Rep. Steve King Explains How ObamaCare Could Cover Illegals, MSNBC's Shuster Dismisses Arguments as Politics

<div style="float: right"><object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=GdkUprvkpr&amp;c1=0x0C49DF&... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=GdkUprvkpr&amp;c1=0x0C49DF&... allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div>Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) appeared on MSNBC around 3:40 p.m. EDT today to defend Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) claim that President Obama was lying about Democratic health care reforms not ensuring &quot;public option&quot; coverage of illegal immigrants. [MP3 <a href="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/09/2009-09-14-MSNBC-Sh... target="_blank">audio available here</a>]<p>King explained at length about Democrats voted down Republican amendments to put in place an enforcement mechanism to check the legal status of public option applicants.</p><p>Of course at the end of his interview, Shuster was unmoved, sticking to his guns that Joe Wilson &quot;was lying&quot; and insisting that Republicans were more interested in making political hay out of the illegal immigration question than safeguarding taxpayers from subsidizing illegal immigration:</p><blockquote><!--break--><p>DAVID SHUSTER to co-host TAMRON HALL:  Regardless of the truth of the matter, and who's telling the truth and who isn't -- and I think the evidence is still pretty clear that the president was telling the truth and that Joe Wilson was the one that was lying -- but putting that aside, there is a political benefit, as you pointed out, for Joe Wilson, Steve King, and other Republicans to keep this going. Otherwise, I think they would have dropped it last week.</p></blockquote><p>You can see the relevant video in the embed above at right.</p>

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
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