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Sen. Rockefeller (Sort of) Stands by Comments About Racist Opposition to Obamacare

This week Senator Jay Rockefeller made the rather bold assertion that Obamacare critics are motivated by racism towards a black president. Rockefeller received a strong rebuke from Republican colleague Ron Johnson, who took offense at being implicitly called a racist, and today Rockefeller stood by his remarks (sort of) while talking to reporters.

According to POLITICO, Rockefeller didn’t repeat the same claim outright about racism, but he didn’t back away from it either. He said, “People oppose things for a variety of reasons. That’s all you’re going to get from me… It’s a part of life. And it is a part of American life, and world life, and it’s a part — just a part — of why they oppose absolutely everything that this president does.”

He did say that the opposition is “basically for political reasons,” but that it’s also hard to discount “other factors” that contribute.

You can watch video of the Rockefeller-Johnson spat here:

[image via Jay Rockefeller]

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