Walsh Says His Opponent’s Military Service Should Win Praise, Not Votes

In an interview with Politico last week, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) downplayed his opponent Tammy Duckworth’s military service and injuries. “What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran … ehhh,” he said about Duckworth, who lost both legs and part of an arm while serving in Iraq. Walsh issued an explanatory statement to Politico today. He does not apologize for his insensitive remarks, and said that while Duckworth’s military service is praise-worthy, it is not a reason why voters should choose her. “Wearing the uniform should immediately earn everyone’s respect. It should not, however, earn everyone’s vote,” he said. “If that were the case, Ms. Duckworth and the Liberal advocacy group VoteVets would have both supported John McCain over Barack Obama.”