July 29th, 2010
09:55 AM ET
13 years ago

Rangel offers statement ahead of ethics hearing

Washington (CNN) - Embattled New York Rep. Charlie Rangel brought up his Korean War experience Thursday while discussing his upcoming House ethics hearing.

"Sixty years ago, I survived a Chinese attack in North Korea," Rangel said. "And as a result I wrote a book that, having survived that, that I haven't had a bad day since. Today I have to reassess that."

The title of Rangel's autobiography is "And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    When there has to be a "deal", you know there is something to hide.

    July 29, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Capt. Snarky

    "I am not a Crook!" (paraphrasing here)

    Seems to me that I've heard that statement somewhere in the past – from another politician who resigned in disgrace..

    July 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    "Sixty years ago, I survived a Chinese attack in North Korea"

    Is that violin music I hear in the background?

    Rangel, you low-life thieving crook... here's a fact. Thousands of US soldiers survived Chinese attacks in the Korean conflict.

    And while you may not be using that as an excuse, it's not germaine to the conversation – so just drop it.

    As they say in Monopoly... "Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200."

    July 29, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Rangel is a crook and should resign his seat in disgrace!

    July 29, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Paul from Phoenix

    What self-centered garbage from the posterchild of why we need term limits.

    His service has nothing to do with his criminal tax dealings. What a pathetic attempt to try and get some sympathy.

    July 29, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Richie in Mass

    Funny how if this was a republican accused of all these things it would have been resolved 2 years ago and the press would be ripping him apart. Since it's a black Democrat he gets no real press. The Today Show would have had a special on it if it was a Republican. No media bias, nope.

    BTW his defense is he is a war veteran. So I guess as a veteran I can cheat on my taxes?

    July 29, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Jerry

    Maybe he has not had a bad day but he has created a lot of bad days for Americans, get rid of him.

    July 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. New Age Independant

    Rangle is nothing but a criminal an should be thrown in jail. There should be no deals whatsoever. It's time for Democrats to begin cleaning their own house, and there's no better place to start.

    July 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Fed Up

    Wait a second Mr. Rangel. I thought you were looking forward to this hearing. Then I saw the other day that you were trying to work out a settlement so you could avoid a hearing. Why would there be a settlement if you haven't done anything? Where is the great excitement for a hearing so you can be totally exonerated? Sounds like something fishy is going on here. Oh, that's right – normal politican behavior. Blame it on the right-wing conspiracy. It worked for Billy.

    July 29, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Eric

    If Rangel were anyone OTHER than a democrat, my advice would be, "Don't drop the soap."

    But, given that he's a democrat, my advice to him is: deny everything and when something comes to light that you absolutely cannot deny because of physical evidence, just say, "It's George Bush's fault."

    Bush. The liberal get-out-of-jail-free card.

    July 29, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. as a result I wrote a book?


    what does that have to do with all this mess you have made when you should bave been working for the public

    you are quickly making yourself a disgrace

    as a democrat I ask you to resign

    July 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. proud conservative

    Oh Charlie, I'm sure it will only get worse from here...

    July 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Get A Grip

    Fire the tax cheat CROOK and put him in jail. Do to him what your everyday hard working taxpayer would get if we cheated like this tax cheat. Disgusting how Nancy Pelosi has covered for this cheat. Come to think of it, fire that CROOK Nancy Pelosi as well.

    July 29, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. ken

    Serving your country honerably decades ago is not an excuse for criminal behavior and abuse of office today.

    July 29, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |