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Friday, June 11, 2010

 10:41 PM 

Kaine challenges GOP to run on repealing health care

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine challenged Republicans to run on a platform of repealing heath care reform, saying they will be beaten “like a rented mule” should they do so.

The former Virginia governor pointed to benefits reform has already brought, such as banning denial of coverage for preexisting conditions, providing a rebate to seniors for the prescription drug “donut hole,” and providing coverage for children up to age 26, and questioned what the response would be if Republicans tried to take that back.

“I hope the Republicans run on repealing health insurance,” Kaine said. If they do so, he added, “We'll beat them like a rented mule come this November.”

Kaine spent much of his speech praising President Barack Obama

With the help of Democrats, Kaine said Obama expanded health insurance for children in his first month in office, guaranteed for equal pay for women, appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonio Sotomayor, signed the Post-9/11 GI Bill for veterans, is working to end “don't ask, don't tell,” and passing health care reform, which he held up as being as significant as the passage of social security and civil rights legislation.

He also said that by the end of 2010, more job will have been added under Obama than were under the eight years of President George W. Bush.

Kaine said the even though the midterms will be tough, he predicted Dems would do well in November because they have a successful president and strong candidates.

Kaine praised Doyle calling him an “excellent steward of the state in challenging times.”

He praised Dem guv nominee Tom Barrett, saying he has “heart and steel and backbone.”

Kaine accidentally said Barrett would make a great governor of Virginia

“We could use him in Virginia, the guy we've got now has some problems,” he quipped after correcting himself.

-- By David Wise

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