March 26th, 2010
06:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Stupak: Heated rhetoric will die down soon

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Bart Stupak, the Michigan Democrat who brokered an abortion deal with the White House to help secure passage of the landmark health care reform bill, predicted Friday that the heated rhetoric about the legislation will die down once Americans take the time to inspect the details.

Stupak told CNN's John King that he welcomes a healthy debate about the bill. But, he said "let's cut out the vitriol, the shrillness, the threats of violence against members and their families. We don't need that."

Watch the full interview Friday on CNN's "John King USA" at 7 p.m. ET

He said his critics on the right, who accused him of caving to abortion rights supporters in his party, are trying to politicize the abortion issue.

"Those who stood with me on this issue, our goal was, again, protect the principle, the sanctity of life, but also pass health care," he said. "And those Tea Party folks know that."

"I wish they'd take a close look at the positive aspects of this health care legislation," he continued. "When they do, I think they'll see we've had some great consumer protections. We keep people from filing bankruptcy. We provide quality, affordable access to health care."

Stupak said that after the upcoming congressional recess, "things will calm down and let's start working on our jobs agenda and move this country forward."

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  1. LacrosseMom

    Rep. Stupak from your mouth to God's ears! I pray that some far-right-nut-cases is not going to seriously hurt someone!

    GOP, your hate and your lies will not serve you well in November. We, the People expect much better from our leaders.

    March 26, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. mike kinley

    the repugs and the so called live show hosts like beck, already have a date booked for them in hell, bcos they are godless and untruthful only for political gain. they will never prevail.

    March 26, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Ellie

    I hope that it does and no one gets hurt or killed. This is NOT the message that our elected officials should be encouraging.

    We teach our children to behave and be respectful and then they see GROWN ADULTS in Congress behaving like a bunch of tantrum-touting toddlers!!! The language, the attacks, the childish tit-for-tat theatrics is beyond PETTY.

    John McCain stated on TV just the other night "this type of rhetoric has been going on for 30+ years" is irresponsible. It doesn't MAKE IT RIGHT. Just because something has been going on for years DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT. That's the problem. Our politicians condemn our youth for their behavior and yet they don't take responsibility for theirs. Shameful.

    It's these types of sentiments by Sen. John McCain and others that clearly prove it's time for them to go. They've become complacent, feel entittled and become stifled in their leadership.

    March 26, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. LoveThyNeighbor

    Yes, lets ALL get back to work! The economy is not going to stand still while people get their houses in order. We DEMAND that the politicians in Washington [who are NOT working FOR the American people] get to work on the "No child left behind" agenda along with the immigration proposals. We are NOT willing to pay for you to go on camera and say "NO" all the time. If so be it, then WE will just have to say NO come November..Sam.

    March 26, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. LoveThyNeighbor

    PS: Roland Martin hit the nail SQUARELY on the head! Too many bullies in DC and some of them need suspended!!!...Sam.
    November, November, I CAN'T wait til November!!!
    Round 2 coming up!!!

    March 26, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    We provide quality, affordable access to health care.
    If this is what he thought he was signing up for, he will be severely disappointed because the quality of health care will suffer and the costs we already know are going to explode.

    Did he also think the stimulus bill was going to create or save 4 million jobs?

    We need to rid congress of clowns like Stupak if we have any intention of recovery our economy. Decisions like this doom our economy for years.

    March 26, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Michelle

    He's assuming a couple of things. First, that these people can read. Second, that they care whether they are making logical arguments or not. Most of them think they got a tax increase from Obama, when the opposite is true. Most of them don't want government health care, but don't touch their Medicare. They are not logical, they are just angry, and until someone they listen too (unfortunately, only the truly illogical Beck and Palin seem to be guiding them!) they will never read the bill, nor admit that it was a good thing to pass. Never.

    March 26, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Elmer

    The cost of this bill's passage will be a huge loss of jobs. The bill attacks the so-called wealthy, those making over $200,000; just who are these bad-guys that the politicians in control love to hate....politicians would like you to believe they are the big company execs, the Wall Street crowd, the CEOs. But guess what; they include in far greater numbers the small business owners of this country who employ 80% of the workers in this country, working 70 hours a week, and investing after-tax dollars back into their businesses (they are entitled to some return on that as well). Now (for those who think simplistically), what is the hourly rate they really make? Not so wealthy any more are they. In fact, I think we just insured the death of a million more jobs with this bill.

    And please don't insult anyone's intelligence with claims that the recently passed jobs bill will help. Please, giving an employer $2000 to $4000 to hire someone...where is the other $36,000 or more coming from. Especially after we just raised taxes on this group of employers. Remember this when the politicians place some blame on the small businesses for not hiring more workers.

    Universal health care is a cool thing, but the way it is funded will end up making us all sick!

    March 26, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Debby

    Okay Stupak what about Medicare is that going to die down once seniors find that doctors can't afford to accept it.

    March 26, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. The Calabash Kid

    Whether these confrontational politics continue or not is up to Conservatives. If they continue their current tactics of throwing a temper tantrum over every issue, then they must continue. Rational Americans must not allow Conservatives to prevent us from solving the nation's problems.

