Potential Republican Senate candidates back Obamacare repeal

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MADISON- As the primary fields for 2018 begin filling up, potential GOP candidates for Senate have taken the opportunity to increase their name recognition and profile. We have previously detailed some of the missteps, bad press, and controversy over Kevin Nicholson. That said, we’ve heard very little of his actual policy positions so far.

Now, Nicholson and other potential candidates have gone public with their support of repealing Obamacare. Both Kevin Nicholson and Eric Hovde have stated that they think Obamacare needs to be repealed. State Sen. Leah Vukmir has previously stated that she though Mitch McConnell’s plan to repeal Obamacare was a “great starting point.” State Rep. Dale Kooyenga has stated that he wants Obamacare entirely repealed.

Patrick Marley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

Some of the Republicans considering running against U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin showed support for Tuesday’s move to end or scale back Obamacare.

“You’ve got to address Obamacare because it is collapsing,” said businessman Eric Hovde.

He said he would “absolutely, 100%” vote to launch debate on repealing Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. Republicans in the Senate voted to open that debate Tuesday, but it remained unclear whether they had enough votes to give final approval to any legislation changing former President Barack Obama’s namesake health care law.

Hovde came in second in the 2012 Republican primary to run against Baldwin and plans to decide this fall on whether he will run again.

Also considering a run is business consultant Kevin Nicholson, who has the support of a super PAC that has raised $3.5 million. In a statement, he said he hoped the Senate would repeal Obamacare.

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Tuesday’s vote on Obamacare comes as Republicans gear up to run against Baldwin, a Democrat who backs the measure. Health care is expected to be one of the top issues in next year’s election in Wisconsin and across the country.

Read more at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.