October 12th, 2010
01:32 PM ET
9 years ago

Miller: 'I'm not going to answer' personal questions

(CNN) - Put Joe Miller on the list of Tea Party candidates who have vowed to either avoid national media reporters or try to restrict the types of questions they're asked by them.

During a press conference following a candidate forum Monday in Anchorage, Miller told reporters that his campaign has "drawn a line in the sand."

"You can ask me about background, you can ask me about personal issues - I'm not going to answer," Miller said, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

"We are calling upon all responsible members of the media to focus on the issues, the legitimate issues and not repeat basically the lies and innuendos, not repeat the clear violations of law, but to focus on the issues at hand," he added.

It's common for political campaigns to strategize about their media relations tactics, but Miller is one of a few Tea Party backed candidates this election cycle to publicly vow to try to control the message that reporter's report.

Last month, a recording of Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle surfaced in which she could be heard bragging about her ability to fund-raise by appearing on "friendly press outlets."

And in an interview broadcast in July, Angle surprisingly said, "We needed to have the press be our friend."

"We wanted them [the press] to ask the questions we want to answer. So that they report the news the way we want it to be reported," Angle said.

Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell told Fox News' Sean Hannity last month that national media interviews were "off the table because that's not going to help me get votes."

"I'm not going to do any more national media because that – this is my focus. Delaware is my focus and the local media is my focus," O'Donnell said.

O'Donnell did grant CNN's Jim Acosta an interview on Thursday, which was published online and broadcast on CNN.


Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. p.h

    wow! the gop=teabaggers dont want us to know there true agenda. people be careful for what you ask for. joe should be able to tell us voters everything about him or less he have something to hide. beware

    October 12, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. The other G. W.

    BUT you put yourself in the running, so you have NO CHOICE but to answer. Character and your personal past
    are THE DEFINING CUES as to "who you are, what you believe, what your real politics are and how you'd govern".
    Without that information you are asking people to vote for a hologram!!! It's time to man up and answer the questions!!!
    IF YOU REFUSE TO, YOU ARE CLEARLY HIDING SOMETHING.

    October 12, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Cpom Athens GA

    Here's the deal. It's really simple. If they refuse to answer questions, don't give them any coverage.
    They'll be singing to the choir if nobody ever hears of them.

    October 12, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. ronalde

    typical tea partier no more questions,because you might find out how dumb we are.

    October 12, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Papasan in AZ

    Palini / Tea Party / GOP Fascism has come to America wrapped in the U.S. flag and carrying a cross...
    What the Fascist GOP'ers fear most of all is intelligence.

    October 12, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. amigay

    For a political party (Republican) that so values intruding into people's lives, not answering questions of a personal nature is a bit hypocritical. Methinks he's hiding something that would torpedo his career.

    October 12, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Seattle Sue

    I'm not going to answer personal questions about myself because you would not vote for me if you knew the answers!

    October 12, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Joel MIller

    Across the country, Tea Party candidates buy expensive TV ads with all their Koch and Murdoch money where they can call names and tell lies but they hide from the press and members of the public who disagree with them.

    October 12, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Bob, Virginia

    These people are gutless scum.

    October 12, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Dave

    So the Tea Party candidates do not want the public to know what thier history is? The national media has the recourses to accurately (or inaccurately) report the news. It is the candidates responsiblity to correct the inaccurate information and let us know what their agenda would be. They (Miller, Angle, O'Donnell) are all empty suits and they do not want to show the constituency that this is the case.

    October 12, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. harvey 60

    so much for the freedom of the press. what's the next freedom the tea party will go after?

    October 12, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. p.h

    joe dont want to give unemploment benefit out but its ok for his wife to get it. people think twice before voting for the gop, you maybe unemployed with no benefits coming in, be careful for what u ask for, u will cry later

    October 12, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Sharon

    He doesn't want to answer questions about why he left his job at the Fairbanks North Star Borough as a part time attorney. There have been allegations from a source quoted by a local online news organization that he was fired for cause. He refuses to have his personnel records released. This is not a personal issue; it is a personnel issue and the questions about him leaving that job must be answered in order for the people of Alaska to have all of the relevant facts about his employment history.

    October 12, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. ddt

    Why would anyone jot for this Idiot?

    October 12, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. AgainstAmnesia

    Another "defender" of the constitution speaks–or doesn't. Character is an issue as long as you don't want to delve into the character of any tea bagger.

    October 12, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Richard T.

    He is really avoiding the issues. The personal(?) questions relate to if his polictial statements and positions are consistent with his current and past actions. For example the issue of delayed funding disclosures, laying his wife off from employment for him and then her collecting unememployment benefits but saying unemeployment benefits are unconstitutional. Another conservative going with do as I say not as I do as long as I get the $$$ and power I crave. What a puke.

    October 12, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. markus

    are you kidding me? he's running fo rUS Senate but we're not allowed to ask any questions about his BACKGROUND!?!?

    that's it. This Tea Party stupidity has gone on long enough- where is the "transparency"???
    they scream and whine about Obama, yet they do it themselves. HYPOCRITES!!!!!

    October 12, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Mike D

    Good for him. Make it about politics and substance, not media hype and meaningless spin hoopla. We need more of this.

    October 12, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. TangledThorns

    Hmmm, notice how these are all conservatives? The left wing media hates them. Where is coverage of the damage that the Democrats will continue to do against America?

    October 12, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Lisa P

    Pig in a poke, funded by a big black box full of cash that desperately wants to stay anonymous. Whoever votes for this guy will get exactly what they deserve for being so stupid.

    October 12, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. dave

    Another individual involved with the Tea Party that refuses to communicate with the press, members of society, or anyone else... probably another one that insists on having their press conferences closed, not recorded live, and allows only what they want the public to hear to be heard...
    hmmm... for a supposed Party based on giving power back to the people, it sorta seems like their political leaders want to embrace the ways of more oppressive governments.
    Can we say Pravda?

    October 12, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Cosmo

    What are you hiding Joe? A candidate that wants to remain anonymous does not bode well for transprent government in a democracy. That is the Cheney-Bush-Rove type of approach that the American voters resoundingly threw out two years ago.

    October 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. TruthSpitta

    This guy is a clown. "I won't answer personal questions" but I have no problem passing judgment on other peoples' private lives

    October 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Peace

    This is quite simple: No answer, no vote. How can they expect people to vote for them if they are not ready to be known. Should people vote for "pretending tongue-cut- candidates"? This pattern of so called "tea baggers candidates" is sickening.

    October 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Rob

    Can't help but make you wonder what they have to hide if they have blanket rule about avoiding.

    October 12, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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