Congressman Joe Walsh was finally able to get Democratic candidate Tammy Duckworth to agree on a few debates with the first one being tonight on CLTV and WGNtv. This was the first of four that Duckworth reluctantly agreed to between now and the November election. After getting trounced by Walsh in ‘Round One’ we can see why she was so reluctant to debate the fiery Tea Party Congressman.
Walsh silenced Duckworth when asked if she would have bailed out the banks. Instead she said that she didn’t want to talk about the past but about the future. Here is a candidate that wants your vote in November but is unwilling to tell you how she would have voted on major policy issues in recent past. How would she have voted on the auto bailout? What are her thoughts on the recent Supreme Court Justice appointments? My gosh, if we don’t know how she would have voted, even with hindsight to her advantage, what would make us decide to elect her? To me she may have a lot of military smarts since that is about all she has been involved in since she enlisted in the service. However, when it comes to knowing anything about the banking situation or the auto manufacturing debacle, she falls flat on her nose. Why is it that she doesn’t want to discuss past policy decisions (as if she knows anything about them) but likes to talk about HER past military service and decided to play the sympathy card in her closing remarks?
She has refused to say whether she supports Obama’s budget yet calls the Republicans budget and Tea Partyers in general “Crackpots”. The suggestions that she came up with to cut spending and create jobs weren’t enough to fund the government for a day, let alone create any jobs. While she keeps herself occupied clipping coupons to save a few bucks at Walgreen’s, Walsh is busy trying to create jobs and save the voters of this District from the big spenders in Washington who still have not passed a balanced budget (or any budget in the last three years).
Duckworth tried again and again to hammer away at Walsh’s accomplishments during his time in Washington which made her appear totally uninformed about all the bills he has introduced. The fact of the matter is, several have gotten through the House only to die at Senator Harry Reid’s doorstep. Duckworth questioned Walsh’s stand on contraception with a total misunderstanding of the issue in question. As Walsh pointed out to her, the issue was separation of church and State, not whether he’s against contraception.
Hopefully by the time the second debate comes around Duckworth will have done a little more homework on her opponent and also come up with some plans that result in ‘billions’ of dollars in savings rather than mere ‘millions’ That’s like hoping a few pennies will buy you lunch.
Round One clearly goes to Congressman Joe Walsh
Here are links to the videos from CLTV.com so you can watch it and judge for yourself. Be sure that you don’t miss Part 4 around 08:30 minutes for Duckworth’s soon-to-be-famous “Crackpot” comment.