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December 17, 2013 at 6:40 AM
Rucho rejects calls to apologize for Obamacare tweet
Chris Miller, cmiller@wbt.com


Mecklenburg state Sen. Bob Rucho said Monday there was "no way" he would apologize for a tweet comparing President Obama's health care law to Nazis and terrorists.

A day after creating a social media firestorm, Rucho stood by his comment, while the head of the North Carolina Republican Party demanded an apology.

"The tweet is highly offensive," chairman Claude Pope said in a statement.

But Rucho said he was "saying the truth" Sunday when he wrote "Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then (sic) the swords of Nazis, Soviets & terrorists combined."

The Matthews Republican accused critics of misrepresenting the Nazi comment. "Nowhere did it mention the Holocaust or the Jewish people," Rucho told WBT. "The elitists are just trying to take away from the message."

Some members of Charlotte's Jewish community were angered by the Nazi comment.

Rucho attempted to clarify that he was comparing the economic impact of Obamacare to American wars against Nazis and terrorists.

"It will have a huge impact on many people for the rest of their lives," he said.

Since Sunday morning's tweet, there have been calls on Twitter for an apology. Others demanded Rucho step down from office. One local Republican told WBT the comment was "verbal diarrhea" and "an embarrassment for the GOP."

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