Allen West: 'Every Time Obamacare Draws Headlines, the News Gets Worse'
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Former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., continued his efforts to keep a seat at the political table this week, ripping into President Barack Obama and campaigning with a Republican congressman but also drawing fire from Democrats.
Following up on attacks earlier in the week, West went after Obama on Thursday over the federal health-care law.
“We need to get Obamacare off the books before it does any more damage, so it's absolutely imperative that conservatives take back the Senate and of course, hold on to the House,” West added, before vowing his Allen West Guardian Fund PAC will help “14 hard-charging conservatives to Congress this fall and thwart Barack Obama's dangerous agenda.”
While he has closed the door to running for office in 2014, West, a favorite of the tea party movement who was defeated on the Treasure Coast by Democrat Patrick Murphy in 2012, has left the door open to a political comeback in 2016. This week West helped out U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., campaigning with him at a tele-townhall event. Democrats are targeting Kline, who represents a district Obama carried back in 2012.
Democrats went on the attack, bashing both Kline and West this week.
“As if John Kline’s record of shutting down the government, supporting an increase in student loan rates, voting to redefine rape and working to end Medicare as we know it weren’t enough to prove how out of touch Kline is with Minnesota, now Kline is cozying up to reckless tea party leader Allen West,” Andy Stone, a spokesman for House Majority PAC, a super-PAC that wants to flip the House to the Democrats, said Wednesday. “He served just one term in Congress but Allen West is the very definition of tea party extremism – the very kind of radicalism that John Kline is embracing with abandon.”
Ken Martin, the chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, also went after West and Kline on education Wednesday.
“It’s hard to imagine anything more irresponsible than for the chair of the education committee to campaign with someone like Allen West who is an enemy of student loans,” Martin said. “Congressman Kline is disconnected from reality if he thinks he can campaign with Allen West, who opposes student loans.”
So far, in the 2014 election cycle, West is backing U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton’s, R-Ark., bid to defeat U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., in what is expected to be one of the most competitive U.S. Senate races come November. West is also backing Republican congressional hopefuls Dan Bongino in Maryland and Mia Love in Utah.
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