Rep. Walsh says folks like McCain 'have no clue'
July 28th, 2011
10:52 AM ET
7 years ago

Rep. Walsh says folks like McCain 'have no clue'

Washington (CNN) - Freshman Republican Rep. Joe Walsh took issue with Senate stalwart John McCain's criticism of tea party efforts regarding the debt ceiling and blamed the old guard for the fiscal failures of Congress.

"Folks like Sen. John McCain have been in this town for too long and they're the ones who have gotten us into this mess year after year after year," the Illinois congressman said Thursday on "CNN Newsroom." "Folks like him … have no clue as to the troubles Americans are going through right now. They don't understand this crisis anymore."

Arizona Sen. McCain on Wednesday said ultimatums issued by many in his conference, like insisting on a balanced budget amendment to the constitution that he said will not become law, are "worse than foolish." But Walsh said he and his fellow fiscally conservative freshmen came to Washington to find a solution to the crisis.

Walsh, who was elected in 2010 with tea party support, said he is more concerned with solving the debt crisis than he is with the August 2 deadline for raising the borrowing limit to avoid a potential default.

Conservative members of Congress, particularly freshmen, are a key voice in the debate over the debt ceiling with their unbending positions that have become obstacles for House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in their attempts to reach a compromise.

"I'm obsessed with making sure that we solve this debt crisis and if it takes us a few more days, let's do it," Walsh said.

When asked about a recent report in the Chicago Sun-Times that he owes $117,437 in child support to his ex-wife and that his home was foreclosed upon, Walsh said his struggles mirror those of many Americans.

"I ran as a guy who lost his home and had had financial struggles, like a lot of Americans," Walsh said. "This is where a lot of Americans come from right now. It's why they sent so many of us to Washington to do something about this because we're living this experience."

- CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis contributed to this report.

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • John McCain
soundoff (339 Responses)
  1. Adalbert

    Yes, Mr. McCain has no clue and this idiot does.

    July 28, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. TJ

    Perhaps Mr. Walsh should go spend five years in a North Vietnamese prison camp before attacking Senator McCain. The old fighter jock is spot on about these Tea Party types.

    July 28, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Lando

    He defaulted on his child support and his he wants the whole nation to default as well...complete moron.
    We can still use the Discovery to send this guy and the whole Tea Party neophytes on a one way trip to the moon..

    July 28, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. CM

    Walsh is one of the problems in Congress. He was elected to bring jobs to the American people, which would have put us on the path to reducing the deficit, etc, but he and his teabaggers are focused on grandstanding politics!

    July 28, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. TheTeacher

    Newsflash: Deadbeat Dad criticizes war hero. That is rich...

    July 28, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Jim

    Hey guys this Joe Walsh isn't the musician. No wonder why this country is so screwed up! The Joe Walsh from The Eagles is 63 and this clown is in his 40's.

    July 28, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. 5041360

    Joe won't be around after the next election – redistricted out- would have lost any way- he will be tied up in court battles anyway- – career over

    July 28, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Mark

    How's the family?

    July 28, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Michael Barron

    Sad.. the republicans are just wreckless

    July 28, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Jake

    McCain should retire.

    July 28, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Ken

    Deadbeat. Just another slug trying to get over at the public's expense. Are his ex and child(ren) on Public Assistance, Food Stamps, School Meals, because of him?

    July 28, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. SF

    It was one of very few times that I actually had respect for John Mccaine, he was speaking the truth! this idiot Joe Walsh sounds like the Tea Party American type who think they know best for all of us..he's just a bully windbag in congress and he along with his 82 other freshmen idiots need to be taken out of our GOVERNMENT that they hate so much! THESE PEOPLE ARE COSTING US OUR REPUTATION AND WILL COST US MORE IN THE FINANCIAL LONGRUN!!!! I am praying President Obama uses the 14th amendment and muzzles all of these crazy idiots like Walsh!

    Ya, on another note this guy's a complete clown, he sat there and literally called the president a liar, verbally and on his stupid commercials..and then turns around and says "that's not what i said".....this is what you people voted for?! just another bag full of hot air and no POSITIVE RESULTS!

    July 28, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Herman

    A lot of us voted for McCain ONLY because we figured he was less of a threat than the goof that got elected. Never was a McCain fan and often figure he got chosen for the Republican slot, in order to allow Obooma to get elected. Politics makes strange bed fellows.

    But agree that McCain is totally out of contact with reality. I am not a tea party member, although I may join soon, but they won election most of the time handily, so there must be some voice in the land for their point of view. I happen to agree with the Tea Party, on this issue. CUT THE SPENDING AND LOWER TAXES. Make those who don't pay taxes pay their share. I am tired of supporting the lazy and worthless.

    July 28, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Name BigJim

    tea partiers say default not a problem Obama will just need to prioritize payment and if some dont get their government check next month that will be unfortunate, but maybe there will be enough to pay them next month. MR PRESIDENT WHEN YOU PRIORITZE PAYMENTS, PLEASE PAY TEA PARTY FRESHMEN LAST

    July 28, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. jorge washinsen

    We should listen to McCain.He probably realizes the mess we are really in. The worst thing that could have happened right now is to have a divided party. Tried to warn local Repubs about the divide and conquer trap that they so easily fell into. I can understand why they feel like they do. Tired of keeping the world up and seeing their future sent to a endless pit. There are advantages of having gotten old in a better time. Now our kids are in a mess we really did not see coming.

    July 28, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. lucerot

    LOL! I love watching the Republican party implode.

    July 28, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Retired Army in San Antonio

    He can't solve the problem of his personal finances.....can't pay mortgage of child support....but he's gonna solve this country's debt crisis.


    This guy's a buffoon!!!

    July 28, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Stevareeno

    This is the kind of idiot who will help the GOP stay out of the Whitehouse next election. Keep running your mouth, moron!

    July 28, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. jorge washinsen

    You know what I think of your liberal moderators.If you can not find news weave it to your thinking.

    July 28, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Maude

    We are all doomed. The house, the senate and the presidents office are full loons. These people are a like bacteria on a rotting carcus (the will feed until there is nothing left- then they will turn on each other).

    July 28, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. jorge washinsen

    You let the dumbasses speak for you.It is your show.go for it.

    July 28, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. AntiFringe

    Freshman congressman with all the answers. He gets voted in by an angry mob, and then won't compromise. What a fool.

    July 28, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. jorge washinsen

    Why are you so afraid of McCain? He has spent more tiime in prison than most of you have in diapers.Were you there waiting for the Vietnam vets to come home to spit on them?

    July 28, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    @The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Typical libtard responses in here. Vicious personal attacks on somebody they don't know personally while ignoring the subject matter. I don't know what the details of his personal situation are and neither do you.

    But in his evaluation of McCain he is correct. Walsh would not be there if people like McCain and his "progressive" comrades hadn't run this country into a huge financial problem. McCain criticising the very people trying to fix the problem is a joke. Maybe he should be spending more of his time trying to beg forgiveness for his past stupidity?

    I seem to remember that McCain's overall record is amongst the most conservative in the Senate, obviously excluding campaign finance reform. McCain has more of a history of solving problems than any of the Tea Party people do, and for Walsh to attack McCain is sheer folly. By the way, "...past stupidity" is a poor way to characterize bipartisanship, which has ensured that things get done and are essentially moderate in nature. The problem is that in the ideologically/theologically-driven world we now live in, that is scorned; hence the nature of your vicious, personal comments. When you refer to people you don't know as "libtards" , you diminish yourself. Am I partisan? Yes. Do I stoop that low? Not normally. If you can't make your point without childish comments, please keep quiet.

    July 28, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. jorge washinsen

    Your rules of conduct are a farce.

    July 28, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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