On Monday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged Americans to light up Capitol Hill switchboards to urge senators to live up to their campaign promises and support Senators Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in their effort to defund Obamacare.
“Remember, we elected these senators precisely for moments like this. If they can’t do anything with the power we’ve given them through their elected office, then perhaps it’s time for them to retire and let someone else have a go,” Palin said. “Opposition to Obamacare carried us to victory in 2010. And 2014 is just around the corner.”
On Saturday, Palin wrote an exclusive op-ed for Breitbart News backing Lee and Cruz. In her Facebook post on Monday, the day the Obamacare fight started in the Senate, Palin said it was even more important for Americans living in red states–like Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina–represented by Democrats to “politely” let their senators know there will be consequences at the ballot box if they vote procedurally to shut down debate in the Senate:
Please call your senators and politely ask them to stand with Senator Cruz. This is especially important if your senator is a Democrat up for re-election in a red state in 2014. That would be Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan (D-NC). Remind them politely that we are watching their votes very carefully and even a procedural vote that shuts down this debate will be regarded as a vote for Obamacare, and there will be consequences for them at the ballot box next year. The same goes for Republicans up for re-election. We definitely expect them to stand shoulder to shoulder with Senator Cruz through thick and thin.
The House passed a short-term resolution to fund the government except for Obamacare on Friday. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is attempting to insert an amendment to that bill that funds Obamacare before sending the bill back to the House. On Monday, Cruz asked that there be a 60-vote threshold for amendments on the House bill being taken up in the Senate.
Palin reiterated, “We shouldn’t preemptively surrender the fight to those who rammed through this outrageously burdensome and unaffordable ploy for government control of health care even though some are trying to convince us that the fight is futile.”
“Just because a fight isn’t easy, doesn’t mean it’s not worth fighting,” she said.
Palin then included information about where Americans could find the contact information for their senators:
The number for the Capitol Hill Switchboard is 202-224-3121. Ask for your senator’s office. You can also find their contact information and contact them online at