Nunn struggles to explain position on health care ahead of busiest primary day

Monday, May 19, 2014 9:53 PM
Last updated 10:29 PM
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ATLANTA — Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn declined to answer questions Monday about whether she would have voted for President Obama’s health care overhaul.

Nunn refused in a weekend interview with NBC News to say whether she would have voted for the Affordable Care Act. When asked Monday whether she planned to answer the question and why she refused to do so, Nunn told The Associated Press that she plans on “continuing to answer the question by talking about where we need to go in the future and how we need to move forward.”

Nunn has said she believes states should agree to expand Medicaid insurance eligibility as part of the law. Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal has refused to do so.

Nunn dismissed criticism from her opponents in today’s primary that she has not been strong enough in embracing Democratic ideals as she crafts a centrist campaign.

“I believe that people in Georgia want somebody who will be an independent voice for Georgia, who is going to take account of the facts and listen to the people of Georgia and try and get things done that matter to them, and reach across the aisle and be willing to actually work in a bipartisan fashion,” Nunn said.

Georgia has been a reliably Republican state in recent years, and the federal health care law as a whole remains unpopular. A recent poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that 61 percent of voters believe it needs major modifications or should be eliminated. Just 9 percent said it was working well.


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