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Some GOP leaders now admit they may have overplayed their hand and worry that the “repeal the law” strategy promoted by the party’s extreme conservative base could backfire on election day.
First, any chance for repeal is remote at best and failure would not sit well with the right-wing grassroots that’s long on emotion and short of political common sense. Second, polls show growing public support for the new health care law and if that trend continues, a campaign strategy could prove disastrous by election day.
So GOP leaders are advising their candidates to tread lightly on the “repeal the law’ strategy and focus instead on jobs and the economy.
“The number one concern of the public is jobs and people losing their homes,” Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee told the Associated Press.
Cronyn added that candidates should look at how the health care bill plays at home before going out of a limb on repeal.
“Candidates are going to test the winds in their own states,” Cornyn said. “In some places, the health care bill is more popular than others.”