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Nunn Still On The Run From ObamaCare Questions

RNC Communications - May 21, 2014

Michelle Nunn kicked off her general election campaign today on defense, dodging more questions on ObamaCare. It speaks volumes about Nunn’s candidacy that while just 36 percent of Georgians think ObamaCare is a good idea, she still refuses to give a straightforward answer on whether she would have voted for the law. Instead of taking a mainstream position and being honest with Georgia voters, it’s clear Michelle Nunn is trying to sneak her way into the Senate so she can advance Harry Reid and President Obama’s liberal agenda.

Today Liberal Democrat Michelle Nunn Kicked Off Her General Election Campaign By Dodging More ObamaCare Questions

 

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution Headline: “Nunn Takes Victory Lap With Reed, Sidesteps ACA Vote Questions.” (Katie Leslie, “Nunn Takes Victory Lap With Reed, Sidesteps ACA Vote Questions,” The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, 5/21/14)

Once Again, Nunn “Refused To Say How She Would Vote On ObamaCare,” Sidestepping Multiple Questions About How She Would Vote. “But Nunn still refused to say how she would have voted on the Affordable Care Act, a question that has plagued her in recent weeks leading up to Tuesday’s primary in which she scored an easy victory. Speaking at the Majestic Diner on Ponce de Leon Wednesday with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Nunn said her focus is on improving President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform. Still, she sidestepped multiple questions about how she would have voted if given the chance.” (Katie Leslie, “Nunn Takes Victory Lap With Reed, Sidesteps ACA Vote Questions,” The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, 5/21/14)

  • Nunn On If She Would Have Voted For ObamaCare: “I Wasn’t There Five Years Ago.” “‘I wasn’t there five years ago,’ she said of the vote, noting she was then leading the nonprofit Points of Light. ‘What I can address right now is what we should do with the law and how we should carry it forward.’” (Katie Leslie, “Nunn Takes Victory Lap With Reed, Sidesteps ACA Vote Questions,” The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, 5/21/14)

Nunn’s Campaign Has Been ‘Plagued’ By Her Refusal To Answer Whether She Would Have Voted For ObamaCare

The Associated Press Headline: “Nunn Struggles To Explain Position On Health Care.” (Bill Barrow and Christina A. Cassidy, “Nunn Struggles To Explain Position On Health Care,” The Associated Press, 5/19/14)

When Asked If She Supports ObamaCare, Nunn Dodged Answering , Saying She Thinks That “It’s Impossible To Look Back Restrospectively.” NUNN: “At the time the Affordable Health Care Act was passed, I was working for ‘Points of Light,’ I wish that we had more people who had tried to architect a bipartisan legislation.” HUNT: “So Yes Or No?” NUNN: “So I think it’s impossible to look back retrospectively and say what you would have done when you were there.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 5/19/14)

  • Nunn’s ObamaCare Answer Drew A Sharp Rebuke From MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, Who Called Her Answer “Terrible.” TODD: “But I have to say, I thought it was such a -- nothing screamed practiced politician like that answer Michelle Nunn gave on health care. You just can't -- it just doesn't come across as credible. What's at least more credible, saying well, I supported it but I don't like this, this, and this. At least there’s a little credibility when you give that answer. When you somehow say well, I was busy doing another job.”  BRZEZINSKI: “You can't look back. Come on now.” TODD: “That was a terrible answer she is gonna have to get a better answer.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 5/19/14)
  • Cynthia Tucker, Pullitzer Prize-Winning Political Columnist, On Nunn’s Refusal To Answer A Question On ObamaCare: “Disappointed In Nunn.” (Twitter Feed, 5/19/14)
  • The Associated Press Called Nunn’s Refusal To Answer The ObamaCare Answer “Awkward.” “In GOP-leaning Georgia, Nunn's smooth glide to the Democratic nomination bumped up against her awkward refusal in a weekend interview to say whether she would have voted for the Affordable Care Act.” (Bill Barrow and Christina A. Cassidy, “Nunn Struggles To Explain Position On Health Care,” The Associated Press, 5/19/14)

When The Associated Press Asked For Clarification On Nunn’s ObamaCare Answer, Nunn’s Campaign Refused To Say How She Would Have Voted On ObamaCare. “Asked for clarification Monday, an aide issued a statement that reiterated Nunn's opposition to repealing the law and her belief that the law ‘isn't doing enough to lower costs for Georgia families and businesses.’ In the statement, spokesman Nathan Click did not answer how Nunn would have voted on the law had she been in Congress when it passed in 2010.” (Bill Barrow and Christina A. Cassidy, “Nunn Struggles To Explain Position On Health Care,” The Associated Press, 5/19/14)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jay Bookman: “I Can Attempt To Answer For Nunn: Yes, Of Course She Would Have Voted In Favor Of ObamaCare.” “I can attempt to answer for Nunn: Yes, of course she would have voted in favor of ObamaCare. Every Democrat then in the Senate voted in favor of final passage, including those from conservative red states such as Arkansas, North Dakota and Louisiana. If her father, Sam Nunn, had been serving in the Senate in 2009, he too would have voted in its favor.” (Jay Bookman, Op-Ed, “Yes, Nunn Would Have Voted For ObamaCare,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/20/14)


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