Pretty amazing that a losing Congressional candidate would be interviewed by liberal commentator Carol Marin, but on Wednesday night, there was Joe Walsh, all alone, answering her questions on WTTW.
Under the posted interview is the following explanation:
“National star of the Republican Party, Joe Walsh, joins us to talk about the state of the GOP in Illinois, and what’s next on his agenda.”
Walsh was asked if he were running again for something.
“You wouldn’t deny that, would you?”
“Not at all,” Walsh replied in his calm TV manner.
“I don’t know if another run is in the cards. That’s in God’s hands.”
Marin interspersed comments by Walsh that made nightly news shows during the campaign.
Acknowledging the “gotcha” kind of politics we live in, Walsh replied by explaining that he had more constituent contact than any other congressman and it was impossible not to make mistakes here and there.
With regard to his lack of reaction to the attacks made on him with regard to abortion, he said that he should have pointed out that Tammy Duckworth favored using taxpayer dollars to finance abortions. [My disagreement with that approach has already been written.]
“We train our politicians to act like seals and not say anything to offend voters,” Walsh said.
Marin wanted to know if the Tea Party ship had sailed.
“Gosh, no,” Walsh replied, saying the size of government and the problem of piling debt on the back of our children was still a fervent issue.
He pointed out that Tea Party adherents came with views on social issues than spanned the spectrum, but pointed out that he was “Pro-Life without exception.”
How about the chance to be a radio talk show host on WIND syndicated by the Salem Radio Network?
“There’s an opportunity.”
“There are discussions.”
And what did he say about potential Republican gubernatorial opponents and other Republicans?
- Bill Brady – Shouldn’t run again. He’s run twice.
- Kirk Dillard – Nice man. He’s been down in Springfield forever.
- Dan Rutherford – Nice man. He’s been down in Springfield forever.
- Adan Kinzinger – You know what, not as conservative as people think, but a good congressman.
- Christine Radogno – Part of the problem. The face of the Republican Party along with Tom Cross, a Republican Party in Illinois, Carol, that has been devoid of any ideas. We haven’t stood for anything, which has enabled the Democrats to run the state into the ground.
- Judy Baar Topinka – Go to Florida and just retire and have a good life.
- Bruce Rauner – He’s a Democrat. Bruce Runner and again I know got gazillion dollars and he wants to run for governor as a Republican. He’s Rahm Emmanuel’s best friend. He’s given Democrats more money than he’s given Republicans. He gave Mike Madigan’s House candidates money. I just don’t think he’s a Republican.
- Peter Roskam – Great congressman
- Randy Hultgren – Nice man. Very good congressman.
- Mark Kirk – God, it was good to see him walk up those steps and I hope and sincerely hope and pray every day that he can stay where he is and do his job. (So you would support him?) Oh, gosh yeah. And, again, Carol, Mark Kirk and I are very different Republicans, but we’re still under that big tent.