September 30th, 2009
03:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Dem takes heat for 'die quickly' comment


(CNN) – Republicans are pouncing on a late-night House floor speech from Rep. Alan Grayson, during which the freshman Florida Democrat said the Republican health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly."

"It's a very simple plan," Grayson said in the speech Tuesday night. "Don't get sick. That's what the Republicans have in mind. And if you get sick America, the Republican health care plan is this: die quickly."

The after-hours speech, which included prominent banners behind the congressman to reinforce his point, drew immediate calls from some Republicans for an apology.

"That is about the most mean-spirited partisan statement that I've ever heard made on this floor, and I, for one, don't appreciate it," Tennessee Republican Rep. Jimmy Duncan told the Politico.

Grayson has not issued an apology, and a spokesman for the congressman said no additional statement on the matter is forthcoming.


Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, announced Wednesday he will introduce a resolution condemnig Grayson for the comments, similiar to a successful Democratic effort earlier this month that formally criticized South Carolina Republican congressman Joe Wilson for his "You lie!" outburst during President Obama's joint adress to Congress.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has already circulated several stories about the incident, eager to take aim at the freshman congressman from a swing district, who won by a 4 point margin in 2008.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is not responding to the comments.


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. R

    LOL

    Classic republicans.

    Can give it but can't take it. LOSERS

    September 30, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. victim of republican greed

    The republicans are experts in being mean spirited. The truth must hurt.

    September 30, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Dave

    Give me a break! This is no worse than "death panels", and it's actually true.

    September 30, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Wake Up

    Politicians who make comments like this (either political party) are morons, and deserve to be sanctioned and voted out. This kind of garbage doesn't help get things done, it STOPS things from getting done. That makes "you lie" outburst look tolerable.

    September 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Adam from Ohio

    So, the party that makes up lies about"death panels" and "enemy of humanity" can't stand when they are called out on their disgust for human life? Did his statement hit a little close to home, you Republican swine? Tough.

    September 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. bob in LA

    The Republicans want an apology for this yet thye have not apologized for the distortions they promoted from the healthcare bill.
    The ENTIRE CONGRESS needs to apologize to the American public for their childish behavior on this issue and the politics being played out

    September 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. ss

    Why shoud we care what the Republicans think. IT is true. Especially since they know they have the coverage. Like Liar Wilson who has had government paid care for himself and his family for decades but will not allow that for the rest of the country.

    September 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Al

    I totally agree with the congress man. If he has to apologize then all republican should apologize for claiming that there are death panels in the health care reform bill.

    September 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Scott

    Mean-spirited? It's the TRUTH! And the truth hurts, doesn't it?

    September 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Kyle

    The people who claimed "death panels" now want an apology for this? Hypocrites.

    September 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Bob in Pa

    Just a freshman rep looking to make a name and get brownie points for himself. What do you suppose N.P. promised the lad in return.

    September 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. New Yorker

    Not true, but what is true is that the democrats support euthanasia and abortion which are definitely "die quickly" methods of extermination. Now, will CNN censor this comment? Only stating the truth here.

    September 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Geralyn

    This is worse then saying that Obama's plan would have death panels? Give me a break. As usual, I am appalled by the republicans.They are ridiculous.

    September 30, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Al

    I totally agree with the congress man. If he has to apologize then all republicans should apologize for claiming that there are death panels in the health care reform bill.

    September 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Here's a new one: Republicans feigning indignancy.

    Republicans think they can come up with anything they want and throw it out at the president, and when someone accuses them of something with the same kind of rhetoric, they're severely outraged.

    The hypocrisy of the Republicans has no end.

    September 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Lori in St Pete

    He's right. I'm glad a dem finally grew a spleen and said what needed to be said.

    September 30, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Tim

    This is laughable!!! This is from the folks that said that the president wants death panels for seniors!!! What a bunch of hypocrites!!! It will be such a joy when Obama/Clinton win in 2012!!! We are already registering tons of new voters!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. jay

    Do not apologize!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Lori in St Pete

    He doesn't owe the rethugs or anyone else an apology for his remarks.

    September 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Nathan,

    I guess "die quickly" is worst than "death squads". The fact is that the republicans along with some democrats who only care about getting relected in their districts don't care if you or I have healthcare. They don't care if Americans suffer as long as they don't have to foot the bill. By the way, who pays so that these hypocrits can have the best healthcare in the nation. We do .

    September 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Jessica

    so the republicans can call the dems a "death squad" but dems can't point out that they want everyone to die quickly so they don't have to pay for health care? huh, sounds kind of hypocritcal to me

    September 30, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. WhoCares?

    They are so upset because it is the truth.

    I mean C'Mon...Eric Cantor's response in his heath-care forum showed EXACTLY THAT?

    Go find a charity? Really?

    September 30, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Ken from missouri

    Good for him democrats are finally standing up to the republicans and giving them some of their own medicine.

    September 30, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. mikee says

    Let me get this straight.......when a GOP condemns Obama as a murderer.....and nothing is done.....the GOP reacts to a DEM using a similar tactic by wanting to smash the guy......hmmmmm!!!!

    Hypocrite GOP.....again attack dogs...no answers just attack the DEMs.

    What poison...right out of the Rove/Gingrich/Limebaigh/Hannity playbook....barf!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Librarian

    And he is absolutely right. People who have no insurance die quickly in this country. Those who have insurance will be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition and will die quickly too. This is why we need health care reform with a STRONG PUBLIC OPTION.

    September 30, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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