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. Just a Thought

    This guy starts his new job and starts telling the people who have been around for years that they "have no clue" I am VERY confident that he will not last as long in job as McCain has. What an ego!

    July 28, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. RAYMOND

    Spoken just like the insolent, immature, bratty little smart alecky brat he is. Just like an impudent punk, Joe Walsh has NO respect for anybody or anything and acts as if he knows it all. The "adults" in the room KNOW such behavior usually leads to trouble down the road. As the saying goes, "A hard head makes a soft @$$"!

    July 28, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Rod

    He sounds like an all-around (clueless) loser to me. What does he know about paying your bills... Hypocritical T-bagger.

    July 28, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Dean from Michigan

    Mr. Walsh is simply ignorance incarnate.

    Senator McCain has logged more hours washing his hands in the Congressional Rest Room then Mr. Walsh has put in as far as service to his country.

    Just one more example of the attitude of political terrorists, essentially political suicide bombers, that refuse to actually listen to the voice of the people that they represent. They came to change Washington and instead will simply set the GOP back decades.

    We see political extremists around the world and our country does it's best to depose them and I imagine that in hindsight, the Republican Party truly regrets embracing the Tea Party. It was their only shot at taking one of the governing bodies but instead it has served only to divide the party.

    Whether intended or not, I think the Tea Party will prove to be one of the Democratic Parties biggest allies. I guess we will know for sure come election time. It's a sad state of affairs in our Nation's Capitol to be sure.

    July 28, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. The Watcher

    My ex wife had made attempts to have me arrested for being one week late on an alimony payment. This guy is how far behind on his CHILD care? I can see why these clowns could care less about social programs. He has abandoned his kids and is living the high life in DC. WOW, will this insanity ever end?

    July 28, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Laughing sooo hard

    So Walsh's problem NOT paying !!! 117,000 $$ !!!! and his foreclosed house "reflect the situation" us normal Americans are in? Priceless !!
    Under which rock did this turnip live? What good American dad owes That much money in child support to the ex-. Hahahaha, can you hear the death knell ringing? Oooops, doodoo on his shoes, and then he put his foot into his mouth too. Naughty boy.

    July 28, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Florida Joe

    How dare this guy tell America what we should do when he can't even keep his own house in order........NOT paying child support is beyond reprehensible.....typical Repub do as I say not as I do...........These clowns are just not smart enough to know raising the debt ceiling is NOT MORE SPENDING IT'S PAYING FOR WHAT YOU ALREADY BOUGHT......MOST OF IT BY THE REPUB X CU OR HE RICH....Of course a guy that loses his home, doesn't pay child support could hardly be expected to understand OBLIGATIONS and living up to them!!

    July 28, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Mark

    This bozo doesn't have a clue about the financial hardships that his EX WIFE has faced since 2002 when he decided not to pay child support! This hypocritical jerk sits there and tries to lecture Obama about the Democrats about fiscal responsibility when he owes his wife over $100,000. He had his drivers license suspended and then drove on a suspended license. They foreclosed on his home because he didn't pay the mortgage!. And this moron wants to lecture about personal responsibility! You folks that live in his district (north/west suburbs/Chicago) better not make the mistake of electing this jerk again!

    July 28, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Sank

    ThinkAgain – If you want something you must work for it. It's not the Republicans keeping you down it is your idiot mouth. Your worthl;ess and want something for nothing. We the independents know what you are. Instead of growing the watermelons you want someone to give them to you or you will steal them at night.

    July 28, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Arlene from Illinois

    I'm from his 8th Dist. in illinois and still can't understand how he was elected but he only won by
    only 200 hundred votes but he's a one termer so enjoy.

    July 28, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Martin

    Another Tea Party member who criticizes others but offers no solutions of their own.

    "I'm more concerned with the debt than with the Aug 2 deadline"? Really? Because NONE of the plans offered so far do ANYTHING to address the debt issue, they ALL just adjust how much the debt will increase.

    In the TEA Party, you claim to be "Taxed Enough Already" but the minute they threaten your Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or other entitlement programs you start screaming in advertisements on tv that "you'd better not take that away".

    You can't have it both ways. Entitlement programs without taxes just isn't possible.

    If you have an idea as to how this IS possible, by all means, please, bring it forward.

    If not, quit your bellyaching.

