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November 4th, 2010
03:34 PM ET

Should Hillary Clinton challenge Pres. Obama in 2012?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While her party was being tarred and feathered at the polls Tuesday, secretary of state and former first lady, senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was 9,000 miles away on the other side of the world. How convenient.

(FILE PHOTO) Obama and Clinton square off in a 2008 Texas debate.

(FILE PHOTO) Obama and Clinton square off in a 2008 Texas debate.

She attended a women's empowerment conference in Papua, New Guinea this week. Clinton knows a thing or two about empowerment.

Meanwhile, back in the states, her husband, the former president, was campaigning like a madman. He made more than 100 appearances around the country on behalf of Democrats leading into the midterm election.

Why? Surely he could read the polls as well as anyone. Democrats got the beating everybody knew they would get. So why was the former president racing around in a losing cause?

Was it payback for the IOUs collected when Hillary was running two years ago? Or was it, perhaps, creating some new IOUs of his own on behalf of his wife?

It's an intriguing question. And there's certainly some appetite within the Democratic party for a primary challenger for the president, with some polls suggesting as many as half of Democrats want that to happen.

Unless the economy turns around and there are jobs to be had, Obama could be had in 2012. And what a rematch it would be. Think Ali-Frazier. Toe to toe for 15 rounds until both are too tired to stand.

Hey, we can dream can't we? And if you want to get real silly, what if the Republicans nominated Sarah Palin?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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November 4th, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Should Republicans to try to repeal health care law?

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(FILE PHOTO) March 23, 2010: President Obama signed into law his historic health care insurance reform legislation, enacting the most sweeping social legislation in decades, ensuring coverage for almost all Americans. (PHOTO CREDIT: SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Come January, President Obama's health care law will be on the chopping block.

The incoming Speaker of the House, John Boehner, says voters have given the GOP a mandate to cut government and roll back what he calls the health care "monstrosity."

Boehner says the American people are concerned about the government takeover of health care. He says Republicans want to repeal it and replace it with "common-sense reforms" that will bring down health care costs.

Throughout the campaign, Republicans blasted the president's signature issue of health care reform, with many promising to repeal it if the GOP won control of Congress.

For his part, Mr. Obama says it would be a "misreading" of the election results to think Americans want to spend the next two years trying to "re-litigate" health care reform and other major pieces of legislation.

The president called the process of passing the bill "an ugly mess" and something he regrets, but insists the outcome was a good one.

A new USA Today/Gallup Poll shows Republicans' top priority for the new Congress is repealing the health care law and cutting federal spending.

As for Democratic voters, they want Congress to pass a new stimulus bill to create jobs.

Meanwhile it's worth noting that even if Republicans make the repeal of health care reform a priority, it may not go anywhere.

While Republicans will control the House in the next Congress, the Democrats will still remain in control of the Senate.

What that means is likely - you guessed it - more gridlock.

Here’s my question to you: Should Republicans try to repeal President Obama's health care law?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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