Chris Wallace spoke to Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Fox News this Sunday about the shutdown and the debt ceiling debate. When confronted with the fact that the Democrats had offered to accept spending cuts that went beyond what the TEApublicans had initially demanded, Jordon changed the subject to Obamacare. When confronted with the fact that the Treasury will run out of money to pay the nations existing debt on Thursday, he changed the subject to Obamacare again.
He insisted that the American people had sent him and his fellow TEApublicans to Washington to repeal the law and that they are merely standing on principle and that the President and the Senate are refusing to cooperate with them.
Wallace became increasingly exasperated as the interview progressed as he tried to get the Congressman to give him a straight answer.
“There’s a widespread feeling in Washington — maybe right, maybe wrong — that you’re going to have to accept in the House something that you hate, because, quite frankly, the perception is you misplayed your hands on Obamacare,” Wallace said. He went on to point out that the GOP has achieved historically low approval ratings in poll after poll. “Has your strategy of linking Obamacare to all these things backfired big time?” Wallace asked.
Jordan refused to acknowledge the assertion. “We need to delay this law, plain and simple. You can look at the polls and whatever, but we were elected to stand for certain principles. The vast majority of the American people still know this law doesn’t work, the President knows this law doesn’t work,” he replied.
Of course there is no “vast majority” that “knows” any such thing about the law. In fact, those who have actually taken the time to find out how much they are going to save under it and those who have no had insurance and now see that they can actually afford to get it have changed their minds. Approval ratings for the law have actually gone up over the last two weeks.
Wallace points out to him that neither Paul Ryan (R-WI) nor John Boehner (R-OH) are still talking about delaying or getting rid of Obamacare but Jordan remained unswayed. “There’s still a lot of members of the House of Representatives who understand that Obamacare is unfair,” Jordan said
You can watch the entire interview below.