Rep. Walsh says folks like McCain 'have no clue'
July 28th, 2011
10:52 AM ET
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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. The Real Tom Paine

    Ideology makes decisions easy, but it never solves problems. Those decisions will always be in conflict with facts. Just vote the clueless Koch-head/Tea Baggers out, and put people in there that want to do the heavy lifting.

    Tea Party=Cowards

    July 28, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Tex71

    McCain may be a nutty old coot but he is the very eidolon of grave Wisdom itself compared to the Tea Party crowd – I can't for the life of me imagine how they got so downright wacko – maybe they get together and smoke crack while watching old Nazi propaganda movies all dressed up like circus clowns. Maybe not, but it doesn't take much of a stretch to imagine.

    July 28, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. asm_ith

    Now that he has a $174,000 salary, Walsh should tell everyone his plan to resolve his own debts to take care of his children by providing the child support he owes. Every family-oriented person should think that child support should be a priority; recall that irresponsible people who renege on their child support are called "dead-beats", so he should be anxious to stop being one.

    July 28, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Davey

    Sharon Angle has nothing on this guy when it comes to insanity.

    July 28, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Indigo

    If the GOP takes the oval office in 2112, the US will be so far beyond screwed that the light from screwed will take a million years to reach earth.

    July 28, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. LouAz

    McCain was of course correct about Constitutional Amendments. Perhaps the Tea Potty Party should offer a one hour course on the US Constitution to any one they send to the House of Representatives. How does someone get elected who has obviously never read the US Constitution ? Oh, I forgot . . . "You Betcha" $nooki Palin, and Frau Bachmann are typical TPers.

    July 28, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Spikemanlou

    Typical teabagger, calls his own parties Presidential nominee clueless while owing his ex-wife over $117,000.00 in child support. As with all of these teabagger losers it's all about them, not their constituents and in this case not even his own children. Hey all of you Teabaggers, aren't you really proud of the kind of people you put into office. You and this loser are a bunch of morons.

    July 28, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Jason

    I am a hard-core, lifelong Republican and was very upset when I listened to McCain's speach. He does not represent the majority of the Republican party. I supported him in the last election, but I now think it is time for him to retire. He is a dinasour and needs to go. Rep Walsh and the other Tea Party candidats are fighting hard to fix the mess that McCain and others in Washington have gotten us into.

    July 28, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. buckup

    joe walsh is a clueless fool

    July 28, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. WTF?

    The headlines should read: WALSH DEFAULTS ON KIDS! OWES $117000 BACK CHILD SUPPORT! DEADBEAT TEA HOBBIT!

    July 28, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. The 8th district in Illinois Must be so proud

    "The congressman's alleged financial problems made headlines while he was campaigning last year, when former campaign field director Richard Cape claimed he would "spend, spend, spend uncontrollably." His campaign manager quit and sued for $20,000 in nonpayment, and two other staffers who quit accused him of not properly disclosing a 2008 home foreclosure and traffic citations to the public, taking their grievances public. Walsh also bounced checks, including one to a Republican fundraiser."

    Now he is a deadbeat dad. What a role model for today's youth. And he is calling out John McCain. He couldn't even shine McCain's shoes.

    July 28, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Ian

    Wow. So the reason people elected him is because he's "living the experience" of being fiscally irresponsible? I don't know if this dude knows how silly he sounds...

    July 28, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. t.marino

    Joe Wilson has some freaking nerve talking about responsibility when he is a dead beat dad who does not take care of his own three children. Talk about personal responsibility. What a freaking jerk!!!!

    July 28, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. WutTheFrak

    He owes his Ex-Wife 117,437.00 in overdue child support????
    I know several guy's who were 2 months late on Child support, Their Licsense was suspended, & when they were caught driving on it the were locked up. So, Why isn't he in jail???

    July 28, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. d

    Although I do not agree with many of John McCain policies...I have found him to have the ability to see most sides of issues. And that he makes decisions based on what seems right to him. John McCain has a clue. The only mistake he ever made was choosing Palin as his running mate...I will never get that one.

    July 28, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. KellyinBoston

    Well, at least I know where I can send dollars to whomever runs against this Illinois TP hobbit next time!

