Gov. Sonny Perdue was among three GOP governors who this afternoon defended protesters showing up at town hall meetings on health care hosted by members of Congress.
According to Politico.com, Perdue joined a conference call with Govs. Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Linda Lingle of Hawaii, sponsored by the Republican Governors Association.
Said the governor of Georgia:
Perdue suggested that media coverage of some of the town halls has been overblown, saying what he has seen at the town halls is “democracy in action.”
“For some Democratic legislators to call it anti-democratic is just ludicrous,” said Perdue, seeming to allude to a column by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) published Monday in USA Today that called the protesters “un-American.”
“These are citizens who are very concerned,” said Perdue. “They just want answers to their questions.”
“To be excoriated for asking those questions is just beyond me,” he added.
On the other hand, the three governors weren’t willing to go as far as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who last week denounced the Democratic health care plan as “evil.” Palin said it would include a “death panel” that would decide the fate of disabled children — including her youngest son, Trig, who has Down syndrome.
“Gov. Palin can speak for herself,” Perdue is quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, in case you thought the hoopla over health care had peaked, this mass e-mailing just arrived from Erick Erickson at RedState.com, the conservative web site:
I need some help and I’m hoping one of you who gets this might be willing to engage for RedState.
Hank Johnson is having his townhall tonight. The meeting will be from 7:00 to 9:00 at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston. You’ll want to get there by 6pm to make sure you get in.
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