DNC Sends Out E-mail Against DeMint’s “Break” Comment

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July 21, 2009 7:43 a.m.

The Democratic National Committee is now seeking to mobilize support against Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) pronouncement that the Republicans can “break” President Obama on health care, and has sent out an e-mail last night with a petition and a donation button:

Their plan is simple: oppose health care reform as a political ploy to weaken the President and defeat his entire agenda of change. But if we follow the Republican “Party of No” and do nothing, we’ll not only ensure more of the same, but saddle our children and grandchildren with a growing burden of exploding costs and declining care that they may never overcome.

We can’t let this kind of slash and burn politics succeed. We can fight back by collecting as many signatures as possible backing the President’s principles for health care reform. A huge response will show Washington and the media that when Republicans try to “break” the President, Americans are ready to stand up for what’s right.

The e-mail is technically not a fundraising letter, as there is no explicit appeal for money — only the standard donation button that is in all the DNC’s e-mails — though obviously they wouldn’t be opposed to any contributions that might come in. Check out the full e-mail after the jump.

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Special interests and opponents of health care reform in Washington have made their priority clear: attack President Obama at any cost.

On Friday, GOP Senator Jim DeMint told a special-interest attack group that if they’re “able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” And just this morning, Republican Chairman Michael Steele backed up DeMint’s statement 100%. At the same time, the Republican National Committee is running deceptive ads to scare Americans away from the reform we need.

Their plan is simple: oppose health care reform as a political ploy to weaken the President and defeat his entire agenda of change. But if we follow the Republican “Party of No” and do nothing, we’ll not only ensure more of the same, but saddle our children and grandchildren with a growing burden of exploding costs and declining care that they may never overcome.

We can’t let this kind of slash and burn politics succeed. We can fight back by collecting as many signatures as possible backing the President’s principles for health care reform. A huge response will show Washington and the media that when Republicans try to “break” the President, Americans are ready to stand up for what’s right.

Sign your name in support of the President’s health care principles. Or if you’ve already signed, please forward this message to all your friends and neighbors.

The President has consistently argued that health care reform must: reduce costs, guarantee choice — including the choice of a strong public insurance option — and ensure all Americans have quality, affordable health care. These principles are the key to keeping our country healthy — and protecting our families, businesses, and economy from costs that are spiraling out of control. It’s the change the American people voted for and so desperately need.

But special interests and Republican leaders are so concerned with scoring points that they seem to think health care reform is a political game. They are literally playing politics with our lives and livelihood, and it has to stop.

We know that they will not “break” President Obama or the movement that supports him. And if we work together, they will not stop us from enacting the real health care reform that Americans need and demand.

Stand with President Obama on health care:

http://www.democrats.org/declare

Please declare your support today.

Thanks,

Governor Tim Kaine
Chairman

P.S. — Just this afternoon, President Obama, speaking at a children’s hospital, responded to Senator DeMint’s comment. Here are his inspiring words:

“Think about that. This isn’t about me. This isn’t about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking America’s families, breaking America’s businesses and breaking America’s economy. And we can’t afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes to health care. Not this time, not now. There are too many lives and livelihoods at stake.”

Please sign your name in support of the President’s health care principles.

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