Richard Carmona’s Absence From Charlotte Doesn’t Change His Support For President Obama’s Failed Agenda

| September 6 2012
PHOENIX – As Democrats descend on Charlotte to re-nominate President Barack Obama, noticeably absent is his handpicked candidate Democrat Richard Carmona.
Carmona’s absence doesn’t hide the fact that he been a strong supporter of the President’s failed policies – like his job-killing healthcare bill.As National Journal’s Hotline reports:
Arizona Democratic Senate nominee Richard Carmona does not plan to attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. … Carmona spokesman Andy Barr told Hotline On Call the former surgeon general does not currently plan to go to Charlotte.  (Sean Sullivan, Carmona Planning to Skip Dem Convention, Hotline, 6/26/12)
“Richard Carmona can try and hide from his party, but it doesn’t change the fact that he was the only Democrat to be personally recruited by President Obama,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert.  “Despite this election year stunt, voters know that Richard Carmona will continue to rubberstamp President Obama’s failed agenda.” 

BACKGROUND….

President Obama Personally Recruited Carmona

·       “On September 23, President Obama called Richard Carmona to encourage him to run,” said one Democratic strategist.  (Alexander Burns, Obama courts Ariz. Senate candidate, may contest state ‘heavily’, Politico, 10/06/11)
·      Carmona is one of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s favorite candidates and was personally courted by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get into the race.  (David Catanese, Bivens clears the way for Carmona, Politico, 3/27/2012)
·       Obama personally called Carmona and asked him to run, and Carmona told The Hill in February that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.) were also among those who reached out to court him. (Josh Lederman, Democrat Bivens drops out of Arizona Senate primary, clearing way for Carmona, The Hill, 3/27/2010)

Because Carmona Supports His Failed Agenda

In September 2009, Carmona Said Health Care Reform Was Essential To Contain Escalating Costs.“Before the members of the public spoke, former U.S. Surgeon General and Tucson resident Dr. Richard Carmona told the crowd that health-care reform is essential to contain escalating costs and to change a system that focuses on ‘sick care’ rather than health. He added that he’s been disappointed at how many of the forums on national reform have devolved into shouting matches.” (Stephanie Innes, “Crowd Attentive, At Times Rowdy,” Arizona Daily Star, 9/1/09)

In March 2010, Carmona Announced Support For ObamaCare, Stating “We Need To Move Toward A Health Care System, Not The Sick Care System That We Have Today. This Legislation Moves Us Closer To That. This Bill Is Not Perfect. But These Are Complex Issues And We Must Move Forward.” “Carmona served as the 17th surgeon general of the United States under President George W. Bush. Last year, he participated in series of health care town halls that the congresswoman held in Tucson, Sierra Vista and Green Valley. ‘The issue facing our country is how do we get the best care for the most people at the least cost,’ Carmona said. ‘We spend more for health care than any other nation on Earth, but the metrics of our results don’t reflect that. We need to move toward a health care system, not the sick care system that we have today. This legislation moves us closer to that. This bill is not perfect. But these are complex issues and we must move forward. And then I hope we can sit down with level heads and make it even better for the benefit of the American people.’” (“U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Announces Support For Historic Health Insurance Reform Legislation,” Congresswoman Giffords Press Release, 3/20/10)

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