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September 20th, 2009
03:54 AM ET

Values Voter Summit

A major conservative political conference has wrapped up in Washington. It's called the Values Voter Summit.

Debate over President Obama's health care plan - one of the many issues on the agenda. Saturday speakers included former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and House Minority Leader John Boehner, who took time out to talk with TJ Holmes.


Join TJ Holmes and Betty Nguyen later this morning in the CNN Newsroom, 6am ET/ 3am PT.

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  1. Kimberly

    Hey TJ,

    I am glad that Obama is doing the interviews. He needs to really share his healthcare plan in detail. People are more relaxed on Sunday. So, maybe he will get more support.

    Unfortunately, he will not say what he really thinks about the racist demonstrators. Of course, politics as usual. Personally, I got tired of the Republicans/media harping on the context of President Carter and Nancy Pelosi, rather than getting their point. They are speaking out against racist demonstrators. I think it is time for a LEADER in the Republican party to speak out against them. Instead, it seems that they are worried about losing their support and MONEY. I find it ironic that the party that doesn't look like America doesn't mind letting the racist movement roost in their Republican Party. They think Obama is going to have problems in 2010, I think they need to wake up and smell the coffee. AMERICA IS NOT SLEEP ON THIS NEW REPUBLICAN PARTY!

    September 20, 2009 at 6:35 am |
  2. Billy Thompkins

    The only way for this plan not to be beneficial to American's would have to be racist doctor's and their heil hitler ideologies. For instance if doctor's gave their patient's medication that would hurt them even more. Some Dr. Kavorkian heil Hitler type of stuff is the only potential dysfunction to Obama's plan. A doctor that has post traumatic stress disorder or some weird stuff like that.

    September 20, 2009 at 6:41 am |
  3. Pauly

    After 8 years of conservative leadership, this country almost ended up in the greater depression. Now they say they are worried about health care & other policies bankrupting America. President Obama is trying to do exactly what he promised to do & what the majority of Americans elected him to do.
    While the media & conservatives really try to legitimize the opposition to the President, the racism started back during the campaign & has increased. Many see HCR as a "redistribution of wealth." Which of course it isn't. HCR is needed in this country & will help all Americans.
    The cry is we want "our" America back. Back from what? In a democracy, the majority rules & the majority elected President Obama to change things. Republicans have just been saying no, despite their opposition to everything will eventually hurt Americans more than the last 8 years have done.
    Americans are suffering & dying. Instead of correcting the many problems w/ health care & other matters, the right just wants to see failure in their hope of regaining power. If the current path continues & they do regain power, this country will be irreparably damaged. Thier plicies have been proven to be dangerous to our health. Thier policies won't be able to correct the problems they are causing.
    The right's motto should be, :if you can't baffle them w/ brilliance, baffle them w/ bs." America is growing tired of this approach. We elect lawmakers from both sides to do what's necessary to make this country better, not to run a re-election campaign from day one. It's time for them to start representing the people, not corporate America that is donating heavily to their campaigns!

    September 20, 2009 at 7:27 am |
  4. Scott Stodden

    I have no reason to believe that President Obama's healthcare plan wont work and shout out to President Obama for taking the time to go on all the Sunday morning talk shows cuz us Americans need to know and hear about the Obama health reform 09, not the Bacus plan which is useless, or the five bills in Congress but the Obama plan. If you have health insurance through your job you can keep your current health insurance but if you want a cheaper insurance or dont have coverage at all then you can go to the goverment public option. This is not Socialism or a goverment takeover its competition with the expensive private insurance companies. The way to pay for this is to raise taxes on the rich, people makin $250,000 or more a year and the rest would be paid for by all the money people have already paid into the subsidies and premiums. This will save the country millions of dollars and we all remember President Obama spoke about this to Congress last week and its what he campaigned on and now people who voted for him are backing away. Rep John Boehner & Mitt Romney you all have no basis to do an interview when you both have never come up with a health care plan that helps the country save money. Pass Obama Health Reform 09 now

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    September 20, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  5. Gamps

    Values summit? Though conservatives preach values, they seldom practice what they preach. Didn't Gov Pawlenty criticize the stimulus then grab the funds as quickly as he could? How many of the speakers told flat out lies about what the HCR bills would & wouldn't do? Where were Ensign, Vitter & Sanford? Reckless spending by this administration? Most of the speakers signed every spending bill Bush wanted.

    September 20, 2009 at 9:00 am |
  6. Mike

    I like Mike Huckabee because he seems to have great values. It would be nice to have a politician that I would consider a role model for children. Also, he looks a lot like Kevin Spacey, and I think we can all agree that Kevin Spacey is an excellent actor.

    September 20, 2009 at 9:08 am |
  7. Donald Ainsworth

    Rep. Boehner is suppose to be my Rep. since I live in Ohio. I say that he, and his fellow Republicans are only representing their lobbied interest and will stop at nothing to derail the Health Plan. The 40 million without health care & all who have trouple under the present system should be sure & go to the polls & vote this fall. That seems to be the only thing they understand, when they get voted out! Don from Wapakoneta, Ohio

    September 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  8. MR.AL

    "Health Care" Republicans and special intrest have made a racial circus of the health care bill. They have made a mida blitz along with insurence companies against the Presidents plan. Repulicans say they want improvement and are worried about cost.What happen in 2000 to 2008 during "The Bush Cheney Administration" they didn't worry about money then or we wouldn't be in a recession now.

    MR.AL

    September 21, 2009 at 3:41 pm |