During the GOP primary he even ran an ad boasting thathe was solely responsible for stopping that outcome cold. Its widely understood that Tillis role in steering the state in a sharply conservative direction on issues such as voter ID, abortion, andthe safety net means this race will showcase one of the sharpest ideological contrasts of anycontest in the country . Less well understood is that Dems will make the Medicaid expansion a part of that contrast it will be part of the case that Tillis agenda and ideology areterrible for working and middle class Americans. Once again:Dems are already using theMedicaid expansion as an issue, to varying degrees, in multiple Senate races.In Louisiana, Mary Landrieu has made a strong moral and economic case for the Medicaid expansion , claiming Obamacares benefits are worth fighting for and that her Republicanfoesrepeal stance will put himat a distinct disadvantage. In Michigan, Dem Gary Peters has offered a moral case for Obamacare and attacked Republican Terri Land over repeal, challenging her to take a positionon the expansion there.Land refuses to say where she stands. Other Republicans have struggled with this issue. In Arkansas, GOP candidate Tom Cotton has refused to take a position on his states version of the expansion. Todays Arkansas Times has a good piece detailing the waysits already helping people , another reminder that the politics here are dicey. Meanwhile, thehapless Scott Brown whosemain rationale for running for Senate is that Obamacare sucks is still pulling a homina homina homina on the expansion in New Hampshire. From todays Boston Globe, which nails the larger dynamic : He did not directly answer questions from a reporter about whether he supported or opposed the Medicaid expansion.Browns conundrum is emblematic of a tension facing Republicans around the country.
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