More About Childers’ Interview with The Panolian

2009 August 7
tags: healthcare, Travis Childers
by Brett

I hope you don’t think I am making too much about Rep. Travis Childers’ interview that made it in The Panolian today, but it isn’t too often that Childers speaks this much. After all, in the past couple weeks he has dodged questions from a reporter, sent out an empty press release, and had a short interview with the Daily Journal which featured little information of significance.

One new thing that I wanted to point out was Childers comments about townhalls. It looks like the Congressman will not be having any open forums with his constituents anytime soon. Also, he made a pretty outrageous claim about those voicing their opposition to the current healthcare bills.

Childers said:

What I’m not interested in, and what I don’t appreciate, is when the other party is busing people to try to be disruptive. That’s what’s unnecessary.

Does Childers have any claims to back this up? Has he seen a bus driven by RNC Chair Michael Steele, House Minority Leader John Boehner or state GOP Chairman Brad White? It is funny how Childers scolds his constituents for believing what they hear on TV or read online, yet he is just repeating a Democrat talking point in this instance.

A proper response from Childers would have been to scold the Democrat leaders he voted for. Americans who oppose Obama’s healthcare reform have been called Nazis, mobsters, racist, etc. yet that was apparently fine with the First District Representative.

Childers also said he does and would oppose a bill that includes public funding for abortions. Guess what? It is in the proposed legislation. The Democrats may find deceiving ways to sneak it in the bill as the AP has reported, but no bill will clear Pelosi’s house without it.

If this is a deal breaker to Childers, that should have been the first thing he said when asked of his objection. However, the Congressman had to be pressed on the issue before he commented.

This interview was very telling. I would love to see more.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 August 11
    msgijoe permalink

    I think Rep. Childers recognized he was being baited and laid it out straight. The country needs rational debate about healthcare, not the theatrical sideshows that are being produced by those who have a vested interest in the status quo. When one side of a debate uses misinformation designed to rile the electorate, it gives a very good indication their side is lacking facts in the matter.

  2. 2009 August 11
    Chris permalink

    Apparently Obama has a “townhall” today. I doubt people were allowed to ask challenging questions his teleprompter couldn’t respond to. Found one interesting item:

    From National Review Online:

    “I have not said that I am a supporter of a single-payer system,” Obama tells the crowd in New Hampshire.

    The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire, August 19, 2008: “Obama Touts Single-Payer System for Health Care”

    Barack Obama said he would consider embracing a single-payer health-care system, beloved by liberals, as his plan for broader coverage evolves over time.

    “If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system,” Obama told some 1,800 people at a town-hall style meeting on the economy.

    I believe that is what you call misinformation. Please join me in spreading the word to . These lies have got to stop. We all know what Obama/ Pelosi want.


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