March 15th, 2010
06:17 PM ET
7 years ago

Brazile: Dems who oppose health care deserve to be challenged

A well known Democratic strategist said Monday that Democrats who oppose President Obama's health care reform plan deserve to have primary challengers.

A well known Democratic strategist said Monday that Democrats who oppose President Obama's health care reform plan deserve to have primary challengers.

Washington (CNN) – Prominent Democrat Donna Brazile is calling for primary challengers against Democrats who vote against the health care reform legislation.

"If a handful of Democrats decide to defeat this bill, they deserve to get a primary challenge to defend the status quo & insurance industry," Brazile, a member of the Democratic National Committee, posted on her Twitter feed.

The longtime Democratic strategist served as former Vice President Al Gore's campaign manager in his 2000 bid for the White House. Brazile is vice chair of the DNC's Voter Registration and Participation. She also is a CNN political contributor.

Brazile's comment comes the same day that President Obama traveled to Ohio in a final push to increase public support for health care reform.

"We need health insurance reform right now," the president said at a campaign-style rally outside of Cleveland. And "this is like a patients' bill of rights on steroids."

In the end, the president said, "this debate is about far more than politics. ... It comes down to what kind of country we want to be."

Congressional Democrats and Republicans appear headed for showdown later this week when votes on health care reform are expected to occur.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Steph

    You said it Donna!

    March 15, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. big papa

    ...and Confederate conservatives who oppose it...

    ...need straight jackets and therapy...

    March 15, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    Thank you, Ms. Brazile! You are correct.


    March 15, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. annie against biased news

    Anyone, either party who votes for the take over of our country by voting yes on this government rationed health care not only deserves not to be re-elected but also to be investigated for treason!
    this debate is about far more than politics. ... It comes down to what kind of country we want to be."
    This is the ONLY trurthful statement this president has ever uttered – he wants us to be a socialist or communist country while the majority of the people (who he doesn't listen to) wants to maintain our freedoms. This bill is not about getting more people insured it is about the takeover of our great country by evil liberal wackos. They might but a few more on the insurance rolls but everyone will receive less and lower quality health care.

    March 15, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    It's not a handful of Democrats who will be defeating this bill. It will be the majority of Americans who have made their voices heard. That is who these Democrats are hearing. Start over. Get it correct. We have time to get it correct. Really.

    March 15, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. D.

    If they will not oppose they are chopped liver, so "challenged" is not a threat at this point!

    March 15, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. Emmanuel Goldstein

    YES, by all means. The Dems should field hard core, true blue progressive social democrats and kick those DINOs to the curb in the primaries. Best if you can find really far left candidates to represent the disenfranchised liberals.

    March 15, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. ib

    We do need healthcare reform not gov. takeover as this bill that Obama is pushing does.

    March 15, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    We're looking at replacing a republican in NC with another republican that will not always vote NO like the obstructionist we have now.

    Hey – it's a start.

    March 15, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. John

    I promise I will do anything in my power to replace anti-Health Care "Democrats" with men and woman who are actually worthy of the title.

    March 15, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. Kevin in Ohio

    If they vote against the bill, they might stand a chance of getting re-elected. Not to mention the service they will do for their country. This bill is a disaster, and will bankrupt us all.

    March 15, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. jules sand-perkins

    Democrats who vote FOR the HC bill deserve to be challenged more than the vote buyers who support the bill.

    March 15, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Reggie

    Dems will loose miserably in the next election. They have acted like children.

    Shame on them and SHAME ON US FOR ELECTING OBAMA!!!!

    March 15, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14.'ve got it backwards......

    It's the Dems that vote FOR Obamacare that will be tossed out in November.....

    And, if Obamacare should be passed, it will certainly be REPEALED as soon as the GOP takes over in November and Obama is ousted in 2012....

    Obama is ONE and DONE...

    March 15, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    Yes, Donna!! And the CHALLENGE should come from the DEMS and not so much the RepubliCAN'Ts. We, the democratic people, should find another democrat who we will back that would campaign AGAINST the Dems that are in office!! Case and POINT!!

    March 15, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. jules sand-perkins

    I meant, more than those Dems who do NOT support the bill.

    March 15, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Adam

    Wow, the implied threat and desperation of the Democratic party is just amazing. Vote for this, or we'll find someone to replace you.

    March 15, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Cynthia - Arkansas

    AMEN! We don't elect these people to act like Repubican-Lites. We expect them to stand up and be counted for the middle class in this country, not the big corporations and money that the Republicans fight to defend. I think when some of them are taken out, maybe they will get the message.

    We need more like Congressman Weiner and Grayson. People with conviction who aren't afraid to speak up and challenge the GOP. Most of the time, all the Republicans have to say is "BOO" and they cower and are afreid they may not get re-elected. NEWS FLASH–the people they are catering to aren't going to vote for them anyway. Wake up!

    I had two Republicans today at work talking about calling Congressman Ross and Senator Lincoln to get them to vote against Health Care Reform. THEY WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR EITHER OF THEM! Is this who they want to listen to? They need to be more concerned about WHO WILL VOTE FOR THEM IF THEY DO THE RIGHT THING! If not, we will find someone who will represent us.

    March 15, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. JS007

    Absolutely right. These "representatives of the people" seem to have forgotten that it is not the insurance companies that pay their Congressional salaries. If you want to work for big insurance quit your job in government and go work in the insurance industry.

    March 15, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. indy

    At least there's room for disagreement and different opinions in the Democratic Party. Tolerance at its best!

    March 15, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. joe smith

    who can blame a mom for being outraged at a govn't that had her son killed..but the sad truth, the war machine in this country is so powerful, and employs thousands, her protests fall silent..too bad..wonder what the framers of the first continental congress would think of these United States now..

    March 15, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. I am the Great and Omnipotent Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    Vote "Yes" and the Republicans will try and destroy you.
    Vote "No" and the Republicans will try and destroy you.

    So why also risk a primary challenge?

    March 15, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. Gerry NH

    They don't need to be challanged they need to be thanked for selecting the American over someone's image.

    March 15, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. jane

    It is disgusting that their Party is finally in power; yet, a handful of Democrats are holding up this desperately needed health care bill. I agree with Brazile, and when election time is upon us, no stone should be unturned in order to expose them for the self-centered traitors of the Party that they really are. They are no better than the Republicans, so many of whom are simple puppets of a degenerate health insurance industry.

    March 15, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. LoveThyNeighbor

    I guess whichever ones do not vote for it, are signing away their chances of being re-elected come November huh? That includes ALL relics'!...Sam

    March 15, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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