January 19th, 2010
09:25 PM ET
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King: If Brown wins, Obama may need a new health care strategy

John King: If Republican Scott Brown wins Tuesday's special Senate election in Massachusetts, President Obama will have to decide how to pursue his top domestic agenda item without 60 votes in the Senate.

John King: If Republican Scott Brown wins Tuesday's special Senate election in Massachusetts, President Obama will have to decide how to pursue his top domestic agenda item without 60 votes in the Senate.

Boston (CNN) – If Republican Scott Brown wins Tuesday's special Senate election in Massachusetts, President Obama will have to decide how to pursue his top domestic agenda item without 60 votes in the Senate.

If Brown wins, Obama's strategy for passing a health care reform bill is "a fascinating question," CNN Chief National Correspondent John King said Tuesday night.

"The burden really would be on the President of the United States," King explained, reporting from the Brown campaign's election night gathering.

If elected, Brown has said "he would go to Washington and he's happy to talk to the president about health care and he's happy to cooperate. But that he doesn't like the spending in the bill and he thinks it would raise taxes.

"So the question is: Does the president say 'forget what happened in Massachusetts' and try to rally the Democrats? Or will the president suddenly get conciliatory and reach out and maybe back pedal a bit and try to make a deal?"

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Dodd Democrat...

    They need to START OVER and do it right.

    The current bill is not good for Americans.....unless you are a Politician, Insurance Company, Pharmaceutical company or some other person or entity receiving a BRIBE to vote for this bill.

    This bill will hurt the POOR and MIDDLE CLASS and we will not stand for this type of corruption.

    January 19, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. Bbear

    "Forget what happened in Massachusetts"? What about those middle of the road Dems that might jump ship? In BOTH houses?

    January 19, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Jack

    After this election the people of the United States have realized that we want to have the freedom of choice, not what Obama, Queen Pelosi and Prince Reid wants to shove down our throats

    January 19, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. valwayne

    The people of MA have sent a message to Obama and the Democrats in Congress on behalf of the entire nation. Dump the current health care bill. Work with the Republicans to put together something simple that includes a ban on restriction on preexisting conditions, a ban on cancelling policies when someone is sick, allowing healthcare plans to be sold in all 50 states, tort reform. If the Democrats don't listen and keep up the corruption this Obama slapdown will just be the beginning!!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Erin

    The Massachusetts special election does nothing but prove what lemmings the American people are and what an idiot Martha Coakley is.

    January 19, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. Just Me

    They had better find some way to get it passed.

    January 19, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. debinaz

    this is a message to washington/ if you cant do the job that you were hired for then its time that you quit..by the way we hired you and now alot of you are going to fired...we dont want your health care plan in any way shape or form...fix social security and mediare ...you folks in washington spent all the social security and medicare money ....maybe you folks in washington serving and pony up your own money and take care of all the debt you forced upon the american people.....this is election is about a message / we dont want what you folks are offering (health care, cap and trade,and your foolish way that you respond to the war on terror)

    January 19, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Dave

    Sure. The strategy is reconciliation. It's too bad the Democrats don't have the guts to use it. The last time I checked, the Dems have a majority in the Sentate. It's time they acted like they actually won those seats...

    January 19, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. Lee in TN

    Who really cares what John King thinks. King has never been able to hide his republican leanings. CNN needs a nuetral host for their State of the Union program, or they are going to lose viewers.

    January 19, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. Helena

    It does not matter whatever President Obama decides to do. I and my family & friends support President Obama 100% and are against the party of "NO" the Republicans. The Republicans seem very selfish. Health care is not a priviledge for a select few – it is a human rights issue and everyone deserves health care.

    January 19, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. Dave

    obama needs to find another job that is not related to the success of the Amercian people and this country. Let him be the president of a fishing boat out in the middle of the ocean!

    January 19, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. John in Indy

    its called scrapping the 2000+ page monster that no one wants, joining with republicans in front pf the c-span cameras, and creating a SIMPLE reform bill that truly tackles the problems and is a zero-gainer on the 25 year projected deficit/debt outlook.

    January 19, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. Obama ... worst President ever!

    Yes, he will. Sorry dems, your 15 minutes of fame (destroying America) is over. Happy Trails! Don't let the door hit you in the ass! You are not going to ramrod some ill prepared and incompetent Health Care Plan down Americans throats.

    January 19, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  14. Fed Up

    Start back pedaling folks.

    January 19, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  15. josiah

    way to go Obama – real great – someone or many should be fired for their lack of creativity and foresight in predicting this – if this is how Boma runs his ship then they deserve to lose the majority – I'm a Democrat and I'm sick of the LAME, weak, and pathetic way Democrats are conducting themselves and the people's business – way too busy playing crap politics and blustering form an incoherent mob of idiots – do you realize what your slack attitudes and vision have just allowed to happen – really OBAMA – where is the CHANGE – you ain't done nothin!

    January 19, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. Anthony

    Clearly the democrats have failed by not getting the bill done last year. Bush pushed through his gigantic tax cuts that added trillions to the national debt with 51 votes. CHENEY'S VOTE.. The dems just dont have any balls. Fighting among themselves in the senate and house has left them with nothing. GOOD JOB. They have failed to deliver on what they promised, A FULL YEAR WASTED!!!!! They deserve to lose the majority for not having the balls to just pass it with 51 votes. Majority rules in this country. They let a few loud voices and republican scare tactics control the debate

    January 19, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. GARY

    Suddenly get conciliatory with the party of no. Only in america are the press and people such fools. The gop screwed the american prople for years in favor of big buisness. now you neanderthals are going to put them back in power. UNBEILIVABLE IM GLAD TO BE CANADIAN.

    January 19, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. A.B.

    President Obama has to reform healthcare and do it ASAP or else his presidency and credibility will be irreparably damaged!! The same goes for the Democrats!! There is alot at stake for everyone as well as for the President and the Democrats. They must do what ever is neccessary to pass healthcare. If they fail, they are toast!!

    January 20, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  19. Unemployed Dem

    Scott Brown will win in MA.

    Do you think the President will feel the earthquake that is about to strike Washington? It will start in MA.

    Time to wake up and realize that 27 million voting Americans want jobs. They want you Mr. President and all of the members of congress to stop wasting time and tax dollars on trillion dollar legislation and find a way to put Americans to work.

    "Its the economy stupid" is an old saying for a reason, because its true.

    Time to create 535 new jobs in the US congress. Who is with me?

    January 20, 2010 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  20. Preston k

    kermit the frog if you let the gop vote for health the gop will cut any thing that will help people

    January 20, 2010 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
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