Klein a firm 'yes'

Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), who has emerged as an unexpected GOP target this year, appears to be a firm 'yes' on the healthcare bill.

There had been some uncertainty about Klein's vote, but the Palm Beach Post points out that Klein urged his colleagues to support the bill in a floor speech Saturday. Klein's office pointed to the speech when asked about his position on the bill.

"We owe it to our seniors; they have paid into the Medicare Trust Fund," Klein said. "Taking care of our seniors is one of my top priorities. Benefits like these are critical to seniors in South Florida and around the country.

"I thank you and urge support of the bill."

Klein faces a rematch with former Army Lt. Col. Allen West, who ran a stronger than expected 2008 campaign and has emerged as a top hope for the NRCC. The committee has made him one of 10 members to reach the final step of its Young Guns program for challengers.