July 5th, 2012
05:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Rep. Walsh defends remarks about opponent

(CNN) - Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., told CNN's Ashleigh Banfield that he has no regrets about saying the military service of his his opponent, Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, is "all she talks about," and that outrage over his remarks "is a manufactured issue."

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  1. DorisV

    Good luck to Tammy Duckworth. Hope she wins. That Walsh person sounds like a man who is full of himself and needs to be kicked in the backside and voted out of Congress and off the planet.

    July 5, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Charlie from the North

    Look I know that not everyone agrees with my politics. It is just a fact of political life some agree, some do not. But I cannot imagine anyone liberal, conservative or in between that would not recognize this SOB as living proof that horses asses out number horses.

    July 5, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Two years ago I lost one brother who was a Vietnam Veteran and two (2) weeks ago I lost another brother who was also a Veteran. Five of my six brothers served in our Military, so when you dishonor our Military men and women you have no honor. P.S. I don't know whether my deceased brothers were Democrats or Republicans but I do know they served the country they loved.

    July 5, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. bc runner

    These are the type of leaders the tea party is following..

    Ronald Reagan must be turning in his grave...

    July 5, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Ben

    This ranting, hyperactive lunatic is considered the 'tip of the spear' for the tea party.

    July 5, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. WalshMyBowls

    What I don't get is Mr. Walsh's claim that she doesn't say where she stands. Five minutes on google and I found her site (which has a dearth of info about her views), 2 videos of speeches where she talked about what should would do, and multiple newspaper articles. Does she it seem she flaunts her military service? Maybe, but I really don't think so, because she comes from a military family is military and married military. I have many friends who are from military families and it is a completely different mindset. And even if she does flaunt it, you know what, she gets too. She put her country before her own life, which I think is a bit more honorable then holding out on thousands of dollars of child support payments like Mr. Walsh.

    July 5, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. ED FL

    I have always felt that if in todays political fights, that if we were to find a GOP political flunky that served in the armed forces it would be more than likely a Woman.GOP males have an aversion to fighting wars ,their preference is to start them and send other peoples kids to get killed and wounded.

    July 5, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Economy is trouble BECAUSE 2 WARS, TRICKLE DOWN nonsense. Lack of educated guys like myview idiot., ok, this nation needs education, oil independence. Ok, which Obama is focusing, ok., yes on obama12.

    July 5, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. stars

    He is a walking time bomb.

    July 5, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. acajunthatsagun

    The destruction of the Republican Party is being sown from within. A couple more election cycles and Republicans will be a permanent minority party.

    July 5, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. Bonnie

    Where is Senator McCain? Has he commented on this topic? Just wondering.......

    July 5, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. bilk7

    There are an awful lot of Congressmen who deserve to be beaten in November and this guy tops the list!

    July 5, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I find nothing patriotic about the current day republican party and am proud to now be an independent voter. I will seek out candidates who are not extremist fanatics and demonstrate common sense. Unfortunately, this eliminates most of the members of today's republican party.

    July 5, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  14. CBR

    Mr. Walsh is having a hard time dealing with this candidate. People immediately know that she has been in battle just because of her injuries. He needs to get the discussion going in another direction and he is not able to do that. Bet that makes him mad.

    July 5, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. lib

    Hilarious how some GOP commenters on here are so embarrassed by Walsh that they are trying to dig up anything about the President to compare him with Walsh. Stop tying. Walsh should resign. Majority have voted.

    July 5, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. Sirned

    You know Republicans as a liberal I can see that Clinton was a sleeze while in office. And as soon as I knew of John Edwards love affairand his lies he was history in my book. Every Democrat caught lieing or being a sleeze should be shunned by everyone. So why is it Republicans never throw out and condemn their creeps? Instead you guys seem to go conveniently blind. Democrats once a Democratic politician fairly is shown to be a creep we throw him under the bus gladly and move on.... defending Walsh makes the whole Republican party look like zombie sheep instead of rational thinkers....Just saying

    July 5, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  17. BJL

    Mr. Bush insinuated that Mr. McCain was mentally unstable during their run at the White House together. Mr. Bush won that contest with his usual character assassination and innuendo. Mr. Walsh needs some counseling and perhaps a stint in the county jail for failure to pay child support. REAL men take care of their responsibilites.

    July 5, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  18. TeeRoy

    Walsh is a good example of why I changed parties. The GOP is becoming the party of morons.

    July 5, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. Mr. White

    Why did I KNOW, even before I looked his record up, that joe walsh is just another squawking conservative/republican/tea bagger chickenhawk who never served in the US military?

    And why is "fair and balanced" fox news NOT reporting this?

    If a democrat had said that same things about a republican veteran it would be all they bleat about!

    July 5, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. TAK

    Another thing about Joe Walsh ... nothing is ever his fault. His, "... manufactured issue." remark is typical of the way Walsh deflects things that blow up in his face. In his little world there is always someone else to blame.

    July 5, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
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