Giuliani: Obamacare Will Define 2014 Elections

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Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 08:59 PM

By Greg Richter

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Despite Democrats' assurances that the surprise House win by Florida Republican David Jolly on Tuesday is not a harbinger of the November's midterm elections, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani isn't convinced.

In fact, the Republican Guiliani said Tuesday that he had just finished taping ads for a congressional candidate.

"What do you think the commercials were about? Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare," he said on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

Conventional wisdom holds that a candidate should not run on the issues of a previous election, but "this is going to be an exception to that," Giuliani said.

He doesn't think Democrats have any hope of regaining seats in the House, where Republicans have ruled since the 2010 midterms. Reaction to the passage of the Affordable Care Act earlier that year is credited for the GOP takeover.

Guiliani says Republicans have a good chance of gaining control of the Senate in November.

"I used to think it was 50/50. I'm now thinking it's 52/48 that we do," he said.

Cavuto pointed out that Democrats say Obamacare will be working well and gaining popularity by then.

"That was their argument three years ago," Giuliani countered. "But they're delaying it . . . If this was going to work, they would have implemented it."

Democrats, he said, don't grasp that Obamacare goes "deeper into the soul of America." People see it as taking away their freedom, he said.

"It is taking away my ability to make choices. That goes deeper than just healthcare," he said. "It's getting to almost a spiritual issue, an issue around which Americans define themselves."

Former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell called Florida's results a "disaster" for Democrats, and said that despite their denials, Obamacare caused their defeat.

"Sooner or later, they might try truth with people" and acknowledge that Obamacare isn't working, he said. But he isn't holding his breath.

Democrats want to keep it alive no matter the cost, he told Cavuto, because they have "too much political pride in this."

Art Laffer, former economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan, called Obamacare a "turkey" that is going to collapse.

"I hope everyone who supports it in [the 2014] election gets brought down with it," Laffer told Cavuto.

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