Republicans Rush To Sign "Repeal It!" Pledge

January 15, 2010 12:22 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Yesterday, the right-wing Club For Growth (CFG) launched a new campaign to repeal health care reform if it becomes law.  In an op-ed announcing the "Repeal It!" pledge, CFG president Chris Chocola wrote that "conservatives must - and Republicans should­ - take full ownership of the health care issue, by pledging unequivocally that if elected, they will repeal any federal health care takeover and replace it with market-based reforms."

Predictably, GOP candidates have rushed to join the anti-reform effort.  As of this writing, 19 sitting lawmakers and 40 congressional hopefuls had already joined the campaign.  The list includes several far-right favorites, such as Sen. Jim DeMint, Sen. Tom Coburn, Rep. Jeff Flake, and Marco Rubio.  It also includes Rep. Mark Kirk, who was admonished as one of the CFG's "Comrades of the Month" after voting for the American Clean Energy and Security Act last June. 

Here's the full list of current members vowing to repeal reform:

Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Rep. John Fleming (R-LA)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
Rep. Pat McHenry (R-NC)
Rep. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

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