    Actions speak louder than words, and the actions of Conservative leaders have not benefited most of the people who vote for them. Conservative leaders are working exclusively for the wealthy class, because those are the folks who benefit from what America's Conservative leaders actually do.

    Conservative leaders have made fools of their followers by arguing in favor of policies that they do not intend to implement. When did Reagan, Bush, Bush, Cheney, Gingrich, Delay, or any other Conservative leader try to shrink government, restore public morality, establish Christianity as a special belief, promote small business over global corporations, promote regional culture and regional control, stop illegal immigration, restore small-town America, or do any of the things that they praise over and over and over? Never. Never. Never. Don't listen to their lying rhetoric. To them, all that "free market" and "stop socialism" rhetoric is no more than the sales pitch of a used car salesmen. It is designed to close the deal and get you to vote for them yet again. And you fall for it every time! Can you never learn?

    March 26, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    Mr. Stupak I am a Democrat that does not share your some of your views. I do resent, however, your attempts to change existing law to further impose your views on others so much so that you would be willing to bring down almost 100 years of work. I do stand with you in support of your right to your view and I do condem the actions taken against you and your family as a result of your views. The actions taken against you and your supporters were wrong.

    March 26, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    Yep – it would die down until another rally sponsored by the Tea Party!!

    March 26, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. Philip Gordon

    Let's be straight here: Stupak and those of similar views, are not taking "principled" positions, only symbolic ones. If it were a matter of principle, wouldn't the entire issue be how to reduce the number of abortions? Whether with public funds, insurance coverage, or out-of-pocket cash, an abortion is an abortion. I wish King would have asked more pointedly what the evidence is on what helps achieve the goal of the so-called principles Stupak espouses.

    March 26, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. John

    The only reason the heated rhetoric will die down is that the republican lies exposed to the light of day will soon be apparent to all.

    March 26, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Desmond in Canada

    Congratulations Mr. Stupak. You are a man of principle as well as intelligence – a combination not often found together.

    March 26, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |

    I agree, the heated rhetoric about the legislation will die down once Americans take the time to inspect the details.
    The anger comes from mis-information and the fear of the unknown!

    March 26, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. willard bullock

    Iam belived that stupak are wrong but I can show cnn news about my old friend was born what happened about her
    I need cnn should own see what happened about her was born too big leg as same is elephant
    That is true iam feeling keep praying for my old friend so god will take care of her son

    March 26, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. terry,va.

    Did you notice all these companies coming out in the last few days saying how much this bill was going to cost them? AT&T said today and extra 1 billion in one quarter of operating. Where the hell where these companies voice before the bill? Where their opinions suppressed?

    March 26, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. ran

    Stupak is the one who is politicizing this issue. Abortion belongs between a women,her family and her health care provider.

    We need a constitutional amendment allowing a women to have an abortion if she wants one.

    It is time to stop the insanity over this issue by a select group of people who want to dictate their moral/religious ideology onto others.

    You don't want an abortion then don't have one but stop telling others what you don' like.

    March 26, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  20. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The "heated rhetoric" isn't about to die down any time soon.

    The very public conniving, politicking, special deals, and other sorts of scheming and plotting that went into the passage of this law over the objections of a majority of American voters has left a lot of Americans feeling betrayed by their own government. And they're right to feel that way–America is supposed to be a democracy where what a majority wants is supposed to be the way things go. In this case, the Dems made it perfectly clear that they didn't care in the slightest what Americans wanted.

    That kind of betrayal, especially on top of the already low opinion people had of Congress and government in general, won't be forgotten any time soon.

    Regarding the comments regarding the merits of the new law, whatever they may be, they're of benefit to only a small percentage of the people who will be forced to pay for them, and they're being purchased at far, far, to high a cost, a cost most of us find frightening.

    March 26, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. the truth is

    ya did good, Stupak.

    Congrats on making a difference in history that will benefit us all.

    March 26, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. catmomtx

    Unfortunately I don't believe the heated rhetoric will die down. Republicans/conservatives/right wing/ Obama haters have gotten completely out of line. Republican leadership continue to condone the rhetoric, they promote it and then deny the impact it is having on our country. They only say something when they have to and then it is begrudgenly. Besides, this heated rhetoric has little to do with health care reform or any other policy of this administration. It has everything to do with the first African American elected as President of the United States. Why I say this, because Republicans can not find one thing that they can agree with. Read the responses regarding the arms deal. If President Obama thinks it is good the haters will rail against it as if it will destroy our country. They have become unreasonable and it is totally out of control. What a sad thing for America.

    March 26, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. annieL

    Although I am firmly pro-choice, I thought Rep. Stupak made a strong case for TRUE pro-life, pro-family values when he announced his change to "Yes." He was just as passionate about delivering healthcare to pregnant women and their newborns as he was about protecting the unborn. I believe he did far more for the pro-life cause by supporting the healthcare bill than all the other rabid, hateful, anti-freedom, anti-woman, right-wing, fundamentalist pro-lifers have since Roe v. Wade. Young women who see a pro-life man advocating and acting for their total health and well-being will be far more likely to consider bearing a child with the knowledge that THEIR lives are also valued. I was mad at him at first for blocking the bill and would have still been mad if he hadn't changed his position. But he pulled it out in the end and I respect him.

    March 26, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |