of them of being "sell-outs" because they voted in favor of continuing the debate on their party's health care reform bill.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele spoke to Kiran Chetry on Monday's American Morning, saying the Democrats are overstepping their reach on health care reform.

Read more: Health care debate tests political pragmatism

Filed under: Politics
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  1. Mitchell

    I think that Michael Steel, for some reason, doesn't think that our nation should be heading toward being a bankrupt and socolist country....strange.

    November 24, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  2. CraigB

    As a former Republican (30 years) it is sad to state that Michael Steel has zero credibility about anything. Anyone that makes a statement, and then bows to extremists like Rush Limbaugh with an apology becomes a nobody immediately. He knows less about real health care reform and what is required than Palin and a wet rock.

    November 24, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  3. Jane/Seattle

    Never, ever try to assist the American people suffering due to errant government/corporate policy! Never, ever speak the real truths that capitalism has obfuscated! Never, ever, help the really vulnerable who need the help due to the circumstances that mostly capitalism creates! never, ever evne acknowledge that this system is flawed and does not want to take any responsibility for Causing the awful conditions it likes to profit from and market! What a bunch of nuts you must think so many of us are in your attempts of falsify the real truths. Will the 5th Estate ever rise up to assist We The Real People or will you continue to do the bidding of your financial masters? You all need to stop ignoring the elephants (the facts you so diligently hide) in the livingroom as you place false ideas before us in this never-ending lust for power and money! Not all of us fall for these deceitful tactics you all practice so well! These fakers just try to do their own part for their rewards from the 4th Reich! We are on to you all! It takes Knowing to read between the semantic acrobatics you all play! Ha!

    November 23, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  4. jay m

    The Republicans don't even want to talk about reform,they don't want to make the Insurance bosses mad.

    November 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  5. chollie

    I am not a Republican but I appreciate the fact that some group is out there arguing against the "health care reform" proposals. I am glad to see that CNN is providing time to air some of the opposing opinions.

    ALL the American people do not want the type of "health care reform" that the federal government is currently attempting to shove down our throats. I would add, if the American people would really look at this entire issue, and read these bills, none of the people would want this bull, er, I mean, bill.

    Why can't people pull their heads out and see that health insurance is not health care. Health insurance premiums do not drive the cost of health care. It is the other way around. Any fool with half a brain should know this.

    Health care providers are the most powerful players in this debate, not the insurance companies. The insurance companies are not health care providers, only payers. The fact that the insurance companies are being "thrown under the bus" should tell you something.

    I give up. This is just sad.

    November 23, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  6. hongli

    I am predicting that Michael Steele will be kicked out of the RNC sometime in 2010. He's just being used by the extreme Right Wingers.

    November 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  7. Mitt

    I am also very disappointed in CNN because
    Kiran allowed Michael Steele to get away with
    a lot of lies; though I am not surprised. It's a theme now on CNN.

    November 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  8. John

    Kiran, I'm disappointed by your interview of Republican Chairman Michael Steele. He stated that the health reform bill shouldn't have been voted through because it hasn't been debated. First, and most important, the purpose of the vote was to allow debate, not to pass the bill. I expect our news anchors to know the difference and to hold public officials accountable when they purposely mislead.

    Second, the bill has been widely debated even before going to the Senate floor and the American people want it. I very much support airing both sides of a debate but I expect you to hold these officials feet to the fire and not let them get away with such blatant falsehoods and misrepresentations.

    November 23, 2009 at 11:06 am |