    July 28, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. rapierpoint

    I find it interesting that since McCain says a balanced budget amendment is not possible they shouldnt be trying. I guess he was in favor of just picking up and leaving Viet Nam since victory there wasn't possible. :)

    July 28, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Siesta Key

    Walsh is not a good example of fiscally handling ones financial responsibilities. The voters that sent him to DC deserve what they will get.

    July 28, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. SB

    Naturally they'd call McCain clueless. I mean a Republican that's willing to compromise and listen to reason? Obviously he's clueless! Because he's the only one that makes sense.

    July 28, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. evelyn

    So not paying a $117,000 in child support is part of "living this experience"?

    You sound a lot like my ex who had plenty of money for a motorcycle, car, boat, partying, etc., but not enough to pay for his kids, their clothes, insurance, education, etc. Yeh, you're living this experience all right.

    July 28, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Molly Weasley

    Joe Walsh the deadbeat dad is refusing the raise the debt ceiling to pay for the deficit created by Republican policies, like the Bush tax cuts and two unfunded wars.

    He owes $117,000 in unpaid child support to his ex-wife and kids, yet he could afford to take his new girlfriend on foreign vacations and "lend" $35,000 to his own campaign, much of which was paid back to himself. Oh, and apparently he didn't pay his campaign manager, either.

    No wonder he doesn't want to raise the debt ceiling - he must think paying bills is for suckers.

    Hey, CNN: Where's the story on this? This is a lot more offensive than anything Anthony Wiener ever did, and we had to put up with that garbage coverage for weeks. Walsh guy is a hypocritical scumbag. If CNN and the networks had any decency, they'd stop putting this creep Walsh on TV.

    American voters: Next time, DO YOUR HOMEWORK before you vote.

    July 28, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. navymom

    Joe Walsh, while saying to his kids who were at the time young and living with their mother (his ex) that I don't have money to help pay for your meals and school needs and clothes, got on a plane with his girlfriend (new wife now) twice for vacations abroad. Hmmmm was he thinking ... what should I do , on one hand the kids need to be cared for but on the other hand poopsie want to go overseas for a holiday. Hmmm I KNOW, I'll do what I want , I deserve a vacation, those kids need to learn to live within their means !!
    HERE is a portion of another article about how wise he is about financial management::::
    """"The congressman's alleged financial problems made headlines while he was campaigning last year, when former campaign field director Richard Cape claimed he would "spend, spend, spend uncontrollably." His campaign manager quit and sued for $20,000 in nonpayment, and two other staffers who quit accused him of not properly disclosing a 2008 home foreclosure and traffic citations to the public, taking their grievances public. Walsh also bounced checks, including one to a Republican fundraiser.""""

    July 28, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. ELR

    Deadbeat hypocrite! He's the one without a clue – talking like he somehow knows how to get us out of financial crisis? Are you kidding me?! He couldn't keep himself from financial disaster! Yes, let's trust him to take care of things – NOT!

    July 28, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. maria richard

    Uh-huh... and you think we the citizens should trust you, Mr. Walsh? Let's do the math: house in foreclosure, $100K behind on child support, questionable work history yet you found your own $35k to give to your cmapaign instead of your children. Iam lol cuz Ikow your15 minutes of fame are soon over. Yea, keeping talking to the media. They will hang your reputation......even your party redistricted you and now you are without a district. Love it

    July 28, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Sank

    It is time for McCain to go. He's lived off the hero bit of Military he participated in. I take nothing away from his being a POW but after all he was shot down on his maiden flight. Not very smart but he did survive all the tortures of many a year as a prisoner. He is a hero for that. But you can't become someone who knows what this country needs from doing that. So he should just fade away no one apppreciates him anymore. We need all the old heads gone and some mordern honest people who will not accept brides and will work for the people in office. SOMEONE HAS TO FIGHT OBAMA AND GEORGE SOROS. THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO BE SICK BEFORE OBAMA IS GONE. HE INTENDS TO DESTROY AMERICA. OF COURSE HIS FOLLOWERS WLL NOT BELIEVE THEY WILL HAVE TO BE SHOWN AND IT'S COMING FAST UPON THEM.

    July 28, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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