Republicans Attack ‘Obamacare’ at Parma GOP Rally
PARMA, Ohio — The Middle-Class Promise Gap Tour rolled into Parma’s Kentown Shopping Center on Pleasant Valley Road Thursday afternoon to what seemed like an overwhelmingly enthusiastic crowd of Republican supporters.
Onboard were former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, two of the Republican Party’s brightest stars. They’ve been traveling across northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania to highlight what they said are differences between what President Barack Obama promised voters four years ago and what he’s given them so far.
“Thanks for coming out. Have you had enough of Barack Obama?” asked Pawlenty as he took the stage.
The former governor barely had time to say his hellos when a small but vocal group of protestors started shouting, “Pawlenty, go home, Pawlenty, go home.”
It was a disruption one elderly man in the crowd tried to silence by pouring a bottle of water in the face of a protester, who refused to be silenced.
“You know guys, you know what we should do, we should send Barack Obama home,” Pawlenty said to the crowd as it cheered him on.
The former governor told the audience it was the victim of a long string of broken promises that led to high unemployment, a growing deficit, and an unpopular health care plan.
“When he was passing Obamacare he said, ‘You know what, everybody’s gonna be able to keep their health care insurance, and healthcare insurance is gonna go down,’ and now we’ve seen the effects of Obamacare. He broke his promise, didn’t he?” shouted Pawlenty.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal took the microphone and rallied the crowd with a question credited with helping put Ronald Regan in the White House.
“Are you better off than you were four years ago?” asked Jindal. When the crowd responded “No,” Jindal said, “Then it’s time to get rid of the most liberal, most incompetent president we have seen since Jimmy Carter.”
As for the claim made by Democrats that President Obama is still cleaning up the mess left by the last Republican administration, former Governor Pawlenty had an answer.
“There’s no doubt the President inherited a tough situation, but his policies of more taxes, government-run health care, more regulation, certainly aren’t helping jobs that have made the recovery worse,” he said.
Those who weren’t protesting seemed to agree with the message coming from the “Middle-Class Promise Gap” tour.
“I feel like everyday somebody is taking something else away from me,” said Kim Lord, of Cleveland. “I feel that we ought to be able to work hard and have opportunity,” she said.
“I just think there has to be a different direction,” said Sally Dash, of Parma. “I think he’s had his time, and he hasn’t proven anything,” she said of the President.
Hers was a message with which Jindal and Pawlenty were armed as they boarded their tour bus headed through Ohio and on to Pennsylvania.