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Holocaust survivor's daughter invites Campfield for a meeting

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State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville

A Nashville doctor is responding to comments by State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, comparing Obamacare enrollment to Jews being put on trains in Nazi Germany, and she's in a unique position to speak out.

Her father survived the Holocaust, and the doctor has written a letter to Campfield inviting him to meet with her dad.

Wendy Baker admires her father, Art Pais, an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor who endured years of suffering in Nazi concentration camps.

When she heard remarks Campfield made, comparing Affordable Health Care signups to the Holocaust, she was upset.

"I thought why would you say something so provocative and actually compare such terrible hardship to a political issue?" Baker said. "To make that comparison, to me it says you're not in touch with the people you are servicing."

Baker couldn't let the comments go unanswered, so she typed a letter to Campfield detailing her father's struggles and offering Campfield the chance to meet her father.

She even offered to set it up.

"Maybe you would be enriched by meeting one of your constituents and hearing the actual stories," she said.

Baker says she has gotten calls of support from friends as well as other politicians. Gov. Bill Haslam said Campfield's comments were wrong.

"If you're in public life, our words do matter," Haslam said. "What you say matters. And I say things that I don't express really well, but if you do that, you need to come back and be really clear about where you were wrong. And I'd like to see that happen."

Campfield later put out another post that read, "I regret that some people miss the point of my post. It was not to offend. It was to warn."

He explained that he was commenting on the loss of freedoms in America.

Channel 4 News reached out to Campfield to see if he would be open to meeting with Pais, but he has not yet responded.

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