Monday, August 10, 2009
The Senate’s second-ranking Democrat slammed recent town-hall protests over health care on Sunday, insisting they violate “the democratic process,” while the Senate’s top Republican accused Democrats of “attacking citizens” with such complaints.
Speaking to CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said: “We have these screaming groups on either side. That isn’t helpful. Let’s be honest about this. Town meetings are not bean bag. I’ve had hundreds of them, and sometimes folks get upset. And that’s part of America, part of our process.
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“But this is clearly being orchestrated, and these folks have instructions. They come down from a Texas lobbyist in Washington.”
Durbin said that when “there’s a group of people honestly sitting in the middle trying to ask the important questions and get the right answers, and instead someone takes the microphone and screams and shouts to the point where the meeting comes to an end, that isn’t dialogue, that isn’t the democratic process.
This article was posted: Monday, August 10, 2009 at 8:29 am