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March 25th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

House Dem. says vandals targeted his family after vote

(CNN) – Democratic congressional leaders Wednesday demanded Republicans join them in condemning a spate of threats and vandalism that has followed Sunday's vote on a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. health care system.

One of the Democrats who says he's been a victim of that "health care hate" is Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello. He joined us on Thursday's American Morning to share his story.

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  1. John

    I'm having trouble with this story. People are making threatening phone calls to congressmen who voted yes on healthcare. I thought being a legislator caries responsibilities and risks. I'm sure President Obama has had many threats against him, and they are not quite so publicized (not at all). But if these legislators are crying about nutty peoples, probably, idle threats then why did they become public figures. I don't condone these threats which are obviously made by ignorant people, but I wonder if the founding fathers Thomas Jefferson etal.. would be concerned with harmful words and threats ? Those were people with conviction and purpose, true statesmen, not a bunch who can't make up there mind unless they get some perc .

    March 26, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  2. wade

    FOX NEWS tuesday said the POWER of fox. wensday played the part of the movie fight club with brad pitt famous line (FIRST RULE DONT TALK SECOND RULE DONT TALK!!! this was not gleen beck but the network!!! if you have watch the movie you know its about sticking to the government/system. someone needs to call them out. the POWER saying was the first time they said it instead of fair and balance what does POWER mean

    March 26, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  3. vernon

    Krystal, if George Washington or even Thomas Jefferson were alive today - they'd all be REPUBLICANS! Why? Because the GOP has kept the Faith and the Dems turn their back on our heritage.
    What Dems are teaching is how it's OK to say Big Fxxxxxxx Deal when your the Vice President of the United States- ahhhh, wasn't that cute. It's Dems warped sense of Big Govt and social degradation that is their hallmark.

    March 26, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  4. Isaac

    To all those lawmakers seeking to repeal Healthcare Reform: Voluntarily give up your own government-paid health insurance first and help us reduce the deficit before you take away health insurance from others.

    March 26, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  5. Krystal Owens

    Dont these Republicans have others concerns about Americans , our country have deeper issues they can be working on other than death treats to Democrats. How can they protect our country if they are trying to destroy it themselves. This look bad for us in other countries when republicans are sending threats to their own. This make me glad I am not a republican . Is this what republicans are about ? Or is this ithe way republicans handles losing an election ? Is this what the republicans teaching their children to blow up or target shooting if they lose at something? I think it's pretty sad that leaders of America is acting like this. What are they really teaching our young people ?

    March 26, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  6. wade


    March 26, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  7. vernon

    Oh Allan, you have a very short memory - where was you outrage when the Dems (even Congressman/Senators) called Bush a liar, traitor, killer, and Dems showed signs at their rallies of Bush's head cut off and his body hung in effigy? You Dems forget your outlandish, dIspicable behavior. HYPOCRITES!

    March 26, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  8. Allan

    When you have people making claims that inspire fear and hatred on a major TV network, hundreds of radio stations around the nation and the Internet, why is anyone surprised when a few of the craziest people in the audience respond with threats and violence?

    Well-known broadcasters, writers and bloggers have been calling our duly elected president a liar, a racist, a Nazi, a socialist, a communist, a non-citizen and of course a "closet Muslim" for months now!

    Having a large public following carries responsibilities. Anyone with a brain knows that a certain small percentage of the public can easily be incited to hate and violence and therefore it is only prudent to temper your words to avoid driving those individuals to insane actions that cannot be repaired.

    March 26, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  9. vernon

    Obamacare can't be called Marxism, can it? Well, Fidel Castro really likes it and says it is the way US should become.

    March 26, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  10. vernon

    You should be ashamed, CNN is so totally biased against GOP. You only play Dem crank calls 100s of time but never the black guy who called GOP Rep Jean Schmidt claiming she's a RACIST & wants to kill her with his 9MM. WHY are you so UNFAIR & UNBALANCED. You are the enemies of the People and Democracy.

    March 26, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  11. Mike in NC

    Its funny to watch the Right spin this into a democratic radicals problem. These people are real pieces of work. They need replaced in November as a party by a new party of real Americans,not the America hating far right extremists that the GOP has produced over the years.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  12. rusty bingham

    Dem's screaming GOP needs to speak up about hate. They should heed their own words. Their radical left wing seem to be making targets of those Republicans, who spoke out strongly against the health care bill. Both sides have a radicals. Lets not use it as a smoke screen to get a way from the subject at hand, HEALTH CARE.

    March 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  13. End Game

    I think its good that people are starting to stand up and started do something, no matter what its for, health care, economy, education. That reminds me when all of those college student rallied because of rising school prices, did there words help keep the price down, or where they just heard and pushed aside. Keep taking action. The Revolution Begins

    March 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  14. Thomas

    I am not sure any of this happened. Notice no physicla injuries, just threats on the telephone and broken glass. With all the guns and weapons the GOP has hidden, surely someone should have a flesh wound by now, at a minimum.

    When you look at American history, who uses threats and intimidation to get their point across, UNIONS, and are they not joined at the hip with the democratic party.

    Could this not be a case of the Democrats not covering their rears and blaming the Rep. and looking for sympathy for "having" to support the health care bill.

    March 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  15. Charles Gregory

    Well gee, guess what. A great many people are very angry with the Democrats. Every night for months they hear on CNN and other networks that the majority of people do not want Obama-Care, that the costs of the programs have been fudged and shady deals have been made (Corn husker kickback, Louisiana Purchase, etc.) in order to push this thing through congress. What they are feeling is ignored by arrogantly self-righteous representatives that are paying more attention to their party leadership than to their constituents. People believe they have been defrauded by these "representatives" and completely distrust them. From such distrust revolutions begin.

    March 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  16. Mike Crockett, TX

    We are starting to look and act like a 3rd world country in our legislative bodies. This country was founded on debate and compromise. We can't start acting like 6th graders if we don't always get our way.

    I blame the Republican leadership for fanning the flames of hatred and letting things get out of hand. Have any of these wing-nuts looked at the video of the congressmen and women standing on the balcony of the congress cheering on the vitriol.

    It is time to stop, take a deep breath, and chill our jets before someone gets hurt. I will defend the right to disagree with my life's blood but I am appalled at the methodology adopted by the Republicans.

    I am a conservative Democrat and do agree with some of the Republican wishes, but elections do have consequences. They lost and now they need to learn the art of compromise or we will all suffer the consequences of their childish behavior.

    March 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm |