The Man Who Just Beat Eric Cantor Won’t Answer Basic Policy Questions

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David Brat — who scored one of the biggest upsets in recent political history on Tuesday by unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the primary — tried to avoid answering specific policy questions in one of his first national television interviews, insisting that he “didn’t get enough sleep last night.”

Instead, Brat stuck to generalities about “fiscal issues and the Republican creed,” telling MSNBC host Chuck Todd that he believed in “free markets, equal treatment of everyone under the law, fiscal responsibility, adherence to the constitution, and a strong defense and faith in God and strong moral character.” Pressed for his position about raising the minimum wage, the economic professor demurred, saying “I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one.” He added, “all I know is if you take the long-run graph over 200 years of the wage rate, it cannot differ from your nation’s productivity.”

The conversation grew even more strained when Todd asked Brat if he supports arming the Syrian rebels. The GOP nominee immediately tried to dismiss the issue, saying, “hey Chuck, I thought we were just going to chat today about the celebratory aspects. I’d love to go through all of this, but my mind is just, I didn’t get enough sleep last night.” Watch it:

Though Brat ran significantly to the right of Eric Cantor, blasting the 7-term Congressman for supporting “amnesty” and being too closely associated with “crony capitalism,” the “issues” section of his website is just as vague as his MSNBC interview. Stretching just 871 words, the site is filled with generalities about restoring “the relationship between doctor and patient,” “broad-spectrum energy approach that relies on the free market” and “ending our reliance on foreign oil.”