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But yesterday that congressman Bart Stupak will not seek reelection.
-- health health care reform casualties and that's what may have cost it some of the GOP are.
Quietly licking their chops over the prospect that the controversy.
Over that health care law will help their chances in the mid term elections.
Want to check in now with Indiana congressman Mike Pence who was among the Republican leaders at today's Southern Republican Leadership Conference talk about this and other things in the news.
Congressman -- you surprised that Bart -- decided not to run for re election I mean after all he's an eighteen year veteran.
He was in a fairly safe -- Rick he he got 65%.
Of the vote in the last election were you surprised.
Well good morning Brian let me say.
I was and I wasn't on the night I was because Bart Stupak is the long term.
It's serving members enjoy very broad support in -- congressional district but.
I wasn't in the -- that I don't think pro life Americans Republicans Democrats or independents.
By the fact that Bart Stupak who led an effort.
To exchange thirty years of pro life protection in the long.
For a piece of paper signed by the most pro abortion president in history I think pro life Americans were very offended to see this administration this congress.
-- -- health care legislation that provides.
Public support for abortion for the first time in our history and I expect he got an earful when he got home.
Public reaction to the health care law has been sort of -- a lot of people very upset about it as you have noted you're down there listening to Republicans.
-- I get the sense that many Republican sort of smell big victories in the fall.
As a result of this health care issue what's your sense.
Well let me say I haven't run into a lot of mixed reaction you know back in Indiana -- travel a little bit around the country over the last few weeks.
O'Brien I think the American people are very offended by this government takeover of health care I think they're offended by the way it was ram.
Through the congress with back room deals and compromise tonight I think there are offended with the very idea.
That the federal government will now the mandating that every American buying insurance whether they want it.
Are needed or not that we -- in -- motion 600 billion dollars in job killing tax increases.
And I've got it can be very candid with you and tell you that.
Whether it be my email or whether it be conversations on the street.
I've met with a tremendous amount.
Frustration and opposition and others that are -- -- gathered here in New Orleans.
-- well look I think the American people are determined to repeal and replace Obama -- and you know house Republicans will not rest until we repeal.
Obama air lock stock and barrel we're gonna we're gonna take this case to the American people gonna take -- case against.
Their failed economic policies against their plan for national energy act and you bet the enthusiasm here I like our chances.
But this isn't really about politics -- about who we are as a nation it's about the course and direction.
-- -- country Republicans are determined beyond -- the American people -- -- congressman might pinch it's -- -- you to join us on a busy day for you thanks a lot.
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