Joe Walsh: Tammy Duckworth Will Only Debate 'Which Outfit She'll Be Wearing'

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2011 file photo, Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh speaks at a town hall meeting in Wauconda, Ill. On Wed
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2011 file photo, Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh speaks at a town hall meeting in Wauconda, Ill. On Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, Walsh, a tea-party backed politician who has acquired a reputation for contentious rhetoric during his first term, provoked outrage from religious leaders when he warned at a town hall meeting in Elk Grove Village, Ill., that there are radical Muslims in Chicago's suburbs and around the country "trying to kill Americans every week." He said that another Sept. 11 was an absolute certainty and that political correctness had blinded government to "a real threat" from within that could strike in virtually any community in the country. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Gilbert R. Boucher II, File) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT; TV OUT

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) this week mocked Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double amputee, for speaking at the Democratic National Convention, charging that the only issue Duckworth cares about is her outfit.

“Ms. Duckworth has continued to show more interest in rubbing elbows with big name party insiders, then [SIC] staying home and tackling the tough issues facing voters in the district," he said in a statement on his website. "It has become abundantly clear that at this point the only debate Ms. Duckworth is actually interested in having is which outfit she’ll be wearing for her big speech."

Duckworth told The Huffington Post that she has already debated Walsh twice and has three more debates scheduled with him, but she is not surprised by his degrading insult.

"It's not the first time Mr. Walsh has been sexist, but frankly I have more important things to do than listen to a man whose whole purpose in Congress is to shout from the mountaintops and not to serve his constituents," she said. "My whole point of being here was to bring the perspective of my constituents to leadership and to make sure we do talk about jobs, the economy, and our country's military policies, and I think I've done a great job of that."

Duckworth, one of the first women in the U.S. Army to fly combat missions in Iraq, spoke at the DNC Tuesday night about President Obama's military accomplishments, including ending the Iraq War, eradicating terrorist leaders and allowing women to serve in more combat jobs. She also shared personal stories about growing up poor, becoming a Blackhawk pilot, and losing both of her legs in Iraq when a grenade launched by an insurgent exploded in her lap.

Prior to running for Congress, Duckworth ran the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and later became an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Walsh's attack on Duckworth's priorities is not the first controversial comment he's made about his opponent. Earlier this year, Walsh said that Duckworth is not a "true hero" because instead of downplaying her military experience, she has made it central to her campaign.



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