Town Hall Talk: Peaceful Protests in the Palmetto State
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Republican Reps. Bob Inglis and Rep. Joe Wilson (S.C.) all held town hall meetings on health-care reform in South Carolina yesterday. Unlike other town halls of late, these three lacked reports of intense backlash.
Opponents of DeMint's position on health-care reform held signs of protest but their efforts sharply contrasted "forums around the country that have degenerated into shouting matches," according to The Associated Press. DeMint advocates tort reform and competition as an alternative to President Obama's proposals for health-care reform.
Inglis, according to the SCHotline blog, said he believes people opposing Obama's plan must continue to be heard. "People are coming out to make their feelings known and voice their frustration or support. I hope we'll continue have large crowds who want to discuss health care and participate in the debate," he said.
His statement followed an editorial by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) that denounced any overly aggressive tactics in town halls. "Drowning out opposing views simply un-American," Pelosi and Hoyer wrote.
Here's a rundown of some of today's town hall meetings:
Citrus Heights, Calif. -- Rep. Dan Lungren (R) meets with constituents at Citrus Heights City Hall at 7:00 p.m.
Forest City and Cherryville, N.C. -- Rep. Patrick McHenry (R) holds town hall meetings at Rutherford County Schools Offices and at Cherryville Fire Department in the early evening. Times TBA.
Travelers Rest, S.C. -- Rep. Bob Inglis (R) meets with constituents at Travelers Rest Library at 7:00 p.m.
Washington Post editors
August 18, 2009; 8:45 AM ET
Categories: Health Reform
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