Republican nominee Martha Roby continued her campaign swing through Alabama's 2nd District today, reiterating her commitment to stop ObamaCare by defunding and repealing the Democrats' health care reform legislation, and replace it with free-market reforms that will encourage competition and lower health care costs.
Roby says ObamaCare has prevented small business owners from creating new jobs, noting that hundreds of new regulations established by the law are creating uncertainty among employers.
"ObamaCare does not reform health care," said Roby. "Instead, it grows government, creates uncertainty in the private sector, raises taxes, and kills jobs. We need a Congressman who is willing to stand up for us, not this destructive law. I am committed to not only defund, repeal, and replace this bill, but also to find common sense solutions to make health care more affordable, accessible, and portable."
Earlier this year, Roby called on her opponent, incumbent Democrat Bobby Bright, to co-sponsor legislation to defund, repeal and replace ObamaCare, but Bright has refused to do so. Instead, he continues to defend the legislation.
Bright called Roby's calls for repealing the health care bill "immature" and recently said "it is doing some good things for 80 percent of the people that live in Alabama."
A recent Rasmussen Report polls shows a majority of voters continue to favor repeal, including 43% who strongly favor repeal.
"Bobby Bright has had plenty of opportunities to undo the damage caused to our health care system by this legislation," said Roby. "His defense of the health care bill time and again is unacceptable. He has proven that we can't trust him to do the right thing and defund, repeal and replace this legislation. Alabama's Second District deserves leadership instead of the doubletalk they continue to get from their Congressman."
Bright and his Democrat allies continue to run a false, negative campaign attacking Roby with anonymous illegal mail pieces. Roby called on Bright to disavow these illegal mail fliers. He has refused.
With a message centered on bringing conservative change to Washington, momentum has been growing behind Roby's campaign entering the final days of the race.
In the final reporting period before the November election, Roby outraised incumbent Democrat Bobby Bright by more than three to one, an effort that put her over the $1 million mark in cash raised to date. 48 hour reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Roby raising $144,000 to only $56,000 for Bright.
Recent polling shows Roby with a two-point lead after trailing eight points in July. In reaction to these developments, respected political pundit Charlie Cook moved the Second District contest from "Leans Democrat" to "Toss-Up" and the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza today moved the race up to 27 from 43 on his weekly list of the 50 House races most likely to switch parties in November.
The Roby campaign has county chairs operating in all 16 counties in the district, the largest online presence of either candidate with active Facebook pages with over 5,500 fans, and an engaged volunteer organization that will be active throughout the district in the final days of the campaign.