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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Anticipating Trump winning House Obamacare vote, 12 media sound bites acknowledge Trump's effort in positive outcome, 6 use "arm twisting" narrative-Rush Limbaugh ("It's his agenda. He has to be the one leading it. And it looks like on this go-round on health care, he did.")

5/4/17, "Trump Takes the Wheel on Health Care Following My Advice," Rush Limbaugh

"Essentially what I said (last week) was, repealing and replacing Obamacare was mentioned at every rally, so why doesn’t the president go in there and tell them what for? It’s what LBJ did. LBJ treated them like a bunch of beagles. He’d grab those Republicans by the ears, Democrats too, and told them the way things are going to be....
You wonder why Trump can’t go in there and say, “Look, guys, I won the election. Here’s what we’re going to do. This is my agenda and I’m going to make it happen. This is not what was happening. Do we have audio sound bite number six?...

"JIM ACOSTA: President Trump spent the last 24 hours meeting with and calling roughly a dozen lawmakers.

WOLF BLITZER: President Trump is personally lobbying House Republicans to back the bill.

ANDERSON COOPER: President Trump has been all-in on the effort to lock down votes.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: He really got re-engaged in the last several days.

ERIN MCPIKE: After all of this arm twisting that’s been going on.

JAKE TAPPER: President Trump twisting arms.

MIKE VIQUEIRA: Still twisting arms, still trying to cajole, or pressure members, find that sweet spot.

ALISYN CAMEROTA: Some last-minute arm twisting going on.

JASON MILLER: Some arm twisting to go and get some folks across the finish line.

MARY BRUCE: Even some arm twisting.

JASON CARROLL [CNN]: The president really deserves a lot of credit on this one. The president all week doing what he does best, and that’s negotiate.

JONATHAN KARL: The president has been doing this over and over again with individual members of Congress. This is the kind of stuff that President Obama really hated to do."

RUSH: Well, it’s the stuff that Trump needed to do. He has to drive the agenda. He has to be behind the wheel here. It’s his agenda. He has to be the one leading it. And it looks like on this go-around on health care, he did, following my advice last Friday.

Break Transcript

RUSH: Republicans need 217 votes to pass this thing. The vote is next hour. The latest count says they have 218. So they have a cushion of one. There were two flips yesterday. Billy Long, Republican Missouri, and Fred Upton, the lightbulb guy in Michigan."...


Rep. Fred Upton, "the lightbulb guy":

11/8/2010, "Republican Co-Author of Incandescent-Bulb Ban Seeks Chair of House Energy Committee," CNS News, Matt Cover


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