WASHINGTON – (AP) Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to garnish the wages of workers who refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.
The presidential contenders in both parties campaigned all-out on Sunday, two days before the Super Tuesday voting in 24 states holding primaries or caucuses.
Clinton was campaigning in Missouri and Minneapolis. Obama scheduled a rally in Wilmington, Del., while some of his highest-profile surrogates — his wife, Michelle, Oprah Winfrey and Caroline Kennedy — were rallying voters in Los Angeles. Among Republicans, Arizona Sen. John McCain was stumping in Connecticut and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney scheduled stops in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was concentrating on the South, with appearances in Georgia and Tennessee.
McCain told “Fox News Sunday” he would veto any tax increase passed by a Democratic-controlled Congress. McCain, who opposed President Bush’s first two tax cuts, now says Congress should make the reductions permanent, and that there also should be further tax reductions for business investments.
His chief rival, Romney, told the ABC program that McCain “doesn’t understand the economy” and that his advocacy of a higher gasoline tax to combat global warming would hurt U.S. consumers.
Romney also called on Huckabee to drop from the race. In response, called the suggestion “ludicrous,” noting that only a fraction of the delegates needed to win the Republican presidential nomination had been apportioned thus far.
“I’ve got a different take on that. I think it’s time for Mitt Romney to step aside,” Huckabee said on CNN.