    July 28, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. M

    LOL ::shaking head:: Yet ANOTHER MORALLY BANKRUPT GreedOverPeople Tea Bagger. So called "conservatives" & "christians". The 10 Commandments & Proper Morals & Values is what our once great nation was founded on. 99.9% of the Repugs are the "goats" which are described in the Holy Bible. Elections can't get here soon enough!! Though I'm conservative, green, independent, I would love to see House & Congress 100% Dem/Independents, no divorces or affairs..All Races & Religions (including Muslim) with Obama as Pres again! Wishful thinking, but the Repugs, with help of Baggers, have/are hopefully ERASING THE GreedOverPeople from all future history! UNITED WE STAND! Divided, GOP is trying darnedest to make us fall. Racist, non-moral, GOATS need be gone & "Supreme Court" is not what founding fathers meant & created. Most of our laws need rewritten where the Greed & Tenure does not remain, nor Leg Branch voting own raises! ONE LAW FOR ALL & that includes retirement (MediCare & SS)......Not private pensions & health care along with SS both paid for by our taxes!! Freeze Congressional COLA's again & cut their fat checks by abput 75K! Insane how their pay has risen in last 20 yrs & SS hasn't seen miniscule COLA in over 3 yrs. Thank you Baggers for bringing down GreedyOldPigs. NEVER AGAIN will they control either house!

    July 28, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Progressive Jedi

    Respectfully, eff yoo. If the country defaults, so will I. I'm not paying any increase in intrest rates. I'll default on my entire debt. I'll tell thabanks that got bailouts under the GOP take a hike, I'll tell the oil companies get a shaft! No more!

    July 28, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. The Watcher

    "Rank-and-file members of Congress are paid $174,000 a year." I guess we know why the poor kids can't have the needed health care they should have.

    July 28, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. 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?

    July 28, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. roscoe

    I guess it has become popular to vote for the most ignorant candidate that can be found. When your political party becomes more important to you than the country, time to stop voting. If your politcal party starts to value stupidity more than intelligence, time to switch to another party.

    July 28, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Steve

    Why would anyone listen to a deadbeat who doesn't pay his child support! He cries about adding debt his children will have to pay! Hypocrisy your name is Joe Walsh!

    July 28, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. 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. Who listens to this worthless zoid anyway.

    July 28, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Church of Realism

    Maybe Walsh should focus on paying his child support first before popping off about what the country needs to do.

    July 28, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Mary

    It's the tea partiers who are clueless. They think small time...that a government budget can be handled the way their family budget is dealt with. Yes we need to cut spending, but not on essentials. Those who actually have money and make lots of money know that the bigger the stakes, the more you spend and borrow to finance it. Jobs have not been the result of the Bush tax cuts, and continuing them won't change that.
    Raising the debt ceiling was fine with Republicans when Bush was President, but not now? We are standing shoulder to shoulder with a major recession as the result of Bush era economic policies and the current republican refusal to do what is right for the American people instead of what big business keeps paying them to do.

    July 28, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. STEVEN

    This comes from a man who doesn't even know the size of the US Economy. It's amazing that we as voters are sending the most ignorant people to congress. This gentleman while on Chris Mathews show was asked about the size of US Economy and he didn't have a clue about the question. Now, this is a man who has gone berserk about the deficit, and I was wondering whether he really comprehends the issue at hand if he couldn't answer a simple question like the size of our economy.
    It's obvious from this debate that a small number of these tea par tiers are hell bent at causing mayhem for all of us because they still believe that the world is flat. No matter how one tries to reason with them, they won't even accept that gravity exists!!!

    July 28, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Pissed off

    How come Joe Walsh who is gainfully employed is not now a felon with a nonsupport felony as my son is who has no drivers license and no job and can not pay child support is now a felon .Since when is being poor a crime. why is he not being dragged to court every six months as my son is for child support. My son owes nothing because every thing he makes goes to child support and probation fees for non support felony. My son at least try,s and pays what he can.Joe Walsh is a state Rep and does not pay support, just goes to show that it isall about how much money you have

    July 28, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. rs

    I'll take the old Maverick, over Tea Party fools anyday. Republican Tea Party members like Walsh are what is wrong with America.

    July 28, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Erick

    The Teapublicans superbly exemplify the old adage "You can't fix stupid." And if they cause the US to default on its debt there'll be something else you can't fix–the US's credit rating. Sad state of affairs for the once-decent US of A.

    July 28, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Bruce

    Walsh is perfect. His life is a metaphor of the current crisis–totally devoid of irony–of what it means to run up a credit card bill and then refuse to pay it off, claiming that the latter action is necessary for "fiscal responsibility."

    July 28, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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