October 12th, 2010
01:32 PM ET
12 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.

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  1. Popster

    Tea Party, enforcing their own type of censorship. It's so childish. "If you don't play the way I make up the rules, then I will pick up my toys and go home" Get some maturity about you, and better yet, get a job where you are not scared to have someone dig into your personal life, because you obviously can't handle politics with the big boys and girls.

    October 12, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Can anyone name even one of these candidates that is not crazy?
    Angle? Rand? Odonnell? Miller? Everyone of them has lied, done or said something that would get most poeple ostercized.
    And their is their ringleader who is just as wacko- Palin.
    This is the future of conservativism. Lucky us.

    October 12, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. myk c

    Angle and Miller were doing basically the same thing..

    The latter was dictating the media what type of question to be asked, while the former, what kind of story to write.

    October 12, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. AB Baltimore MD

    Mr. Miller is delusional and naive if he thinks that he can ignore important media questions about his personal views and background which factor into his support or non-support of policy and legislative issues before Congress. He has something to hide and is evading the media. Rule number one in politics: Come clean with the press and anwser all relevant questions about your position on issues and your background.

    October 12, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. myk c

    They can always brag about fund-raising while (billionaires backing them up) supply last.

    October 12, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    I betcha "Miller HIGH Life" will go on FOX!! But then again, FOX asks the RIGHT Questions – The questions they were given BEFORE the interview!!! Maybe Miller should STOP living HIGH off himself and come back down to earth!!!

    You know what? If they don't want to answer questions from the MAIN MEDIA – then the MAIN MEDIA should not POLL them, TALK to them, INTERVIEW them, give them FREE ADS (which they do all the time and that it what makes all of these campaigns national), or allow them to answer questions that were prescreened. BUT that would never happen because that is all the MAIN MEDIA is focused on – the DIRT, the Gotchas, the Hate, the Slime and the NEGATIVITY!!

    With that said – if the candidates don’t SPEAK – the VOTERS will draw their own conclusions and decide if what they hear in the media is TRUE or NOT!!! Yes we will!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 12, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Realistic

    And we wonder why we are screwed up. We will elect people who refuse to answer questions and want everything packaged tightly. Another used car slaesman is what he is.

    October 12, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Coopm

    Why are these cowards so afraid to answer questions? Why are they seeming to be more interested in gaining votes and winning elections that in solving the problems and issues facing this country today?

    Mr. Miller, I lay down a challenge directly to you:

    Do all the national media interviews you possibly can. Let the people you want to 'represent' in Washington know who you really are, rather than hiding behind some BS policy of trying to dictate to the media what they ought to say. Stand up and be counted.

    That is of course, unless you are afraid of what public scrutiny might reveal.

    October 12, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. carlos

    so you are making it easy for the people in Alaska, and their resounding answer will be NO VOTE for you, carpetbagger.......vote DEMOCRAT in Alaska and Alaskans will be better off, just look at the hag s record, that should be enough to discourage anyone to vote repugnant.

    October 12, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Charles

    Sounds like Miller has something to hide. Maybe he should re-think public office if he's not willing to be transparent with the people he represents, and that goes for every political figure who wants to represent me as an American.

    October 12, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. dofhacc

    So, when do these people start answering the hard questions?

    October 12, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. bbrooker

    To some extent I agree, personal issues should be off the table and a focus on real stances on policy and solutions should be the focus. Unfortunately for most Tea Party candidates, if they DO have actual stances on policy it is usually things like "we should get rid of the Dept. of Education and Agriculture, abolish the IRS, change the 14th amendment and repeal civil rights."

    Republicans are in a panic and clearly have not put any thought into the candidates they supported in the primaries. A Palin endorsement and just being someone new does not a politician make.

    October 12, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. carlos

    here is your typical scumbag repugnant.......nothing to answer to WE THE PEOPLE.......only to the koch bros.

    October 12, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |

    First O'Donnell, the "I'm not a witch" T-party candidate sed she wudn't discuss private matters and now this guy, also T-party stuff. It smells of 3-day old fish without a fridge.Once U go public yor private life is watched, too. If U want to stay private, get out of the kitchen. Both these candidates are jokes and the voters will show 'em.

    October 12, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Adam

    Why would anyone vote for an unvetted unknown with no ideas?

    October 12, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Clwyd

    Teabugger COWARD! Why would a voter vote for a package without opening it? The republicans, which I used to be, have degenerated into a bunch of idiots with crazies running for office.

    October 12, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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