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Roger Stone: Obama All Wrong on Healthcare

Friday, 07 Aug 2009 05:20 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Veteran political analyst and Republican strategist Roger Stone tells Newsmax that President Barack Obama is "sincere" about his efforts to take the U.S. toward socialized medicine — and "sincerely wrong."

Stone, who worked for Richard Nixon's campaign and later as a political strategist for Ronald Reagan's presidential campaigns in 1980 and 1984, also said the Democrats are wrong to downplay the growing unrest over their healthcare reform plans.

Over the past few days, Democratic lawmakers holding public town hall meetings in their districts to discuss healthcare reform have been bombarded by anti-overhaul protesters. Democrats have responded by criticizing the protesters, with Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada accusing them of trying to "sabotage" the democratic process.

See Video: Roger Stone Says Obamacare Opposition Dangerous For Dems - Click Here Now

Newsmax.TV's Kathleen Walter asked Stone about the Democrats' reaction to the town hall protests.

"I think the reaction of the Democrats to the growing grass-roots opposition to the cost and dimensions of Obama's healthcare proposals is really dangerous for their party, and a total misreading of real public attitudes," he responded.

"Demonizing opponents of healthcare and attempts to minimize the level of opposition in the country might sound like good politics today, but it really demonstrates how out of touch with public opinion the Democrats are...

"Here's what the Democrats don't understand: There's a substantial difference between harnessing public dissent that growingly exists, and manufacturing public outrage that doesn't really exist at all. The Democrats' own polls show growing unrest with Obamacare. They're trying to pretend it just doesn't exist."

Walter asked if Democrats are likely to listen to this opposition to healthcare reform.

"I think they've made it clear they intend to pass it in the Senate with all Democratic votes if that becomes necessary," he said.

"Socialized medicine has been the goal of the Democratic Party since at least 1964. And here's their golden opportunity, when they have both houses of Congress and a president who is ... a conscientious, true-believing socialist. He really thinks this will work. He really believes it will be better for the country, and he really intends to push it through. So I give him credit for being sincere. He's just sincerely wrong."

Referring to Obama's slipping support in the polls, Stone declared: "The president had enormous political capital. He's starting to spend it. He has loaded trillions and trillions of dollars on top of the national debt. He has spent billions and billions of dollars that we don't have, all with the promise that this will create jobs.

"The jury's out. I would say if by the end of 2011, having spent all this money, having gone into all this debt, there are no jobs, then I say: Order the butter and jam because Barack Obama is toast."

Stone added: "He's going to have to dress up Obamacare and put the best possible face on it he can. But at the end of the day I think this could be the beginning of the end of the Barack Obama presidency."

See Video: Roger Stone Says Obamacare Opposition Dangerous For Dems - Click Here Now

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