Exclusive: Rep. Steve King on ObamaCare, Tea Party, and Constitution Day

posted at 10:55 am on September 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier this morning, I spoke with Congressman Steve King (R-IA) in an exclusive interview about new developments on his discharge petition to repeal ObamaCare. King got the first Democrat, Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS) to sign the discharge petition earlier this week. He remains about 40 signatures short of forcing Nancy Pelosi to schedule a floor vote on the repeal bill, but getting the first Democrat to sign the petition shows more bipartisanship for repeal that Pelosi had for ObamaCare’s passage, King points out. I asked King why the other Democrats who voted against ObamaCare haven’t signed the discharge petition, even though they now use that vote to protect themselves in their re-election campaigns, a hypocrisy which King hopes their opponents will highlight in the midterm elections:

I also spoke with Rep. King about the tax cut expirations facing Congress, and he didn’t mince words about his disappointment with John Boehner’s remarks from last weekend on that subject. King questioned the wisdom of playing the “hole card” at the beginning of negotiations rather than the end, and said that the conservative caucus felt discouraged by his apparent concession. Thirty Democrats have signed up to extend all of the expiring tax cuts, which means Pelosi and Barack Obama are on the extreme side in this debate.

King also talks about the Tea Party and Constitution Day, for which his office released the following celebratory statement:

“Our Founding Fathers who drafted the United States Constitution were brilliant men who understood the threat posed to individual liberties by a large and intrusive federal government,” said King. “One of the ways the Founding Fathers sought to limit the power of the federal government was by reserving powers to the individual states, and to the people themselves, at the expense of a national government that would otherwise inappropriately claim them. The inclusion of the Tenth Amendment in the Bill of Rights was a means by which our Founding Fathers intended to stop the destructive reach of a growing federal government.”

“Events occurring on September 17, 2010, underscore the importance of the Tenth Amendment. Today’s federal government has become so brazen that it claims the ability to penalize Americans for failing to purchase government approved health insurance, a power the Constitution’s drafters never sanctioned. It is the Tenth Amendment that stands in the way of these kinds of attempted power grabs by the federal government, and as Americans celebrate the anniversary of the Constitution’s signing they should also celebrate the inclusion of this important protection against government overreach.”

Be sure to watch it all.


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disappointment with John Boehner’s remarks from last weekend on that subject. King questioned the wisdom of playing the “hole card” at the beginning of negotiations rather than the end, and said that the conservative caucus felt discouraged by his apparent concession.

Boehner should learn a lesson. Either tow the line, or hand the leadership to someone who will.

maverick muse on September 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Michelle Bachman is on fire right now!
dnlchisholm on September 17, 2010 at 10:59 AM

That’s my girl, but she is as liable as the rest to keep government off our backs and clean up congress. She has more of my money than I care to confide, I hope she understands it comes with some expectations.

Bishop on September 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Love me my Iowa Steve King!

lovingmyUSA on September 17, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Ed

Thanks for these one-on-one interviews. I like them much more than the regular shows because there are fewer problems with your open sores production values.

You should really try to get your new overlords to give you a small production budget.

gh on September 17, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Thats my guy and he’s mostly right although I do think that Boehner in fact dodged a bullet from the sympathetic presstitues in turning the argument back by saying IF THATS ALL THEY COULD GET THEY WOULD TAKE IT!

dhunter on September 17, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Boehner is not a leader, he is part of the old establishment. He expects to become the leader of the house, just as they expected their choices to win their primaries. Not so fast my friend.

Kissmygrits on September 17, 2010 at 12:05 PM

I didn’t even know there was a Constitution day. Kinda like flag day, maybe?

abobo on September 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Ed, that was an excellent interview. You ask very pertinent questions with developed follow-up questions and remarks.

Rep. Steve King also is a wonderful spokesman for conservative, Constitution-supported values. He is knowledgable and articulate about issues and what is going on in Congress and in the US. He is the person who should be interviewed on the Sunday talking-heads’ programs because I don’t think that he would be diverted by the media’s talking-points “narrative”.

Nicely done all around.

And BTW James Taranto has been citing your blog entries in an admiring way with frequency.

onlineanalyst on September 17, 2010 at 12:24 PM

The discharge move is brilliant. The timing is perfect.

Expose the weasels. He still has a few from the right who haven’t signed.

Schadenfreude on September 17, 2010 at 12:53 PM

[Schadenfreude on September 17, 2010 at 12:53 PM]

Agreed. It’s time to get on the phone, send e-mails and confront House members (who are candidates) in public on whether they have signed the discharge petition and if they haven’t, then why not.

Put the pressure on. Let’s get the vote done before the election and make it an election issue. The time to start taking back our government is now, not Nov 3rd, or January 2011.

Dusty on September 17, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Perhaps Steve King should get some consideration for Speaker, if this election goes like we all hope it will.

Edouard on September 17, 2010 at 1:18 PM

At our taxpayer-funded school, we are having a panel discussion on Constitution Day about how “the people” have, er, too much power (initiatives etc.) and how that’s ruining society.

PattyJ on September 17, 2010 at 1:26 PM

At our taxpayer-funded school, we are having a panel discussion on Constitution Day about how “the people” have, er, too much power (initiatives etc.) and how that’s ruining society.

PattyJ on September 17, 2010 at 1:26 PM

You must be in California?
/me too…

Mary in LA on September 17, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Correction: http://steveking.house.gov/
steveking.com is parked.

leftnomore on September 17, 2010 at 3:34 PM

I really like what I know about Steve King. I hope we hear more from him.

pannw on September 18, 2010 at 2:40 PM