GOP Hopefuls Embrace Pledge to 'Repeal It'

Health care reform law opposition becomes Republican litmus test
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2010 5:04 PM CDT
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist answers questions with Orlando police chief Val Demings on the scene of a multiple shooting earlier in the day in an office building in downtown Orlando, Fla., Nov. 6, 2009.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank)
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(Newser) – The push to repeal health care reform has become a rallying cry for GOP candidates pushing for big congressional victories this year and eager to show their willingness to take on the Democratic agenda. In Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist and conservative upstart Marco Rubio agreed on little else in a weekend debate, during which Crist used the issue to appear just as ready as Rubio to fight President Obama. John McCain and Sarah Palin delivered a similar message while stumping for his re-election.

“It’s going to be repealed and replaced and it’s going to be done soon,” said McCain, who, like Crist, faces a challenge from the right. The issue also figures in a special House election in Florida, where Republican candidate Ed Lynch has called the vote “the first referendum on nationalized health care.” Supporters can trust they are contributing "towards a full and unequivocal REPEAL of the most dangerous legislation passed since this nation’s founding,” Lynch tells the Washington Independent.

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