It was a simple question posed by NBC correspondent Kasie Hunt to Georgia Democratic Senate hopeful, Michelle Nunn. Hunt was speaking with Nunn in a one-on-one interview and asked the question: “Would you have voted for the Affordable Care Act?”
The candidate’s answer was not a “yes” or “no.” In fact, it was so confounding that MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, during an appearance on “Morning Joe,” called it “terrible,” adding, “Boy, nothing screamed ‘practiced politician’ like that answer Michelle Nunn gave on health care.”
“It just doesn’t come across as credible,” he said.
What was Chuck Todd talking about? It might have been the initial 27 seconds of circuitous language heard from Nunn. Her exact words:
“At the time the Affordable Health Care Act was passed, I was, uh, working for Points of Light [a non-profit organization where Nunn served as CEO, earning $300,000/year] . So, I think it’s hard to go back…to look back retrospectively. But when I look at it, I think about…what do we need to do going forward? I look at it, I come at it from the perspective of someone who made payroll, who saw rising healthcare premiums, who believes we actually need to work together to make changes where it’s not working and improve the things that already are working.”
Nunn followed her initial response with more standard Democratic talking points about healthcare, citing the protections given to people with pre-existing conditions and children under 26 years old.
The NBC correspondent continued in her efforts to press the candidate on if she would have voted for or against the Affordable Care Act, asking, “But, you’re not sure if you would have voted ‘yes’ or ‘no?’”
Again, Nunn danced around the question, responding, “When I look back, ya know, at what they were doing when this was passed, I think, I wish we had more people that had tried to architect a bipartisan legislation…that had worked together across the aisle to try to do that.”
Hunt pressed her again, “So, yes or no?”
A smiling Nunn confidently stated, “I think it’s impossible to look back retrospectively and say, ‘what would you have done if you were there?’” Adding, “but what I can say, ultimately, because I wasn’t there, and we now have hindsight, what I can do is say, here’s where we are today, and here’s what we should do today, which is to move forward.”
Trying a different tactic, Hunt asked, “Do you think it should be repealed?” To which Nunn finally gave the clear response, “I do not.”
Watch candidate Michelle Nunn dodge the question:
Follow Mike Opelka (@Stuntbrain) on Twitter.