Thousands rally at MN State Capitol to “kill the bill”

A day after congressional Democratic leaders announced their final legislative push to enact a bill to overhaul the nation’s health care system, opponents rallied in Minnesota to send a noisy contrary message.

By Bob Von Sternberg
Star Tribune

…Dozens of times, the crowd members, a combination of Republicans, social conservatives and Tea Partiers, chanted, “Kill the bill! Kill the bill!” urged on by a half-dozen speakers.

The headliner and clear crowd favorite was Republican Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann, who said Democrats “are spending us into bondage we can never dig ourselves out of.”


Photo by Kyndell Harkness

Gazing out over the flag-waving, sign-wielding crowd, she said: “This is awesome. This is our country. We own it!”

Bachmann and other speakers urged listeners to vent their outrage to Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation in the days leading up to the final vote on the bill, potentially within a week…

…”For some reason,” said Second District Republican Rep. John Kline, “President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Harry Reid can’t hear you. I can’t understand that.”

Saying, “We need to start over,” Kline was greeted with a roar of approval, causing him to rhetorically invoke Obama, Pelosi and Reid again: “Can you hear this?”…

Read the entire article at the Star Tribune.

Ed Morrissey was at the rally and posted his article and photos at and video of his rally remarks here, too.

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