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Rendell Says Unifying the Country Is Not Enough

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell (D), whose state holds the nation's next primary, on April 22, implicitly criticized a key rationale of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, saying today that it is not enough to be a unifying figure.

"I think the important thing to understand is who's got the best solutions for the problems, not just unification. That's great, but unification is not going to bring us health care," said Rendell, a supporter of Obama's opponent, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"Senator Clinton's health care plan is far more workable, far more achievable, and it will not only give universal health care, but it will drive down costs, which are essential," Rendell added.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and Obama supporter, countered that Clinton's plan "is a non-starter, because it starts with a mandate that is unachievable in the Senate." He was referring to Clinton's requirement that every American must purchase health insurance.

By contrast, said Kerry, Obama's plan requires purchasing health care coverage only for children, and it "works up to a system where, at the back end, you may have a mandate, you will get to universal coverage."

Kerry also said that it will be very difficult for Clinton to win the presidency because of her high negativity ratings.

"Her negatives are now higher than her positives. It is very difficult to win the presidency when that's true," he said.

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Posted at 1:52 PM ET on Mar 30, 2008  | Category:  Sunday Talkies
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Rendell is speaking out against the UNITED States of America and for a DISUNITED States, divided by race, gender, age, class, etc, because that is all that Hillary will be able to produce. She will disunite us all. What solutions will be possible then? Eight more years of paralysis and the death watch for our beloved nation, with the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton dynasties. Wake up, Pennsylvanian patriots, and turn the page for US all. The UNITED States forever!

Posted by: shirleylim | March 31, 2008 2:40 AM

Casey (Obamas new found love)has reasons to work against Clinton. He doesn't like Rendell much. I dont think Obama will make casey his V.P. - he's playing with all these white men, feeling that power.
He cant be trusted and he has a long line of lies which for his short career is much more serious than any thing Clinton has done in her long public career.
He has only been a public servant for his district in Ill which is mainly african america other wise he has not done anything for any other race (demographics)
in the country.
She has worked with all races in all parts of the country including being an womens advocate. What did he do that he didnt tell a fib about?
So far I haven't read anything he hasnt padded to make it seem like he was the main person of this or that. Even his connection to the Kennedy family is made up and his Selma, Al story is a fib and being part of the Immigration Bill is a fib , being a Congressional lawyer was a fib, he said he wasnt connected to Rezko and then he said he was misstating that and said it was serious, being connected to a bigot church for 20yrs and thinking
it didnt matter. In his first book he said he wanted to get to know his black side or something like that, so he wanted to know all these seriously left types.
And all this in his short career-doesnt that just scream at all of you.
I guess in the end we , the USA will get just what we deserve.
God , people the guy doesnt have a real record. He has the resume to be a speech writer, thats it. Wake up and smell the coffee!

Posted by: mkddachs | March 30, 2008 10:51 PM

I saw Rendell speak this morning, and it is clear to me he was simply and simplemindedly repeating Hillary's blatant lies. So my question, other than "who cares what he thinks?" is this: What do we call a politician who plagiarizes a liar? Answer: Ed Rendell.

SHAME ON YOU HILLARY CLINTON!!!

SHAME ON YOU, ED RENDELL!!!

Posted by: queenskid | March 30, 2008 7:04 PM

Partisanship is the biggest problem we have in this country because it impacts every other problem. Washington has been working on the same problems for the past 40 years!!! Isn't it time we tried something new like maybe listening to each other and talking to each other and (dare I say it) getting something done for the American people?
With Hillary Clinton, we are going to relive the 90's--and for those who want to know what was wrong with the 90's: Did we save Social Security? No. Did we get universal health care? No. Did we do anything about dependence on foreign oil? No. Did we do anything about global warning? No. Did we fix our educational system? No. Did we all have fun watching Bill decipher the meaning of is? Well, yeah, that was fun.

Posted by: SueB2 | March 30, 2008 6:55 PM

Well, this is the guy who has been saying only Big Blue States matter, cant wait to turn the page on small politics. This is the US of A buddy!

