Skip to comments.Barack Obama threatens to withdraw support from wavering Democrats
Posted on 03/15/2010 1:12:56 PM PDT by Schnucki
The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.
A one-night presidential appearance can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds which would otherwise take months to accumulate through cold-calling by campaign volunteers.
Mr Obama's threat came as the year-long debate over his signature domestic policy entered its final week.
Mr Obama is personally telephoning congressmen who are still on the fence this week, in between several personal appearances devoted toward swinging public opinion.
Yesterday he visited Strongsville, Ohio, home of cancer patient Natoma Canfield, who wrote to the president she gave up her health insurance after it rose to $8,500 (£5,600) a year. Mr Obama repeatedly has cited the letter he received from the self-employed cleaning worker to illustrate the urgency of reform.
Though Congress has already ignored several deadlines set by the president, March 21 is being treated by all sides the final target date, at which time all options would have been exhausted. The president has postponed an overseas trip by three days to see reform through.
Apart from arm-twisting by the White House, an advertising blitz that could cost £20 million by the end of the week, about the same level of a presidential campaign, has been aimed at about 40 undecided Democrats in the House of Representatives.
Most are conservatives who are worried that their support would cost them their seat in November, as the bill has become unpopular with a majority of Americans.
Others are anti-abortion advocates concerned that the proposals would not do enough to prevent government funding of abortions.
The US Chamber of Commerce has led a coalition of organisations opposed to reform, while pharmaceutical companies and Left-wing groups have joined forces to support reform and are urging
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This gets funnier all the time. It reminds me os the Uncle Remus stories. Ol’Brer Rabbit, when stuck to the tar baby, pleaded with Ol’ Brer Fox not to throw him in the briar patch. Which was, of course, exactly what Brer Rabbit wanted to be throw. He could navigate through the briars because he was smaller than Brer Fox.
By the time the elections come round Onada will have made such a pariah of himself that demrats will welome any excuse not be seen with him.
This mean’s the dems do not have the votes and are probably not likely to get constitutionally correct votes.
That is not to say that we can back off the pressure. Got to keep the heel on Onada’s neck.
*O* Coatails are toxic!
visual aid for the younguns
Hmmmm now there’s a threat....
Given that all the candidates that received his support so far have lost, what’s the problem?
Given his status in the polls, that promise should boomerang on him and cause more Dems to vote against the bill!
He should have threatened them WITH support if they voted NO.
What a putz.
Gotta give credit where credit is due...the dims KNOW how to Whip the vote.
Alas, I'm still betting they don't have the votes.
"Threatens?" "Reverse Midas Touch" Obama?
Clueless English press unfamiliar with the fact that most Americans now despise Obama.
The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.Said Democrats: "Whew! Our plan worked!"
Wait... that’s not a threat, that’s a gift.
You're doin' people a FAVOR by not showing up. Ignoramus.
That's no threat.
That might help the GOP finally kill this monstrosity.
Was this a threat , or a reward????
“Barack Obama has said he will not campaign for any Democratic congressmen who fails to support health care reform.”
Anyone Barry campaigns for is the kiss of death!
Actually, this might be a good thing for the Dems; seems like the candidates that Obama campaigned with recently lost all their elections. Each and every one.
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