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Campaign impact: Obama, Romney seize on ruling

June 29, 2012 • National News


President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (AP Photo/Luke Sharrett pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling fiercely for the White House, President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney implored voters to see the Supreme Court’s health care ruling in different ways Thursday, with Obama appealing for people to move on with him and his challenger promising to rip up the law.

“Today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure,” Obama declared after a divided high court upheld the law, including a requirement that people carry health insurance. “It’s time for us to move forward.”

Romney did just the opposite, pinning the court’s decision to the election and asking voters to render their own ruling.

“If we want to get rid of Obamacare,” he said, “we’re going to have replace President Obama.”

Democrats and Republicans immediately launched fundraising appeals off the court’s decision, underscoring the campaign ramifications of a judicial decision that is Login to read more

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