Snowe: I Won’t Let My Party Dictate My Vote on Health Care Reform

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Here’s the latest development in the Snowestakes: Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) says that though she’d prefer health care reform legislation to have broader Republican support, she’s not going to let her party dictate her vote on the issue.

“Obviously, I’m a Republican, but I’d like to have more Republicans,” she told CNBC’s John Harwood.

But asked whether having more Republicans is a requirement, she said, pointedly, “no…I’m going to support the right policy.”

Yesterday, I noted that Snowe believes her party has changed, leaving her an isolated moderate. And it’s sounding more and more like she’s resolved herself not to cave to pressure from the right to stand with the GOP in opposition to health care reform.

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Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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