Clinton: ‘Terrible Mistake’ for Dems Not to Address Obamacare Head-On in Midterms

A top Democratic pollster said recently that Democrats should not be defending Obamacare in the midterm elections, but Bill Clinton has a decidedly different take. He told RealClearPolitics in an interview that Democrats shouldn’t run away from the argument, they should embrace the controversy and confront the argument head-on.

Clinton warned that if the Democrats attempt to back off their own recent history, they “risk contempt” from voters for not sticking to principle and he believes that, for once, Democrats need to stop retreating every time there’s the mildest of controversies about some policy or political position.

“I thought that Democrats had a tendency to shy away from things they had done that were unpopular, (and) talk about positions they had that were popular. And that my own experience had convinced me — going back to ’94 and even more when I was governor — that that was always a terrible mistake. That you had to turn in toward all controversies and embrace them — even if you said you were wrong or a mistake was made. You couldn’t not deal with it.”

Despite that support, Clinton did say last November Obama should “honor the commitment” he made about people being able to keep their health care plans if they liked them.

[h/t The Hill]

[edited photo via Kate Wellington]

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