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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Political Forecast: 2008: Republicans to focus on health care?

Excerpted from this post at Political Forecast
In the past few days, I've found it interesting that two genuinely conservative Republican potentials for the presidency in 2008 are beginning to hype health care as their premier issue for the race to the presidency. Not only is former Wisconsin Governor and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson promising to be in Iowa every week, he sat down today with Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa and told her that no other candidate is 'steeped in the issue' like he is. However, I can think of at least one Republican who would beg to differ: Krusty's 2007 breakout candidate and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. ... The healthcare angle will be a unique one to this race, particularly on the Republican side because it is an issue you haven't heard much about at the federal level from Republicans in the last 6 years or so, unless you count medical malpractice caps as part of the issue. But now you've got basically two candidates saying there is a crisis looming and at least one of them, Thompson, saying that it will be the dominant issue in 2008.

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