Republican candidates must do a lot more than just fight the Affordable Care Act if they hope to win back the Senate and conquer the White House, says former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
"If the Republicans think that they can run on Obamacare and Obamacare alone, they need to rethink their strategy," DeLay told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"We need the largest number of conservatives in the Senate, the largest number of the conservatives in the House in order to stop Obama, and so we have to maximize this election," he said Wednesday.
"And the only way we're going to maximize this election is yes, beat them up over Obamacare, but more important than that is to stand up for the Constitution, stand up for the values that are laid out in the Declaration of Independence."
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DeLay called on the GOP to trigger a "revolution for the Constitution" as the midterm elections approach and then "carry it over into 2016."
He said the party must make the nation understand that the "tyrannical" federal government has to be stopped.
"We have to put in place a government that protects our rights and not run our lives," DeLay said.
The former Texas congressman said President Barack Obama's power can be effectively stifled if Congress would rally and cut off much of the funding for his programs, including the plan to spring some drug felons from prison.
"Use the power of the purse coming from the House of Representatives . . . Start holding hearings about his lawlessness; bring it to the American people through this next election," DeLay said.
"This is getting so far out of hand . . . People like Obama and Holder have gone too far, and people need to be demanding of their congressman, of their senator, even their state legislators to start coming out and taking on this federal government and most importantly Obama and Holder."
DeLay said he is disappointed in the leadership of the House for not doing more.
"People say, oh, you can't get it through the Senate. That's not the point. The point is that the House can express itself and put pressure on the Senate and especially those Democrats that are up for re-election," he said.
"That would be a perfect opportunity to not only just get involved in this election, but to make a point in this grand debate that we're having out there through the election that this president is out of control, the federal government is extremely out of control, and the American people want him to be pulled back."
DeLay said Obama's stalling of the Keystone XL Pipeline is further proof of "the tyranny" of his administration.
"Can you imagine making a political decision that affects people's lives, affects people's businesses, affects relationships between Canada and the United States because of politics?" he said.
"You know, the definition of tyranny is the arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power, and that's what this is, it's tyranny. This president — every day I'm just shocked at his complete disregard or love for this country and the people that live in it."
DeLay said he is closely watching the Texas gubernatorial race between Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, and Democrat Wendy Davis.
"I come from the school of politics is you never take anything for granted," DeLay said.
"Although, Wendy Davis keeps digging her hole deeper and deeper, and the best thing that Greg Abbott has going for him is Wendy Davis."
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