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  • >> Yesterday, walsh told cnn's

  • wolf blitzer that he does think

  • that duckworth is a true hero,

  • but that he doesn't, quote -- or

  • that that doesn't, quote,

  • command our vote.

  • Congressman walsh joins us live

  • now from chicago.

  • Sir, you are taking it on the

  • chin for this.

  • Are you regretting making those

  • comments?

  • >> Oh, god, no, ashleigh.

  • Look, this is what happens when

  • you've got a congressman that's

  • always out in front of people

  • talking.

  • Look, those comments were made a

  • week ago at a two-hour town hall

  • with 400 people talking about

  • obama care.

  • And like I do at the beginning

  • of every one of my town halls, i

  • introduce the heroes in our

  • presence, the veterans.

  • Look, I'm not going to back

  • down --

  • >> are you saying this is just a

  • slip-up?

  • >> No, ashleigh, this wasn't a

  • slip-up.

  • I don't regret anything I said.

  • Understand me.

  • Every man and woman who's worn

  • form is a hero in my

  • book.

  • I've said that thousands of

  • times.

  • I've called tammy duckworth a

  • hero hundreds of times.

  • This is a manufactured issue,

  • because when I'm out there,

  • look, this is the lay of the

  • land out there now.

  • When I'm out there, I'm being

  • taped by tammy duckworth's

  • people.

  • They are manufacturing this

  • crisis --

  • >> it doesn't matter whose --

  • I've got to be honest with you,

  • sir, it doesn't matter who's

  • running the tape.

  • It doesn't matter who's got the

  • tape.

  • >> Ashleigh, I know it doesn't

  • matter --

  • >> hold on a second.

  • It's not the only time you've

  • said something like that --

  • >> ashleigh --

  • >> you've told politico this.

  • What else has she done, female,

  • wounded veteran, eh, and I'm

  • paraphrasing, eh, what is

  • that --

  • >> ashleigh, ashleigh, ashleigh,

  • you are paraphrasing.

  • "

  • what I said is, she's a war

  • hero, but she's running for

  • congress.

  • And I don't know about you,

  • ashleigh, but hopefully voters

  • think, like every other

  • candidate for congress, tell us

  • whether you stand on issues --

  • >> well, she's done that.

  • I'm not sure why you haven't

  • seen that.

  • >> No, she hasn't, ashleigh.

  • No, ashleigh, she hasn't --

  • >> do you want to hear it,

  • congress, or do you just want to

  • rail on me --

  • >> no, ashleigh, ashleigh --

  • >> the supreme court hearing on

  • JUNE 28th, SHE TALKED AT LENGTH

  • About the contentious climate in

  • washington on may 2012, she

  • talked about health care reform,

  • talked about the economy, food

  • stamps, pell grants, student

  • loans --

  • >> ashleigh, ashleigh, ashleigh.

  • >> Why do you do anything about

  • talking about her service --

  • >> ashleigh, give me a second to

  • talk, all right?

  • She spends a lot of time talking

  • about her war service.

  • I've asked her to debate me

  • monthly.

  • She won't.

  • I've asked her to get directly

  • in front of voters with me.

  • She won't.

  • She will not get in front of

  • voters and take questions

  • directly from voters.

  • Because she's a war hero,

  • ashleigh, that demands our

  • respect.

  • But that doesn't demand our

  • vote.

  • But what demands our vote is --

  • >> but it is not respectful,

  • congressman --

  • >> what's not respectful,

  • ashleigh?

  • >> When you say, now I'm running

  • against a woman who, my god,

  • that's all she talks about --

  • >> ashleigh --

  • >> let me finish, sir.

  • She comes from a military

  • family, she did lose both of her

  • legs fighting in iraq.

  • She has done, and I do have a

  • list, because I am your opponent

  • in this interview, a list of

  • things that she has actually --

  • >> no, she --

  • >> -- accomplished for the

  • government, she served in

  • veterans affairs.

