Friday, November 6, 2009

Former GOP Congressman Walks Out of MSNBC Interview

Former Colorado Congressman and candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination for 2008 Tom Tancredo walked off the set of MSNBC's The Ed Show, with David Shuster subbing for host Ed Schultz after a discussion about Thursday's staged anti healthcare event on the Capitol's steps turned into an on the set argument with Daily Kos's Markos Moulitas.

Tancredo wouldn't criticize Republican leaders who appeared and spoke at the so called "press conference", which was in opposition to healthcare reform. When Moulitas defended government healthcare programs like the Veteran's Administration, Tancredo answered that veterans would rather have choice, like a voucher system.

Then this exchange occurred (from The Huffington Post).

"Tom, I'm a veteran. Okay?" Moulitas responded. "I did not get a deferment because I was too depressed to fight a war I supported in Vietnam. I'm a veteran. They want a more effective V.A. ..."

"You're not going to do that. You're not going to try to insult me that way and then pretend like we're just going on and talk about that. You either apologize ..." When Moulitas did not apologize, Tancredo simply took out his earpiece and walked away.

As a Republican student activist, Tancredo spoke out in favor of the Vietnam War but did not serve.

READ MORE from The Huffington Post.

An article from The Denver (originally posted 11/27/05 and updated 9/04/06) said the following about Tom Tancredo during his college years during the Vietnam War era....

"As a Republican student activist, Tancredo spoke out in favor of the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in June 1969, he became eligible to serve in Vietnam. Tancredo said he went for his physical, telling doctors he'd been treated for depression, and eventually got a "1-Y" deferment."

Soon afterward Tancredo became a junior high school teacher. In 1976 he ran and won a seat in the State House of Representatives in Colorado.

(For the record and in the interest of full disclosure, this writer served in the United States Air Force for 4.5 years during that same era. The United States was involved in combat operations in Vietnam during the first two of those years).


TomCat said...

Funny thing about those ChickenHawks. While I was never in the military due to a fortunate lottery number, I was in the front lines of protests against the war, frequently attacked by police and guardsmen for my participation in non-violent civil disobedience. I left blood in several US cities, so I think I earned far more respect than Tancredo.

Hugh Jee From Jersey said...

TomCat- In those days people (Vietnam Era) we did what our conscience told us to do. You did what you needed to do, I did it a different way...and to be upfront, I volunteered rather than let myself be drafted. I had more options that way.

The Tancredos and the Limbaughs of the world, and these Second and Third Generation Chickenhawks make me sick. They'll cheer lead while others do the fighting and dying, and some end up being deployed two, three, four times in combat. What really disturbs me is when they refer to progressives and liberals as "elitists".

Is their anything more elitist than watching countrymen come home in bodybags or with limbs blown off, and being willing to let others continue to fight the same war year after year...because you have better things to do with your time?

Years ago, during the invasion of Grenada, some young country club Republican type told me exactly was OK for others to do the fighting; he had work to do and babes to hang with. Its more than twenty years later, and that conversation still makes me angry.

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