POLITICS
11/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rockefeller Rips 'Gang Of Six' Senators -- "I Just Don't Think You Do Legislation That Way" (VIDEO)

Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller has not been shy about voicing his criticisms of the Baucus health plan, and on Thursday night he continued his critique with some sharp words for Baucus' approach to crafting health care legislation during an interview with Charlie Rose.

When Rose observed that Rockefeller was "not thrilled about the gang of six," the senator responded by saying:

No I'm not.  No I'm not.  But that's -- I just don't think you do legislation that way, and particularly if you end up not getting any of the three Republicans, and hopefully we will get Olympia Snowe.

These comments follow on the heels of Rockefeller having come out against the Baucus bill on Tuesday by saying that "the way it is now there is no way I can vote for the package." His comments seemed to have captured the mood of his fellow Democratic senators, who Rockefeller said yesterday were not pleased by the bill.

"A lot of them have come up to me and thanked me because I said what they're thinking. And because I sit next to Baucus and am senior, my saying it, I think, was good leverage and helpful and made it easier on people," Rockefeller told the Huffington Post's Ryan Grim.

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