Walsh to Fluke: "Get a job"

Tea Partyer Joe Walsh says Sandra Fluke's DNC speech was "embarrassing"

Published September 10, 2012 7:40PM (EDT)

 Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL)    (Wikipedia)
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) (Wikipedia)

Tea Party Rep. -- and definitely not a deadbeat dad -- Joe Walsh thinks it's about time "student for life" Sandra Fluke got a job.

In TPM, Evan McMorris-Santoro reports that Walsh, R-Ill., was speaking at a campaign stop in Illinois on Saturday, and slammed Fluke's DNC speech, in which she expressed support for contraception coverage. "Think about this, a 31-32 year old law student who has been a student for life, who gets up there in front of a national audience and tells the American people, ‘I want America to pay for my contraceptives.’ You’re kidding me. Go get a job. Go get a job, Sandra Fluke," Walsh said.

He continued: "We are raising the Sandra Flukes of the world. We’re raising Americans who don’t know how to take care of themselves, who feel entitled. This a woman who feels entitled that we all should pay for her contraceptives. This is what we are teaching Americans? That was embarrassing. That was embarrassing."

Walsh is in the midst of a tough reelection fight against Tammy Duckworth, a military veteran who lost both of her legs in service. Walsh once said of Duckworth's service: "My God, that’s all she talks about."

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By Jillian Rayfield

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