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Friday, January 22, 2010

Vic Snyder at home

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 5:10 PM

U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder did a round of interviews today with reporters who'd called last week after his surprise announcement that he wouldn't seek re-election.


Finally, we overcame our technical difficulties to get some video posted (above). On it, Snyder compares the Democrats in Congress to sailors: He says they should know better than to sail against the wind to get what they want, which is legislation that would begin to fix the country's broken health care coverage system. He calls the characterization of the legislation in U.S. Chamber of Commerce ads as lies. He says that if Congress does anything, it needs to make Medicare sustainable, which it's not currently. And, he told Leslie Peacock, though it didn't make the tape,  that he's hoping to get the role of Rooster Cogburn in the new film version of True Grit.

Meanwhile, here's an interview by Jan Cottingham at Arkansas Business with Snyder and his wife. Snyder sharply criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision ending the ban on corporate expenditures on federal campaigns. He also said his decision was made weeks before some adverse poll numbers and that his wife had equivocated because she didn't want anyone to think the decision was prompted by fear of a tough campaign.

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