Press Release from Rep. Eric Swafford, R-Pikeville, March 24, 2010:
(March 24, 2010, NASHVILLE) – Representative Eric Swafford (R-Pikeville) stood up for millions of Tennesseans Monday evening on the floor of the State House of Representatives, asking Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner to apologize for racial comments made to the media earlier that day. A newspaper quoted Turner as saying, “I think some of the people who are against Obama are just against Obama because he’s African-American.”
Representative Swafford took issue with the comments Monday night, saying the millions of Tennesseans who oppose the government takeover of healthcare are genuinely concerned about the issue. He stated, “This is an issue people are truly passionate about. They are taking time out of their day to call their Congressman, their United States Senator—some of them took time off from work to go to Washington, D.C.—because they are genuinely passionate about this,” he continued. “It is unfair and offensive for them to be called racists simply because they disagree with an out-of-control, out-of-touch policy crafted by the tone-deaf Democrats in Congress.”
A transcript of Representative Swafford’s remarks on the House floor is below.
“Ladies and gentleman, I think it’s a shame that when conservative Tennesseans on principle disagree with the federal government takeover of their healthcare, and our citizens take their time, energy and effort to contact their elected representatives, and all that one member of the Democrat leadership in this House can do is call those individuals racists. I am referring to some statements made by a gentleman that is my friend who I have asked to apologize for those comments. Ladies and gentlemen, calling one and a half million [… interrupted …] to imply that one and a half million Tennesseans who voted for someone other than our President are racists or to imply that individuals that disagree with a federal government takeover of our healthcare system, to imply that they disagree with that because they’re racist is simply preposterous. And again I would ask my dear friend to apologize for those comments.”
Please click here to view the video of the remarks.