The President on the ACA

 Posted by at 18:28  Politics
Sep 262013

NBC News reports:

President Barack Obama dismissed what he called the “antics” on Capitol Hill over the budget to keep up the sales pitch on his namesake health care law Thursday.

Slamming “irresponsible” congressional Republicans who have threatened to shut down the government or prevent a raise in the debt ceiling if the Affordable Care Act is not defunded, a defiant Obama said the health law won’t be derailed.

“That’s not going to happen as long as I am president,” he said during an appearance at a community college just outside Washington D.C.’s Beltway. “The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”

I’ll admit he was on fire. He spoke for nearly an hour without notes or teleprompter. This is the Barack Obama I remember from the 2008 campaign. Watch and listen for yourself.

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Sep 262013

The local Dallas/Fort Worth NBC affiliate has revealed that Wendy Davis will indeed run for Texas governor next year on the Democratic ticket…

Sources: Wendy Davis Running for Texas Governor

Two people with knowledge of the decision have told The Associated Press that Democrat Wendy Davis is running for Texas governor.

Two Democrats spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt her formal announcement scheduled for next week.

The 50-year-old Davis is the state senator who catapulted to national stardom this summer with a nearly 13-hour filibuster in the Texas Capitol that temporarily blocked new statewide abortion restrictions.

Davis campaign spokesman Hector Nieto would not confirm that Davis is running for governor.

No other Texas Democrats have entered the governor’s race. Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his candidacy this summer and is the early favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry is not seeking re-election after 14 years in office.

Senator Davis will definitely have an uphill battle against Greg Abbott. Abbott is heavily funded and is the Tea Party darling in the race.