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March 25th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Hoyer: Health care threats are unacceptable

(CNN) – There was a small health care victory for Republicans overnight. The Senate, plowing through a mountain of GOP amendments, hit a procedural pothole.

Two flaws in the health care "fixes" will send the bill back to the House for another vote. It comes as the health care conversation turns ugly, with House Democrats becoming the targets of harassment, vandalism and even death threats.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is calling on both parties to condemn threats and harassment of House members. He joined us on Thursday's American Morning.

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  1. Dara

    The Republicans started this crap last year during the general election and when they had the chance to tone it down they just played it off. If they don't try to de-escalate it, it will come back to bite them in the a#$. John McCain was one of those few that ratcheted it up and when he lost the election didn’t he and his Joe buddy turn on each other. Matter of fact they all turned on each other including his pig in lipstick. What do you think is going to happen when the Republicans lose again big time, come November? McCain again had the chance to show some sort of leadership role while he was being interviewed on CNN and again he played it off like the senile idiot we saw that could only handle one task at a time (ill advised decision to suspend his presidential campaign to butt into the economic debacle). Throwing rocks through windows, putting coffins outside a person home, cutting the gas line to a person home are all the type of intimidating tactics that were displayed during the civil rights decades, and please don’t tell me that that wasn’t a form of terrorism. Both parties need to talk to their fanatic fringe base and get them to tone it down before someone is killed over this nonsense. If you are angry let your representatives know with focus debates during town hall meetings and at the ballots during elections.

    March 26, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  2. Jim in KC

    Harmful threats are unacceptable, period! But, it shouldn't come as a surprise, considering the polar opposite viewpoints of this legislation. America was built on this level of freedom of expression. What you're hearing from america is not republican or democrat. What you're hearing is american, with politicians trying to make affiliation or opposition out of convenience for their respective political perspectives. At some point Americans are going to turn their backs on both political parties. Neither parties support the good of americans anymore.

    March 26, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  3. SteveUpNorth

    Stupak and I are of different opinions, but for god's sake I don't wish death upon the man!

    This is a truely frightening time for americans, not because of some vote, but because of the large number of armed crazy people who are riled up.

    March 26, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  4. Patricia

    The republicans are acting like spoil brats who didn't get their way and are throwing a tantrum or better yet they are acting like mobsters of organized crime when things don't go their way.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  5. RM

    This is just ridiculous. What is up with this uneducated, uncivilized, caveman-like behaviour? I mean, for one, this bill is trying to HELP the citizens and residents out. And secondly, fine i get we have the rights to our opions but....death threats?? Seriously, America, behave like civilized adults of a "super-power" nation which sets examples to other nations. This is just unaccpetable.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  6. Mitchell

    CNN when the other side does it you practice your famous "defensive indifference". You are so one sided and biased it is no wonder that the cartoon network has higher ratings.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  7. kristi b

    Who are Republicans really mad at? THEMSELVES! but true to form they must blame someone else. The long stretch of years that they held both houses of Congress and the Presidency has brought America to its knees! From two failed wars to runaway healthcare, from Katrina's Brownie to banking genius Paulson, the Bush a...dministrations regulators and appointees were asleep at the wheel. Republican Americans couldn't even wait until Obama was in office one month before they started trying to blame him for it all – to deflect their own culpabiliity. And now like a bully on a playground, when the bull they are trying to pass off won't fly, they resort to vitriol and violence.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  8. lala

    Please leave that man Hoyer alone we all have to answer to god one day so let it be.And also please stop all this fighting among each other i children and many others do not like it and they or tired of it and me to. Put so good ideals together for the health reform bill both partys and be happy I am happy about the bill my family is so so the fighting . PLEASE STOP FIGHTING EACH OTHER FOR THE CHILDREN SAKE. lalal

    March 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  9. Howard

    The Republicans have raised the tension over the health care bill because they support the big business interests and have duped the baggers into doing what they do best, yell, scream, and make threats. Maybe if the Republicans pushes through a health care bill when they were in charge this would not be an issue. the problems that this bill addresses where there for a long time.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm |