Carper Statement After Democratic Caucus On Health Reform

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) issued the following statement upon leaving the special Senate Democratic caucus meeting on healthcare in the Capitol tonight:
"Last November, Americans invested their confidence in the Democratic Party. They elected one of our own as president, and they gave us substantial majorities in the House and in the Senate. Having done that, the American people expect us to govern, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
"If I could use a football analogy to describe where we are in this health reform debate, it would go like this:
"It’s the fourth quarter. We’re in the red zone, inside the other team’s 20-yard line. We have the ball and there’s time left on the clock. Our team is determined to get the ball into the end zone before the time runs out. There’s too much riding on this `drive’ to give up when we’re this close to the goal line. The thought of giving up now remains the last thing on our minds."