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From “Morning Joe”:
MARK HALPERIN: I’m going to ask you to weigh in on one aspect of the President’s record now and going forward is ObamaCare. There’s some disagreement in the party. Should governors, Republican governors, Republican members of Congress now just accept it and help to implement it, serve their constituents, tell them how to take advantage of the new programs or should the party continue to fight it?
NEWT GINGRICH: Well, A, it’s clearly going to survive. He won the election and, so, he’s not going to preside over the repeal of ObamaCare. B, it’s not going to work. You’re already seeing, for example, major chains and restaurants saying, “We’re hiring everyone for 29 hours.”
MARK HALPERIN: Would you tell Rick Scott and Rick Perry, governors of big states, to work to implement this or keep fighting it?
NEWT GINGRICH: No, I would tell them to look at what’s best for their state. And if they think it’s best to implement it, they ought to implement it. If they think it’s worse for their state and they’d rather not be involved, they should have a hard-nosed look at what’s best for their state. That’s what they’re governor for. I do want to say one thing about where we’re at though. There are two mandates out of this election. No House Republican should be bamboozled into this idea that the only person who has a mandate is Barack Obama. The House Republicans have a mandate. It’s fundamentally different than Obama’s mandate and they ought to learn a lesson from Tip O’Neill. O’Neill didn’t cut a deal with Ronald Reagan. O’Neil scheduled a vote and he said we’re going to have a Democratic alternative and if you can get the votes, Mr. President, you can pass your alternative. But it’s your problem to get the votes. And Boehner would be well put not to try to cut a deal with Obama but instead to say, “Paul Ryan is going to bring forth a solution to the fix. We’re going to gather votes for it. I guarantee you you’ll get the right to have a Democratic substitute and if you can get enough Republican to vote for it, terrific.” But they do not have an obligation to concede that the only mandate in Washington is the President’s.
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