Republicans are taking aim at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of her grassroots organizing event in Baton Rouge on Monday.
The Washington Post reported that Clinton’s trip to Louisiana will be the first stop in her attack on the GOP’s calls to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act.
Now Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican running for president, is challenging Clinton to a debate over health care.
“Instead of the carefully controlled campaign events that Secretary Clinton prefers, let’s give the American people a real live discussion,” Jindal said in a release from his campaign.
The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, also jumped in to slam Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton has fully embraced Obamacare, even as Americans have lost their doctors, healthcare options, and have seen rates skyrocket. Between Clinton’s support of Obamacare and her claims about her handling of classified information on her secret email server going up in smoke, Hillary Clinton continues to prove why she cannot be trusted in the White House,” RNC spokeswoman Ali Pardo said in a statement.
Clinton will rally supporters at the Louisiana Leadership Institute Monday morning, followed by a fundraising event in the afternoon.
“Hillary Clinton believes protecting, defending and improving the Affordable Care Act is a top issue for this campaign, so she plans to highlight its benefits and go on offense against Republicans for their never-ending push to repeal,” an unnamed Clinton campaign official told The Post in an exclusive preview of the stop.
Jindal has been a vocal advocate for the repeal of the federal health care law, frequently referred to as Obamacare, and he blocked the expansion of Medicaid in Louisiana. He has previously challenged Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a rival for the GOP nomination, to a health care debate. Walkers campaign never took him up on the offer. Clinton’s even more unlikely to.
“As Secretary Clinton seeks to distract the voters from her e-mail scandal, she is coming to Louisiana to lecture us about the need for bigger government and socialism. Louisianians, and people across America, will not be fooled,” said Jindal, who previously led the Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals and was assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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