Press Release from Republicans of the Tennessee House of Representatives, March 23, 2010:
Leaders speak out against federal takeover of healthcare
(March 23, 2010, NASHVILLE) – House Majority Leader Jason Mumpower (R-Bristol) and House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada (R-Franklin) today called on House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner (D-Nashville) to apologize for his statements calling Tennesseans who oppose President Obama’s federal government takeover of healthcare racists.
Mumpower and Casada held a press conference in Nashville to express their outrage and called on all Democrats in Tennessee to denounce Turner’s statements. On Monday Chairman Mike Turner was quoted as saying Tennesseans who are opposed to the federal government takeover of healthcare are “against Obama because he’s African-American.”
“I’ve heard from countless citizens who are opposed to Obamacare and it isn’t because they are racists. For the Democrats to call racist anyone who opposes an out of control federal government from taking over their healthcare, that is offensive and out of line,” said Mumpower. “Clearly, they are devoid of ideas and are resorting to name-calling.”
“We saw it in the last election and I’m sure we’ll see it throughout the election campaigns this fall,” said Casada. “When conservative candidates oppose Obama and big federal government, all the Democrats know to do is wag their fingers in our faces and call us racists.”
Over 1.5 million Tennesseans voted against Obama in November 2008, and the overwhelming majority of Tennesseans today oppose the massive federal bailout and outrageous federal takeover of healthcare. Mumpower and Casada said the purpose of their outrage today was to defend all Tennesseans who on principle oppose Obama’s takeover of healthcare against Turner’s charge of racism.