Republican governors defend health care town hall fury

Three leading Republican governors on Monday defended the heated exchanges and vigorous protests taking place at health care town hall events across the country.

“I think you see a heightened emotion and passion and, you say anger, because people are scared,” said Hawaii GOP Gov. Linda Lingle, during a conference call with reporters organized by the Republican Governors Association.

“You’re talking about hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts in spending on Medicare, and that’s why you see members of the AARP separated from their leadership on this issue, because they’re scared,” the Hawaii governor said. “The heightened anger is out of fear for what it’s going to mean for their lives and the lives of their families.”

Lingle was joined on the call by fellow GOP Govs. Sonny Perdue of Georgia and Haley Barbour of Mississippi, the RGA’s chairman.

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