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Former Governor Slams Anti-Brown Attack Ads

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 10:20 AM

The Democratic Party blundered badly by airing a series of ads warning GOP senate candidate Scott Brown would kill healthcare reform. Stopping ObamaCare is exactly what most Massachusetts voters want, former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift said Monday.

Swift, a Republican, told Fox News On the Record host Greta Van Susteren that the shifting tide favoring Brown transcends the poor political performance of his opponent, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Blaming Coakley for what may be a political debacle is wrong, she said, regardless of the shortcomings of her campaign.

"I don't think it's fair," Swift said on the Fox program Monday. "Listen, we have elected a lot of lousy Democrats in Massachusetts. Scott Brown has run a near perfect race, but you have to do that when you're the Republican candidate because of the numbers…

"This is about the direction that the Congress is leading the country, and it's making a lot of people nervous. The national Democrats are running these ads saying, 'If you elect Scott Brown, he's going to kill health care.'

"I think those are the dumbest ads I've ever seen," she said. "That's why people are voting for Scott Brown, because they want to kill this iteration of health care. They want to send it back to the drawing table. They don't think it's the right bill for Massachusetts or the country."

Swift said Massachusetts voters consider ObamaCare to be "not a good deal for Massachusetts." It already has a massive, state-regulated healthcare system with many consumer protections.

"But more importantly," Swift said, "what we have learned in Massachusetts is when you try to increase coverage but don't control costs, it's unsustainable. So the federal government has put tons of money in here, but even our state government in a bad economy can't afford the health care system that was passed.

"And so we've learned the lesson that making these wonderful promises to folks, when you haven't figured out a way to control coasts and pay for it, is a formula for disaster," she said.

Swift added that Democrats had thought they had the race locked up and were taken by surprise.

"But why not?" Swift told Susteren. "Why wouldn't they think that? It's always been the case for . . . I'm trying to remember if I've been alive for there to be a Republican U.S. senator [from Massachusetts]."

Several recent polls have shown Brown leading with margins that approach double digits, but whether that will be enough to overcome the vaunted Democratic political machine in Massachusetts remains to be seen.

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