Politics & Government

January 17, 2010

Obama: More than a Senate seat at stake in Massachusetts

President Barack Obama put it on the line Sunday for the people of Massachusetts — the entire Democratic agenda ranging from expanded health care to fighting big banks may rest on whether they vote Tuesday to send a Democrat to fill out the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's unexpired term.The president's stake in the outcome is huge, particularly for getting an overhaul of the nation's health insurance. The Democrats must keep the seat to maintain the 60 votes they need in the Senate to pass the health care proposal over Republican objections.

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