In a campaign debate on Sunday, the Republican presidential candidates discussed their health care plans, Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and conservative values, according to the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
The candidates’ statements were more personal than in the past, with the majority of the talk being about who is the most conservative candidate. The one item of agreement seemed to be an attack on Clinton and her health-care plan.
Health Care Plans
- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said health care is one of the defining issues of the debate, and that the key to his plan is to make it affordable and available to all Americans.
- Rudy Giuliani said that if America had 50 or 60 million individuals buying private insurance, as opposed to the 17 million who now do so, it would cut health care costs in half.
- Mike Huckabee said, “We don’t have a health care plan. We have a health care maze.”
Coverage of the debate
- The New York Times
- The Hill
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- CBS News (with video and photos)
- YouTube.com (in several parts)
The debate was held in Orlando, Fla. and sponsored by Fox News. Fox anchor Chris Wallace acted as moderator.