Posted by: FebM | March 30, 2008 6:48 PM

Rendell sounds like an out of date party hack. Uniting people is important to both parties as neither can win without attracting a good percentage of independents. Rendell must have rocks in his head if he thinks anything good for this country is going to come out of a Washington that is so partisan it puts fighting with each other ahead of the national interest.
I just feel that there is a generational change to come and that the old party types like Rendell and HIllary are holding on to a past for their personal benefit not that of the country. Everything is great in America except for everything that is broken, right.

Posted by: nclwtk | March 30, 2008 5:48 PM

Sen Kerry has no credibility on advising on successful campaigns. He threw away the presidential election in 2004 by failing to use his resources fully and prudently. At the end of the campaign he held millions of dollars in reserve rather that put it to use in close battleground states that he could have won. His obtuse reason being that he wanted to hold it back to resolve legal issues which may arise. Baloney, I made donations to him & I wanted it used in the campaign to unseat W. He & Ted Kennedy are 2 of a kind. The creme de la creme of the extreme leftist group, "rich and thick"(Talented Mr. Ripley.

Posted by: jimc3 | March 30, 2008 5:19 PM

A house divided can not stand

Posted by: peace3 | March 30, 2008 4:53 PM

Unifying the country may not be enough for Rendall, but it is definitely where we should start. After all this is the *UNITED* states of America. My guess is Rendall knows that unifying people in this country is not one of Hillarys strong suits. And she wants to be the president of the *UNITED* States.

Posted by: mydustymusic | March 30, 2008 4:31 PM

Rendell is many things to Pennsylvanians...tax hiker, etc. but he is also absolutely astute when it comes to politics. He is correct in supporting Clinton.

Posted by: j9zig1 | March 30, 2008 3:47 PM

Hyeterically yelling jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs won't create jobs.

You cannot produce bunnies from a hat. Or can you? You really cannot put the clock back again.

It is unethical to be unrealistic and to sell pipe-dreams to people who are already burdened with their lots.

Action not words. Change that we all can believe in.

Posted by: mdsubramonia | March 30, 2008 3:34 PM

John Kerry hit the nail on the head about Rendell's idiotic claims. You do need a unifying political character such as Obama to get some legislation passed.

Hillary failed in 1993 to get Universal Health Care, and will fail to get her America's Choice Health Care Plan for the same reason.

The Senate (Republicans that is) will not support a mandate.

What Gov. Rendell fails to understand is that there is no loss of good ideas. To portray Hillary's ideas as the best is to call Obama's ideas the best since they are in the same political party.

Obama in 08!

Posted by: ajtiger92 | March 30, 2008 2:56 PM

McCain ad, If Hillary wins (steals) the nomination:

Clip of Hillary talking of her dodging bullets in Bosnia
cut to
Hillary & Chelsea look-alikes dodging bullets in Bosnia
cut to
Clip debunking that statement....children, flowers, happy Hillary, happy Chelsea
cut to:
Clip of Hillary saying that she "misspoke" & that it was because she was "sleep-deprived"
cut to:
(dream sequence) Hillary & Chelsea look-alikes dodging bullets in Bosnia....a phone is heard ringing.
blur to:
a red phone ringing at 3 am...a groogy Hillary look-alike answering the phone

announcer:
"Is this really the person you want to answer the phone at 3 am?"


Posted by: kevinlarmee | March 30, 2008 2:50 PM

Unification and political capital isn't sufficient, but it's necessary if you want to get a health care plan passed. Unversal health care has been part of the Democratic platform since the Truman administration. Surely there's been a shortage of more than just good plans since then.

Posted by: davestickler | March 30, 2008 2:37 PM

Hillarycare 2.0 will fail and set health care back 20 years AGAIN!!

Posted by: scharb | March 30, 2008 2:27 PM

Too bad Rendell did not make Philadelphia safe enough for people not to run home with their cashed paychecks. Too bad Rendell only left Pennsylvanians with min. wage jobs, so the educated youth moves elsewhere to take advantage of their talents. Too bad NAFTA, the Clinton program, let Hershey be able to move to Mexico, when the Canada Free Trade Agreement did not lose industry to low wages. Too bad PA voted anti-gay and gave us Dubya. Too bad they will vote anti-black and may give us McCain. Too bad you let prejudice work against your own self interest.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 30, 2008 2:17 PM

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