McCain acknowledges GOP can't stop health care plan

McClatchy NewspapersDecember 20, 2009 

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, President Barack Obama's Republican rival for president last year, said Sunday it's unlikely the GOP can now stop the Senate Democratic health care bill.

Asked if anything can be done to derail the Democrats, McCain told "Fox News Sunday," "Probably not. But what we can do is continue winning the battle of American public opinion."

Republicans have been stressing recent polls showing pluralities of Americans are wary of the Democratic plan. But since Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson said Saturday he plans to go along with the 57 other Democrats and two independents who plan to back the bill, it's almost assured of passage later this week.

But, vowed McCain, "We'll fight the good fight. We will fight until the last vote. We owe that to our constituents, because we can't -- we must do everything. We must look back and say, 'We did everything we can to prevent this terrible mistake from taking place.' "

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service