Friday, 31 October 2014 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
  • 'Tis the Season to Be Frightened

    Ebola, Dengue fever, West Nile virus ... Republican ideology created some of these threats in the first place, or managed to make others worse. The climate crisis, which Republicans dismiss en masse, is a key ingredient in all of them.

  • The 0.01 Percent's "I Reap All" Accounts

    At least 9,000 wealthy Americans have amassed $5 million-plus sized IRAs. Multimillionaires and billionaires are shielding vast fortunes from taxation with monstrously huge IRAs.

Mitch McConnel Doesn't Have "Any Particular Reaction" to Tea Party Audience Cheering for Death

Monday, 19 September 2011 05:58 By Amanda Peterson Beadle, Think Progress | Report

Rather than take a moment to condemn GOP debate audiences that cheered for executions and toleave a man to die, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he didn’t have “any particular reaction.” When host David Gregory asked McConnell on Meet The Press if the cheers troubled him as a Republican, McConnell deferred, saying there would be lots of debates and audience reactions during the campaign. Watch it:

As Gregory explained, Republicans say they are the “party of life,” but many aren’t matching their rhetoric to their ideals.

First, audience members cheered at the GOP debate in California when moderator Brian Williams brought up Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s death penalty execution record, which at the time was 234. Then, the crowd at the most recent GOP debate in Florida cheered when Wolf Blitzer asked candidate Rep. Ron Paul (TX) if he thought society should allow a man to die if he had no health insurance but suddenly became needed intensive treatment, with some cheering to “let him die.” (A fictional scenario which, it turns out, mirrors the life and tragic death of Paul’s 2008 campaign strategist.)

So far, Perry is the only GOP presidential candidate to come out against the “let him die” question, saying he was “taken aback” by the cheers. But when a leading Republican was given the chance, McConnell did not step up to condemn the cheers for death from GOP debate audiences. Instead, he remained silent.

Amanda Peterson Beadle

Amanda Peterson Beadle is an editorial assistant at ThinkProgress.org. She received her B.A. in journalism and Spanish from the University of Alabama, where she was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper The Crimson White and graduated with honors. Before joining ThinkProgress, she worked as a legislative aide in the Maryland House of Delegates. In college, she interned at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, the Press-Register (Mobile, Alabama), and the Ludington Daily News. She is from Birmingham, Alabama.


Hide Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus
GET DAILY TRUTHOUT UPDATES

FOLLOW togtorsstottofb


Error
  • JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 12015

Mitch McConnel Doesn't Have "Any Particular Reaction" to Tea Party Audience Cheering for Death

Monday, 19 September 2011 05:58 By Amanda Peterson Beadle, Think Progress | Report

Rather than take a moment to condemn GOP debate audiences that cheered for executions and toleave a man to die, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he didn’t have “any particular reaction.” When host David Gregory asked McConnell on Meet The Press if the cheers troubled him as a Republican, McConnell deferred, saying there would be lots of debates and audience reactions during the campaign. Watch it:

As Gregory explained, Republicans say they are the “party of life,” but many aren’t matching their rhetoric to their ideals.

First, audience members cheered at the GOP debate in California when moderator Brian Williams brought up Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s death penalty execution record, which at the time was 234. Then, the crowd at the most recent GOP debate in Florida cheered when Wolf Blitzer asked candidate Rep. Ron Paul (TX) if he thought society should allow a man to die if he had no health insurance but suddenly became needed intensive treatment, with some cheering to “let him die.” (A fictional scenario which, it turns out, mirrors the life and tragic death of Paul’s 2008 campaign strategist.)

So far, Perry is the only GOP presidential candidate to come out against the “let him die” question, saying he was “taken aback” by the cheers. But when a leading Republican was given the chance, McConnell did not step up to condemn the cheers for death from GOP debate audiences. Instead, he remained silent.

Amanda Peterson Beadle

Amanda Peterson Beadle is an editorial assistant at ThinkProgress.org. She received her B.A. in journalism and Spanish from the University of Alabama, where she was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper The Crimson White and graduated with honors. Before joining ThinkProgress, she worked as a legislative aide in the Maryland House of Delegates. In college, she interned at the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, the Press-Register (Mobile, Alabama), and the Ludington Daily News. She is from Birmingham, Alabama.


Hide Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus