Nathan Stubbs

Landrieu pushes back on Louisiana Purchase critics

by Nathan Stubbs

Sen. Mary Landrieu took to the Senate floor yesterday with an impassioned speech pushing back on critics of the so-called "Louisiana Purchase," a Landrieu-brokered amendment that inserted $300 million in Medicaid funding for Louisiana into the Senate's healthcare reform package. Landrieu was derided in conservative circles, even labeled a prostitute, for what some saw as a classic example of political backroom bargaining in which Landrieu sold her vote. Here's a clip of Landrieu's speech yesterday from Fox News' "PoliJam":