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Grayson: "Olympia Snowe Was Not Elected President Last Year" (VIDEO)

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) continued his streak of rousing floor speeches Thursday night, this time berating Democrats for their obsession with Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

"We as a party have spent the last six months, the greatest minds in our party, dwelling on the question, the unbelievably consuming question of how to get Olympia Snowe to vote on health care reform," he said. "I want to remind us all that Olympia Snowe was not elected President last year. Olympia Snowe has no veto power in the Senate. Olympia Snowe represents a state with one half of one percent of America's population."

"What America wants is health care reform," he continued. "America doesn't care if it gets 51 votes in the Senate or 60 votes in the Senate or 83 votes in the Senate. In fact, America doesn't even care about that, it doesn't care about that at all."

Grayson also had harsh words for Republicans who want him to apologize for saying their party wants sick people to die quickly. "I will not apologize for a simple reason: America doesn't care about your feelings," he said. "But America does care about health care. If you're against it, then get out of the way. Just get out of the way."

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