Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker was grilled on Sunday over the hypocrisy of his close ties to the Koch Brothers while fighting “liberal special interests” such as public unions and Planned Parenthood.
During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Walker suggested that he was running as an “outsider” — like Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina — because he had taken on special interest groups while serving as the governor of Wisconsin.
“I’ve shown that I can take on those same powerful special interests,” Walker insisted. “It was the big government union bosses and the liberal special interests in Washington.”
“I respect that you’ve taken on liberal special interests,” Tapper noted. “But you’ve been backed by Republican special interests like the Koch brothers, right? How does that square with what you are saying about taking on specials interests or do you think only liberal special interests are the ones worth taking on?”
“I’m taking on the ones in Washington,” Walker insisted. “And in my state, I didn’t just take on the unions and Democrats… I’m willing to take on anyone. I stood up to 100,000 protesters, I took on the death threats, I took on threats [to] my family.”
“But aren’t the Koch brothers special interests too?” Tapper pressed. “Can you give me an example of one time you took on a conservative special interests?”
“I raised 80 million in three and a half years, 70 percent of it came from people who gave me $75 or less,” Walker argued. “We’ve raised from over 300,000 donors in all 50 states.”
“The folks in my own party, I’ve spoken out — I’ve spoken out about my frustration about Obamacare,” he continued. “I’ve spoken out about things like Planned Parenthood, which I defunded more than four years ago in a blue state long before these video tapes. We did it in a blue state, there’s no reason it can’t be done in Washington, and I lay some of that blame on some of the leadership in the Congress.”
Watch the video below from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast Sept. 13, 2014.
‘Conjecture and musings’: Dem senator tears into Trump ‘election fraud’ witness at Michigan hearing
Michigan state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D) blasted former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) at an election fraud hearing on Tuesday.
At a state Senate Oversight Committee hearing, Colbeck suggested that there was a plot to use voting machines to steal the election from President Donald Trump.
For his part, Irwin noted that Trump had not requested a recount in Michigan.
"If you were on the losing end, much like, say, President Trump or candidate John James, would you have requested a recount?" the Democratic lawmaker asked.
"I've doubts with the integrity of the recount process," Colbeck replied. "So, I probably would not have done that."
C-SPAN caller claims vaccine companies are trying to implant him with ‘tracking device’
A C-SPAN caller from North Carolina claimed on Tuesday that pharmaceutical companies are plotting to include a tracking device in COVID-19 vaccines.
"I'm 71 years old, basically in pretty good health," a caller named Mark told C-SPAN's Washington Journal. "I don't really have any problem taking the vaccine except that I'm hearing of the possibility of them including a barcoded tracking device that will be a part of the vaccination and they say the reason for that, if it's true, would be to better get effective results with respect to the virus and the vaccination."
"Where are you reading this report?" the C-SPAN host interrupted.
Proud Boys member talks armed revolt outside Giuliani event: ‘We’re not going to stand back and stand by’
A member of the Proud Boys suggested on Monday that his group might stage an armed revolt if the current election results are allowed to stand.
The Proud Boys member spoke outside of an event in Phoenix, Arizona, where Rudy Giuliani was meeting with Republican lawmakers to dispute President Donald Trump's loss in the 2020 election.
"I'm not scared of COVID, I'm an American citizen!" the man exclaimed to the crowd. "At the moment, we're free. But the moment they start trying to take our Constitution is the moment the Second Amendment kicks in."