Senator Jay Rockefeller (D., W. Va.) pointed to President Obama’s race as the reason for opposition to Obamacare.
“I’ve seen a lot of that, and I know a lot of that to be true,” he continued. “It’s not something you’re meant to talk about in public, but it’s something I’m talking about in public because that is very true.”
Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), who was apparently the only Republican present at the time, called out Rockefeller for his accusations.
“No, I did not object to this because of the race of the president — I objected to this because it is an assault on our freedom,” Johnson said. “I found it very offensive that you would basically imply that I’m a racist because I opposed this health-care law — that is outrageous.”
“You’ve lost your temper,” Rockefeller responded, and denied ever implying that Johnson and others were racist.