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Is George Voinovich going to screw the GOP on health care? Updated: Auto bailout crusader meets with Spender-in-Chief to discuss national debt

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 19, 2010 09:40 AM

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Sorry, I couldn’t word it any more politely than that. But the very prospect of GOP Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio bailing on his party to cast a swan song 60th vote for the government health care takeover bill makes me want to spit nails.

Voinovich is meeting with President Obama at 11:30am Eastern today in the Oval Office.

Nate Nelson at the Rust Belt blog notes that since Voinovich has already announced his retirement, he has nothing to lose. He’s infamous for turning into a blubbering mass on the Senate floor — while crusading for the illegal alien amnesty and voting against U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, for example. Remember this infamy?

In a recent piece on the Demcare bill, Voinovich says he’s worried about America’s exploding debt. But he led the drive for the massive auto bailout.

Will Voinovich sell out his constituents (and the country) for the legacy impulse?

He needs to hear from you. Here’s Nate Nelson’s message:

Dear Sen. Voinovich, I just wanted to call and let you know that I don’t think fifteen Ohio University College Republicans drove all the way to Massachusetts over the weekend to fight to elect Scott Brown the 41st vote against ObamaCare just to see their Republican senator become the 60th vote for ObamaCare. K thanks bye.

Washington, D.C. Office:
524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Main: (202) 224-3353

Cleveland, OH Office:
1240 East 9th Street
Room 3061
Cleveland, OH 44199
Main: (216) 522-7095
Fax: (216) 522-7097

Southeast, OH Office:
78 West Washington Street
P.O. Box 57
Nelsonville, OH 45764
Main: (740) 441-6410
Fax: (740) 753-3551

Cincinnati, OH Office:
36 East 7th Street
Room 2615
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Main: (513) 684-3265
Fax: (513) 684-3269

Northeast, OH Office:
1240 East 9th Street
Room 3061
Cleveland, OH 44199
Main: (216) 522-7095
Fax: (216) 522-7097

Toledo, OH Office:
420 Madison Avenue
Room 1210
Toledo, OH 43604
Main: (419) 259-3895
Fax: (419) 259-3899

Dayton, OH Office:
(Based out of Cincinnati)
36 East 7th Street, Room 2615
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Main: (513) 684-3265
Fax: (513) 684-3269

Central, OH Office:
37 West Broad Street
Room 310
Columbus, OH 43215
Main: (614) 469-6697
Fax: (614) 469-7733

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Update: Readers who have reached Voinovich’s staff says he remains opposed to the health care bill. Philip Klein sends along Voinovich’s statement from last month opposing Demcare.

We’ll see what he says after the 11:30am meeting in the Oval Office.

In any case, it never hurts to make a reinforcing phone call.

Klein thinks the meeting will be about the national debt.

Confirmed, via The Hill:

Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) will talk deficits and debt when he meets with President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

The retiring Ohio senator will meet with the president in the Oval Office this morning, which sparked some concern from conservatives that the senator, who’s previously broken with his party on some issues, might be subject to entreaties on healthcare.

“Senator Voinovich’s statement after his last vote against the partisan health care reform bill speaks for itself and his stance has not changed,” Voinovich spokesman Garrette Silverman said.

The meeting, rather, will include discussions of the rising national debt and the long-term fiscal course of the country.

Perfect: The Republican who spearheaded the auto bailout will “solve” the debt explosion with the Democrat spender-in-chief.

God save us from bipartisanship.

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Update: Voinovich says after his meeting today: “I am not a vote for the health care bill, period.”

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