White House Plans to Use DeMint’s “Waterloo” Quote to Rally the Troops

By Dotcomabc

Jul 19, 2009 9:43pm

On Friday, on a "Conservatives for Patients Rights" conference call with conservative activists dealing with health care reform, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said, as Ben Smith at Politico reported, "If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."

You should expect to hear that quote this week from the White House as they use it to rally their troops, a White House official tells ABC News.

Officials will say the people being "broken" are the American people going bankrupt paying for health insurance premiums that increase 10 percent every year, the source says, and that those who want to use this issue to break the president are doing nothing but working for insurance companies and insurance executives.

DeMint said he could "almost guarantee you this thing won't pass before August, and if we can hold it back until we go home for a month's break in August…Senators and Congressmen will come back in September afraid to vote against the American people."

This week President Obama will continue to push for the House and Senate to pass health care reform bills before the August recess. Administration officials say his newest goal: getting the Senate Finance Committee to report out a bill by Friday. That's right, THIS Friday.

-jpt

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