President Barack Obama said that he stands by the medical device tax in Obamacare, despite growing bipartisan opposition:
"No," Obama told WCCO in an interview today, when asked whether he's changed his mind about the medical device tax. "And here's why: The health care bill is going to provide those medical device companies 30 million new customers. It's going to be great for business. And they're doing really well right now."
Both Democratic senators from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, oppose the tax. WCCO, the station that conducted the interview, is a Minnesota station.
St. Cloud, Minn. Kurt Bills, a high school economics teacher and state representative, is the enodrsed Republican for U.S. Senate in Minnesota. Bills won 64 percent of the delegates on the second ballot at the state convention Friday afternoon.
St. Cloud, Minn. Regardless of Ron Paul's recent decision not to contest upcoming primaries, his followers in Minnesota within the GOP will be here at the state Republican convention this weekend, hoping to claim their first substantial victory of the election cycle in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate.
Pete Hegseth, a 31-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran and the former director of Vets for Freedom, may be the GOP’s best chance to defeat Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota’s first-term Democratic senator. But he first has to win the endorsement of the state Republican party.
On Tuesday, Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman called for a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of the year. "I’m hesitant to see taxes go up in the middle of a recession," Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, told reporters at the Capitol. "I think we ought to wait til maybe six months, maybe at least til the end of the next fiscal year" to raise taxes.