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    Rep. Joe Walsh stands by accusation Tammy Duckworth politicizes her military service

    Rep. Joe Walsh stands by accusation Tammy Duckworth politicizes her military service | The Ticket - Yahoo! News

    Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh, who has earned a reputation for caustic remarks and spontaneous tirades, this week accused opponent Tammy Duckworth--a double-amputee who lost her legs while serving as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot in Iraq--of using her military service to score political points.The Illinois Republican-- who has not served in the military-- on Wednesday chose not to back down from comments he made accusing his Democratic opponent of talking too much about her time in the Army.
    "She is a hero, and that demands our respect, but it doesn't demand our vote," Walsh said Wednesdayon CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. "All she does, guys, is talk about her service."


    On Thursday, Walsh stood by his comments, telling CNN host Ashleigh Banfield: "This wasn't a slip up. I don't regret anything I said." Walsh added that he honors every man or woman who served in the military and accused Duckworth's campaign and his opponents of "manufacturing" an issue and of conducting opposition research against him.
    There is nothing funnier than a Republican complaining about people "politicizing" military service. Anyone remember when Republicans were lockstep in their "with us or against us" mentality? And if you were against Iraq you were against the troops and whatever vague mission they had that week?
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    Re: Rep. Joe Walsh stands by accusation Tammy Duckworth politicizes her military serv

    Calling this Walsh prick an asshole would be an insult to assholes everywhere.
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    Re: Rep. Joe Walsh stands by accusation Tammy Duckworth politicizes her military serv

    As a veteran I feel very comfortable saying that there are definitely some politicians that try to use their military service for political gain. Now whether it is taking place in this particular instance I don't know, I am unfamiliar with the race. But having read the link provided it seems like a big deal about nothing. It's not like he called the military commander in Afghanistan a liar while testifying to Congress. General Be-tray-us, anyone?

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    Re: Rep. Joe Walsh stands by accusation Tammy Duckworth politicizes her military serv

    Quote Originally Posted by jerry7 View Post
    As a veteran I feel very comfortable saying that there are definitely some politicians that try to use their military service for political gain. Now whether it is taking place in this particular instance I don't know, I am unfamiliar with the race. But having read the link provided it seems like a big deal about nothing. It's not like he called the military commander in Afghanistan a liar while testifying to Congress. General Be-tray-us, anyone?
    Wait, let me see if I understand your position here: this isn't a big deal because other people have acted like assholes too? Really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Wait, let me see if I understand your position here: this isn't a big deal because other people have acted like assholes too? Really?
    As I stated some politicians attempt to use their military service for political gain. And sometimes they're called on it. It's not a crime and I don't find it offensive. What I do find offensive are unwarranted attacks on the integrity of active duty military personnel by politicians for political gain.

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    Re: Rep. Joe Walsh stands by accusation Tammy Duckworth politicizes her military serv

    Quote Originally Posted by jerry7 View Post
    As I stated some politicians attempt to use their military service for political gain. And sometimes they're called on it. It's not a crime and I don't find it offensive. What I do find offensive are unwarranted attacks on the integrity of active duty military personnel by politicians for political gain.
    So unwarranted attacks on vets is ok, on active duty soldiers bad. Why do you make that distinction?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    So unwarranted attacks on vets is ok, on active duty soldiers bad. Why do you make that distinction?
    That's not what I said. I have not followed this particular campaign and stated that I don't know everything that has been said. I also stated that my opinion was based on the link provided. And what I read in the link did not appear to me to be an unwarranted attack on a vet. Can you point out the unwarranted attack on Duckworth in the link? And bear in mind that an active duty soldier appearing before a political committee is very limited in responding to character assasination. It's no where near a level playing field.
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    Re: Rep. Joe Walsh stands by accusation Tammy Duckworth politicizes her military serv

    Quote Originally Posted by jerry7 View Post
    As a veteran I feel very comfortable saying that there are definitely some politicians that try to use their military service for political gain. Now whether it is taking place in this particular instance I don't know, I am unfamiliar with the race. But having read the link provided it seems like a big deal about nothing. It's not like he called the military commander in Afghanistan a liar while testifying to Congress. General Be-tray-us, anyone?
    I side with Walsh 100%

    We're at 8.2% unemployment in a shrinking Job Market. Military service is always to be honored and respected, but it doesn't mean that's the only thing you can run on. This is the hypocrisy of the left however. They can slime the military, call them murderers and terrorists, cut their pay and benefits, raise the cost of their benefits, and now suddenly they act outraged when one of their political opponents says they should campaign and run on the issues? Doesn't pass the laugh test.

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    Re: Rep. Joe Walsh stands by accusation Tammy Duckworth politicizes her military serv

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    So unwarranted attacks on vets is ok, on active duty soldiers bad. Why do you make that distinction?
    How is it an "unwarranted attack on a vet" to ask your opponent during an election to debate the actual issues?

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    Re: Rep. Joe Walsh stands by accusation Tammy Duckworth politicizes her military serv

    Quote Originally Posted by jerry7 View Post
    That's not what I said. I have not followed this particular campaign and stated that I don't know everything that has been said. I also stated that my opinion was based on the link provided. And what I read in the link did not appear to me to be an unwarranted attack on a vet. Can you point out the unwarranted attack on Duckworth in the link? And bear in mind that an active duty soldier appearing before a political committee is very limited in responding to character assasination. It's no where near a level playing field.
    There is no evidence in the link that the attack is warranted. The information there only discusses Walsh's accusation. Based on that and ONLY that evidence, what makes you decide that the attack was NOT unwarranted?
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