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Tenn. State Senator Compares Obamacare Sign-ups To Nazi 'Train Rides' For Jews

Republican State Senator Stacey Campfield is no stranger to making offensive, often vile comments but it appears he's gone too far this time.

Campfield has quite the history of vileness, but this one seems to have gotten him in trouble with his own party as well.

via Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state Senator's blog post likening the insurance requirement under President Barack Obama's health care law to the forced deportation of Jews during the Holocaust drew swift condemnation Monday from leaders of both parties in Tennessee.

Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville wrote the comment in a post titled "Thought of the Day."

"Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s," he wrote.

State Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney called the comment "ignorant and repugnant," and called for an immediate apology to the Jewish community. Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron called the statement "outrageous, pathetic, and hateful."

Campfield in a phone interview shrugged off the criticism, and said he stands by his comments.

"I think Jewish people should be the first to stand up against Obamacare," Campfield said. "When you have government deciding who gets health insurance and who doesn't, what services they get and what services they have to provide, they're really deciding who lives and who dies."

"It's a slippery slope," he said.

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