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05 April 2010

GOP Attorney General Candidates Say They'd Challenge Health Care Law In Court

The debate over the constitutionality of the newly-enacted health care law has spilled over into the race for Attorney General.

Two Republican candidates hoping to be the state's chief top lawyer say they would have filed suit challenging ObamaCare in court.

Former U.S. attorney Max Wood and former Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens said at a University of Georgia debate that they would have joined a dozen other states in suing to have the health care law President Obama signed last week declared unconstitutional.

"This is a huge, huge step toward socialism that we need to push back on," said Wood, who served as the federal prosecutor in Middle Georgia under President George W. Bush.

"This is an unprecedented federal directive," [Olens] said. "You're taxing someone for doing nothing."

Aued, Blake (2010-4-2). AG hopefuls say they would've joined suit. Athens Banner Herald. Retrieved on 2010-4-5.

The Democratic attorney general candidates, Ken Hodges and Rob Teilhet, haven't responded to whether they would challenge the health care law in court. As the campaign progresses though, the two Democrats may be forced to go on record and defend their position in this conservative state.