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Thursday, October 26, 2006

LIVE from BCC: McDermott addresses crowd

Congressman Jim McDermott is currently addressing the large crowd here at Bellevue Community College and entertaining us all with some enjoyable anecdotes.

"Jay and I have been living in an absolutely rubber stamp Congress for the last six years," McDermott said. He is describing how the Republican Chairman of the House Ways & Means runs the committee - "like his own private fiefdom", to quote the Congressman directly.

"We've got an agenda," he added. "Just given us the gavels back." (to which the audience roared its agreement). He reminded everyone that there is still much work to do. "This is not over until it's over," he warned. "This is an election about changing direction in this country. [Our message] has substance."

McDermott discussed lack of health insurance extensively, and declared universal health care is not only possible, but absolutely necessary for America. "It's not a question of money," he said. "It's a question of political will."

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