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Grayson: Who cares about Olympia Snowe?



Rep. Alan Grayson just wrapped up a floor speech where he said Democrats are too worried about trying to gain support of moderate counterparts like Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine.

Snow0620 "I want to remind us all Olympia Snowe was not elected president last year," the Orlando Democrat said. "Olympia Snowe has no veto power in the Senate. Olympia Snowe represents a state with one half of one percent of America's population. What America wants is health care reform. America doesn't care if it gets 51 votes in the Senate or 60 votes in the Senate or 83 votes."

Grayson has already said he will not apologize for bashing Republicans last week but for good measure, and looking directly into the C-SPAN camera, he said it again. "I will not apologize for a simple reason: America doesn't care about your feelings. ... But America does care about health care. If you're against it, then get out of the way. Just get out of the way. ...

"America understands that there's one party in the country that's in favor of health care reform and one party that's against it. And they know why. They understand that if Barack Obama were somehow able to cure hunger in the world, the Republicans would blame him for overpopulation. They understand that if Barack Obama could somehow bring about world peace, they would blame him for destroying the defense industry. In fact, they understand that if Barack Obama has a BLT sandwich tomorrow for lunch, they will try to ban bacon."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:21pm]


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