Gov. Huckabee speaks in Omaha.
The health-care reform bill expected to win passage in the U.S. Senate is an attack on “liberty” in America, said Mike Huckabee, a former Republican presidential candidate from Arkansas.
Huckabee was the star of the show at an Omaha rally held Sunday against President Obama's health care initiative. He opposes the mandate in the bill that will require all Americans to have insurance.
Huckabee said in an interview prior to the rally that the bill requires Americans to “put their liberty in the hands of government.”
About 1,800 people packed the lower level of the Omaha Music Hall for the rally. Many of them said they came to show their disappointment with Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, who is providing Obama the crucial 60th vote to get the bill passed.
They booed heartily whenever Nelson's name was mentioned.
George Skidmore said he voted for Nelson in the last election, but never again.
“Matter of fact, I'm going to campaign against him in some fashion,” said Skidmore, an Omaha accountant.
Others were kinder toward Nelson, saying they realized the Democrat was in a tough spot.
“I think he's a good guy, and he's in a very, very tough position, but I wish he would have voted like a majority of Nebraskans wanted him to,” said Lee Pavelka, a Republican from Omaha.
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