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Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Northern Virginia Senate candidate compares ‘Obamacare’ to Iraq war

Miller Baker, a Republican lawyer running for state Senate in Northern Virginia, has a low opinion of President Obama’s healthcare law. How low?

“It was the domestic equivalent of the Iraq war,” he says at a recent candidates forum. Video of the comment was posted on Blue Virginia.

The audience can be heard groaning and hissing its disapproval, but Baker presses on.

“It was very much overreach,” he says. “Obamacare was a terrible mistake.”

Baker is challenging Sen. George Barker (D-Fairfax) in the 39th District in what is expected to be a tight race on Tuesday's elections.

Noting that “thousands of brave American men and women lost their lives” in the war, the Democratic Party of Virginia called on Baker to take the comment back.

“Miller Baker should apologize immediately for his insensitive and out of touch remarks,” party spokesman Brian Coy said in an e-mail Thursday.

Reached by phone, Baker stood by his analogy.

“As a matter of domestic policy, it’s overreach,” he said.

He did note that he never said the healthcare law was the “moral equivalent” of the war, just the “domestic equivalent” of it.

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