  • >> Ashleigh --

  • >> let me put it to you this

  • way.

  • >> Ashleigh --

  • >> sir, I'm not finished asking

  • my question --

  • >> ashleigh, I'm not going to

  • sit here if you don't let me

  • talk.

  • >> I'm asking you a question.

  • You ran a campaign in 1996 --

  • >> ashleigh, you're going to go

  • back to 1996?

  • >> Yes, I am.

  • You were running for the u.s.

  • House of representatives --

  • >> well, that's ridiculous.

  • Hey, ashleigh --

  • >> do you want to hear this

  • question or not?

  • >> This campaign is about obama

  • care -- no, I don't want to hear

  • about --

  • >> 87 years old and you --

  • >> the voters want to hear --

  • >> -- lit a birthday cake with

  • 87 candles on it to show how old

  • he was in an attempt to slam his

  • age.

  • Is that respectful of your

  • opponent?

  • >> No -- ashleigh, ashleigh, it

  • was simply to say happy birthday

  • to him.

  • Hey, look, ashleigh, too many

  • republicans and democrats stay

  • in washington too darned long.

  • If you're 80 or 90 years old and

  • you never come home to your

  • district, you shouldn't be a

  • member of congress.

  • Makes sense, no?

  • Look, every candidate for

  • congress has to be held to the

  • same standard.

  • We all come from different

  • places.

  • This country is about to fall

  • off a financial cliff, ashleigh.

  • And what voters want to know is,

  • what are you going to do about

  • all this debt?

  • Where are you on obama care?

  • What are you going to do to help

  • small businesses --

  • >> but I just told you that

  • she's speaking in front of

  • voters about obama care, and

  • yet --

  • >> ashleigh, she's not in front

  • of voters.

  • >> -- You're saying all she does

  • is talk about her record as a

  • war hero --

  • >> ashleigh, when was the last

  • time, ashleigh, you saw her

  • directly in front of voters?

  • When was the last time you saw

  • her in an open public forum in

  • front of voters?

  • >> Well, I'm not on the campaign

  • trail, but I can read up on

  • it --

  • >> but you did plenty of

  • research for her.

  • >> Because I am challenging you,

  • sir, in your contention that she

  • speaks of nothing else.

  • >> Ashleigh, ashleigh --

  • >> yes, congressman.

  • Yes, congressman.

  • >> Ashleigh.

  • You ready?

  • She was on tv a month and a half

  • ago.

  • She was asked a question about

  • gay marriage.

  • Do you know what she talked

  • about?

  • Her time at walter reed.

  • Look, I'll say it again.

  • I have respect for her and her

  • service.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out

  • to her, like they do every

  • wounded warrior.

  • But that doesn't demand our

  • vote.

  • Ashleigh, if that's what it took

  • to be -- to get your vote, john

  • McCAIN, ANOTHER HERO, WOULD BE

  • Our president.

  • Come on!

  • >> Well, let me ask you about

  • that notion --

  • >> this election is about what

  • we're going to do about these

  • issues.

  • >> -- You suggested that the

  • real heroes don't talk about

  • their service.

  • I'm actually working with dave

  • right now, who's to the left of

  • my camera, who's a vietnam war

  • vet, who disagrees with you.

  • Not everybody talks about their

  • service or doesn't talk about

  • their service, because of honor.

  • Sometimes it's just really

  • difficult to talk about your

  • service.

  • And sometimes a lot of people

  • are very proud to talk about

  • their service.

  • So who sir, are you, to suggest

  • for a moment that you shouldn't

  • talk about your service because

  • it's honorable?

  • >> That's not what I said,

  • ashleigh.

  • I said most veterans I know

  • don't talk about their service

  • or the combat they saw.

  • It's part of what makes those

  • who served so noble.

  • And you know, like I know, most

  • veterans --

  • >> but who are you to suggest