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House GOP insists Grayson apologize as 'die quickly' backlash grows




House Republicans are working furiously today to rally against Orlando Democrat Alan Grayson's bombastic speech last night in which he said the GOP health care plan is "Don't get sick" or "die quickly" if you do.

Rep. Tom Prince of Georgia wants Grayson to apologize. If he doesn't, Prince has worked up a resolution that matches the one Democrats passed against Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., now famous for his "you lie" remark during President Barack Obama's health care speech to Congress.

The resolution uses the same words as the Wilson one, saying Grayson's behavior "was a breach of decorum and degraded the integrity and proceedings of the House."

It's payback time, courtesy of Florida's most unpredictable representative in Washington.

The Orlando Sentinel has weighed in with an editorial calling Grayson's attack "outrageous" and calling on him to apologize. Read it here.

And Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele issued a statement: “Rep. Grayson’s comments were a calculated scare tactic and smear, and they are flat-out wrong. If the Democrats are serious about the importance of civil debate on the floor of the House, then both Nancy Pelosi and President Obama should condemn Alan Grayson’s outrageous and completely inappropriate comments and demand an apology.  This is more proof that when Democrats are losing the national debate, they resort to making outrageous claims and impugn those who would dare disagree with them. The American people have soundly rejected the Democrats’ government-run health care experiment, and no amount of vindictive attacks against Republicans will change that fact.”

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:20pm]


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