President Obama’s speech in Maryland Thursday defending his health care overhaul from a host of GOP critics homed in on an utterance of one of his biggest detractors, Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann.
“I mean these are quotes,” Obama said. “I am not making this stuff up. And here’s one more that I’ve heard. I like this one. We have to, and I am quoting here. We have to ‘repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.’ Now I have to say that that one was from six months ago. I just want to point out that we still have women. We still have children, and we still have senior citizens.”
The president was quoting a speech Bachmann gave on the House floor six months ago: “The American people, especially vulnerable women, vulnerable children, vulnerable senior citizens, now get to pay more and get less. That’s why we’re here, because we’re saying let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let’s not do that! Let’s love people, let’s care about people. Let’s repeal it now while we can.”
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."