Hillary Clinton has yet to announce whether she is running for president in 2016, but in an interview that aired Wednesday, June 25, 2014, Clinton outlined how she would run in favor of Obamacare “if [she] were a Democrat running for reelection in 2014.”
Indeed, she told PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill in an interview taped Tuesday that Democrats “need to” run on President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare law.
Even if Obamacare gains traction in the coming months, Republican House members are being advised to continue hammering the health care law, a narrative the GOP believes will carry them to victory in November 2014.
If Republicans have a new mantra for the 2014 mid-term elections, it’s arguably the same as the old one: fixing, or altogether scrapping Obamacare. Arguments in favor of anti-Obamacare sentiment trending toward opponents’/Republicans’ favor can cite one of Nancy Pelosi’s treasured candidates having been brought down by unfailing support for the Affordable Healthcare Act. Pollster Geoff Garin has a bit of a different take on the District 13, Florida west coast Congressional race: “There is no evidence that the incessant and obsessive focus on repeal is a winning hand for Republicans.” A reinforcement of Garin’s message, comes not from a fellow pollster, but from Rep. Steve Israel of New York. He claims Democrat Alex Sink would have won the race against Republican David Jolly, if the election had been held in November, when a statewide gubernatorial race would most likely cause a higher voter turnout.
Trying to factor in all aspects and issues of the causes in voting patterns in a special election, with Obamacare as a significant parallel issue can be difficult – absent a survey which shows both – who voted and why.