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NRSC challenges red-state Democrats to Obamacare townhall debates

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Though President Obama said the Affordable Care Act "repeal debate is and should be over," the National Republican Senatorial Committee wants to keep having that fight with red-state Democrats, in head-to-head town hall debates.

"We challenge any of these vulnerable Democratic senators or candidates to focus on Obamacare in a series of town hall meetings, explaining why so many of the promises that they made have been broken and to make their reelection a referendum on their support for a law that they claim is such a success," the NRSC's Brad Dayspring wrote Wednesday.

The challenge comes on the heels of a radio ad from Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., that attacks her potential Republican opponent for describing Obamacare as "a great idea," as he is quoted in the radio ad.

“That's right. Thom Tillis called Obamacare ‘a great idea,' ” the Hagan ad says. “So Thom Tillis thinks he can attack Kay Hagan over something he calls ‘a great idea'? Watch close -- seems Thom Tillis wants it both ways."

The Washington Free Beacon's Andrew Stiles notes that what Tillis actually said is, “the majority of the stuff that is in Obamacare is bad, because it’s not fiscally sustainable. It’s a great idea that can’t be paid for.”

There may be another layer to the ad, though. "The point is to accuse Tillis of hypocrisy in attacking her over something he allegedly 'praised,' but the first time I listened to it I thought she was attacking him simply for calling O-Care 'a great idea' in the first place," HotAir's Allahpundit suggested. "And no doubt that's how many listeners will take it -- and Team Hagan knows it, and is just fine with it. Essentially, she's trying to maneuver Tillis around into being the pro-Obamacare candidate so that she can posture as a quasi-anti one."

That's a far cry from acting like the repeal debate is over. "Democrats want to cynically insist that despite four years of polls showing that Obamacare is unpopular, that the fact that citizens are signing up for a program that they are mandated by law to sign up for is somehow a sign of popularity," Dayspring wrote. "It isn't, and they know that, which is why not a single Democratic candidate in a competitive battleground state has made their support for Obamacare a centerpiece of their campaign."

Some people like the health care law. The question is, will "the Obamacare losers outvote the winners?" as Byron York asked.

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