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In this deal Democrats today labeling them reckless radical appeasing the -- body.
How should Republicans respond to that.
Let's ask a formal Republican presidential candidate and Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum -- the -- Sounds like the Republicans are in full retreat sounds like you got beat what's your judgment.
-- it is certainly doesn't sound good but what I see from the house Republicans is not a willingness to accept defeat and there doesn't resolve to continue to it to fight.
Four reasonable restraints on spending and reasonable changes to -- book two Obama care.
That benefit the American public and I think they have every right to stand firm on those things they're not asking for he thing.
Radical or anything extreme quite the contrary.
What they're asking for here is fairly minimal compared to what -- -- on the table just a couple of months ago now.
I understand this new plan that's just breaking now they've retreated in one area.
The original plan it was that they're trying to suspend the medical device tax for two -- that demand has now been dropped the medical device tax stands.
That surely is a retreat.
Well like -- said before I I don't think I would if I was that house Republicans I would not be retreating from what I think are solid things that that they can ask for and any negotiation.
And and be able to stand firm update.
They've suffered all the hits they're gonna suffer for coach shutting down the government -- -- creating the default.
You know that the polls are as bad as they're gonna -- I think capitulation at this point.
I would actually show that it's you have sort of the American public.
That they were on the wrong side of this argument I don't think there on the wrong side of this argument obamacare is a disaster it's hurting the economy is hurting average people out there right now.
And we need to stand firm and continue to fight.
I'm very practical things that that they put forward in these in these negotiations.
And not let the the ridiculous comments of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi calling them extremists are being.
You know let them back pocket of the Tea Party that's just foolishness I mean this is this is the rhetoric that they use all the time -- this extremist rhetoric.
That we should not be counted -- any -- we need to stand up and fight them.
If you if you wanna stand up and fight who in the Republican Party in congress stands up against the rhetoric of Harry Reid.
And former speaker Pelosi who is that forcefully but is it a question of -- -- Do you have the personality in congress that stand up and fight.
While there's certainly a lot of people out there who have been standing in fighting this you know there -- the the other leaders I think John Boehner certainly has made some fairly forceful comments.
The senate has been well let's say less forceful.
And and disappointed in that regard.
But I think the -- the ball game is in the house the senate Republicans are clearly not up for the fight anymore.
Which is unfortunate.
But I think the house and the house Republicans should be.
I don't think there's anything to be gained at this point by capitulation.
It we need to stand firm and continue to fight for reasonable changes to make sure that the American public is protected from this horrific law.
And any type of -- further expansion of government spending.
A B I thought that maybe is a good idea to just let Obama -- roll out and destroy itself.
Well I'd look at what.
What the the house Republicans are proposing right now is not stopping obamacare from rolling out they've sort of abandoned that.
What they're talking about is a good couple of very minor things.
That would -- that are having a devastating impact on on workers right now in the economy.
-- and at least.
They can get rid of some things that even Democrats have voted for the tasks like getting rid of the medical device actually netcast.
I would almost half the Democrats in the senate supporting senator Richard sort of Rick Santorum with thank you very much indeed for joining us this afternoon Rick thanks so much -- thank you serious fine now.
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