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GOP Rep. Joe Walsh: Obama First Black President, ‘Country Voted For Him Because Of That’

According to a report in Think Progress, outspoken conservative Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) told his constituents at a town hall over the weekend that Americans voted for Barack Obama because he would be the “first African-American president.” Walsh said it “made us feel good” about ourselves.

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He was a historic figure. He’s our first African-American president. The country voted for him because of that. It made us feel good about [our]self. I’ve said it before, it helped that John McCain was about 142 years old. It helped that the economy was tanking. A lot of these things helped. But he never would have gotten there without his historic nature.

Walsh, a freshman in the 112th Congress, was on the losing end of redistricting in Illinois – a process dominated by the state’s Democratic majorities. Walsh was drawn into Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) district after his was eliminated, but rather than face a primary race he opted to run in the newly redrawn 8th district.

Walsh will face former Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the United States State Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth. Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran and delivered a prime time address during the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008.

Watch Joe Walsh’s the town hall address below:

h/t Think Progress

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