Va. gov. candidate delivers GOP address

Aug. 8, 2009 at 5:29 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert McDonnell says healthcare reform should be accomplished by "free-market incentives."

Speaking Saturday while delivering the weekly GOP radio address, McDonnell said he opposes nationalizing healthcare and instead supports "free-market incentives and helping small-business owners make coverage more accessible and affordable, and ensuring that Americans can keep their individual private policies."

The Virginia Republican said incentives given to healthcare providers is a better way to cover the uninsured than "nationalizing the system with a costly government-run plan."

The choice by Republican officials to let McDonnell deliver the weekly address opposite a healthcare-themed address Saturday from U.S. President Barack Obama boosts the stature of the former state attorney general, The Washington Times reported.

The newspaper said O'Donnell's address could help in his home state, where Obama's approval ratings have been slipping and such gubernatorial contests frequently reflect a opposition to newly elected U.S. administrations.

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