Windsor Locks (WTNH) - Sen. Chris Dodd (D) returned home to Connecticut this afternoonfollowing a historic vote this morning in the Senate that willreform health care.
Dodd is facing a tough re-election bid and at least one man atBradley International Airport let him know just how tough it willbe.
"You're not gonna get re-elected," the man said.
"Nice. Merry Christmas," Dodd responded.
But is Dodd concerned that this vote will hurt his chances atwinning in 2010?
"Oh, I don't know, I find it somewhat amusing that people, everymove you make has some sort of political calculation," he said.
And he stands by his vote.
"It changes the direction, it eliminates, if nothing else, fearthat a lot of people feel. We have 350,000 people in this state whoare uninsured," Dodd said.
This win was clearly bittersweet.
"Look, I'm an accidental participant, had it not been for theillness and death of Senator Kennedy, I'd been a vote on the billand a vote on the committee," he said.
In fact, immediately after the vote, Dodd went to ArlingtonNational Cemetery to Kennedy's grave. He says he knows theMassachusetts Democrat would've wanted more, the Senate versiondoes not include a public option, but because he was a greatlegislator, Kennedy would've appreciated pushing it through. Asentiment News Channel 8 found among the public.
"I think it's probably gonna be pretty good because there's alot of Americans who are not covered by health insurance sohopefully, it'll be good," said Lloyd Walters of Waterbury.
The last time the Senate voted on Christmas Eve was over 100years ago.
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