Dem Won't Apologize for 'Die Quickly' Gag

Comments about 'Republican health care plan' light up YouTube
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 30, 2009 11:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – Florida Rep. Alan Grayson is refusing to apologize for his snarky statement on the House floor that Republicans want Americans to “die quickly.” Last night, Grayson took the floor and declared that he had, after much probing, determined that Republicans had a two part plan: Don’t get sick, and if you do, die quickly. “That’s right,” he repeated, “the Republicans want you to die quickly.”

Republicans swung into action. Eric Cantor put the statement on YouTube, and it swiftly went viral. Rep. Marsha Blackburn asked for an apology, and the Republican Congressional Committee sent the press six stories on the incident over the next 12 hours, comparing it to Joe Wilson’s “You Lie” incident. One rep called it “about the most mean-spirited partisan statement that I've ever heard made on this floor.” But Grayson, so far, remains unrepentant. (Read more Alan Grayson stories.)