Why Another Repeal Vote?
Chris Stirewalt and his guests discuss the health care repeal vote.
- Duration 7:57
- Date Jul 11, 2012
Chris Stirewalt and his guests discuss the health care repeal vote.
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We are here simply killing time because everybody knows CNN has already down -- this bill so we know it's never -- come -- thought.
Place they do it says SA yesterday -- -- -- we're not trying to make on here we're making political points.
Is there and gosh darn truth that was congresswoman Louise Slaughter Democrat from New York saying that the only reason Republicans.
Were continuing to call for votes on repealing the health care law.
Was to put Democrats in a difficult position.
And this is power play and that's kind of what they like to do -- congress and make sure they have to give some time to making with the laws of the rules -- the stuff but basically.
What this especially this phase of the year the big interest is -- Creating excruciating.
Moments for your political opponents and people who have seen a lot of those excruciating moments come and go our David Drucker from roll call and run by the Republican strategist.
And -- when you were out working.
In the senate when you were working for the speaker of the house you have been on both sides of this of this process where you were either didn't squeeze -- during the squeezing.
The Republicans today hope to force Democrats to the goal here I would -- -- tell me this is right.
The goal today for Republicans is not to get Democrats to switch and vote for repeal but that they would vote to.
Hole -- -- to uphold the law right that's the whole thing yeah.
I haven't been as you know it is this is -- really important time -- you're putting.
Lawmakers on record between now and when they get out of here to campaign is extremely important.
Putting putting lawmakers on record regarding how they feel about health care policy of all taxes.
If they switch their votes that's an even better message frankly you can you can -- the president with these votes are more -- arching message -- it's largely defined.
Now by the fact that in 2010.
Lots of democratic lawmakers were thrown out because of their support for.
Obama's health care law.
Right and that and did what they wanted their thinking back to guys.
Who in 2010.
There were some Democrats David that even though they voted against the law still got.
Tangled up and it got voted out right -- and and don't forget there are voters out there that don't look it.
This the way we do in terms of well you should only can hold a vote if it's going to pass otherwise it's being wasted -- political.
They're people in America that want congress to do the right thing in their view and so if they want obamacare overturned it should be voted on.
Most Republican voters most conservative voters most independents who lean conservative want obamacare gone right and they'd like to see the house Republican majority the only Republican power center right now -- Washington.
And do something about it and so I think for those reasons it was important I think if you look at overall.
The law is still not broadly popular with the American public.
Accurate opposition to the loss stirs a lot of passion for conservative -- Republican activism.
And contributions to candidates and so I think that.
It's a it's a net win for four house Republicans to hold the vote.
I do think for Republicans in the party it's important to to.
Cast this as an economic issue as opposed to a health care issue and it's critical issue and say we're getting rid of this and you can have a job getting rid of this so you can keep the coverage you already have we're getting rid of this of -- -- have a job you can get a race.
If these focus strictly about political health care fight and they could lose the kind.
And John Roberts did give the red team a little bit of -- boost on that one by saying this attacks it's not going to be about mandatory health insurance is not going to be litigation -- going to be a fight over is it.
Appropriate for the government to compel an individual by assurance that this is now -- attacks and so that that helps Republicans right -- -- -- -- right and if you -- -- -- -- you're basically saying here's another economic hardship you have to deal with especially for people on battleground states.
Here's you know here's something that's going to cost you more money and that's a million people don't like if you sell it that way.
Why are so quickly -- university is -- the Internet knows one of my favorite holes they do but they do a good job it's reliable -- -- -- good they have national poll out today.
And it -- the race deadlocked 4643.
Still about 6% undecided.
And a lot of good numbers for Romney down in terms of issue orientation and things that tell me that if -- that 6% had to go vote today.
Did he get.
You get more often than the president.
So but as you look through the thing that interested me.
Is that in the wake of that health care decision and I wrote about this today is that the Republican base remains.
A Republican said they were enthusiastic about November compared to 32% for Democrats it's up for Democrats and Republicans but that Republicans were able to step it up stepped it up yet again tells me that what we talked about in terms of day.
Enthusiastic Republican based health -- real deal right.
Correct it -- it shows you that.
For Republicans there is no upside to ignoring this even if the race was you're gonna lose and saw Democrats you're gonna.
Annoying independence in major party with you I point out what I want what I thought was -- -- if you poll was that.
And I was surprised president Obama's favorable number.
Higher than Mitt Romney's was underwater.
At 45 this is what they -- -- unfavorable 47.
And it's very dangerous for president who's otherwise in trouble in 2004 for all the trouble -- president George W.
Bush was -- His personal faith was always above fifty even -- his job approval would and so I'd like to see some further polling over the next.
You know eight weeks or so to see if there's more evidence.
I would actually just like to see.
-- establishment media narrative stop being he's well liked -- people like him but they dislike his policies.
Now because and I think run if you can put it nonpartisan and a for a second there's always a cost with negative ads.
To -- negative ad producer there's always some blow back you throw mud you're gonna get a little splatter back -- you what you hope is and this is the case for the president with Romney.
That he is going to jump so much on him and his Swiss bank accounts and everything else and just totally.
It's totally cover them.
That whatever blows back on -- won't be so bad I wonder in this case that for the president who had the brand is transformed a nice guy.
Michael oxman called make Charlotte mystic healer.
That that that that stuff.
Does it do more damage for somebody who had a -- like that before.
-- -- it actually is doing brain damage if he's here -- it when he elation is negative ads it's gonna hurt someone but.
He sees -- he's looking at a cost benefit of this thing he asked him.
Put -- away as soon as possible.
Before those -- start to solidify and people think I can pull a lever for him he'd rather have us like ability go down some wide -- and take Rania.
Because he's got -- I'm in that cost GS and -- again.
He can -- he had he has.
-- historical nature of his presidency is the first African American president.
He has his wife and family who are very popular people like them a lot he has sixteen weeks.
And he's got to cash advantage right now so David doesn't make sense that if you were going to take a hit to your saves now's the time to do.
In the summer when most people are on vacation and not engaged don't forget about conventions in early September late August.
The president can do big positive -- and everybody's paying attention and he -- didn't you mr.
hope and change again.
He's got his record to worry about but he -- He's the president which means.
If he can run he's got a two part -- right right -- he's got it.
Get to a point where people want to replace the president but also are willing to hire him right the president's got -- one part -- keep the jockey to jockey the other guy on -- and unacceptable alternative.
See this why we like them this is why we like having them out here on the Internet television we -- gonna take --