Speaking at a Heritage Foundation event on Monday about conservative alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) told the audience that among the ways in which the GOP can facilitate a takeover of the U.S. Senate would be to provide nominees with “a roll of duct tape to put over their mouths.” He said that his party should have taken the Senate in prior election cycles but, because the party’s nominees said “stupid things,” they failed to achieve that.
“I would suggest, when we nominate people, we give them a roll of duct tape to put over their mouths so they don’t say stupid things,” Roe said. “Maybe we can win an election.
“We should have won three or four senate seats last time. We did not,” he continued. Roe said that there are a number of strong GOP candidates running for office.
“We’ve got to go out and get behind our candidates and not pick every little thing,” Roe added. “Let’s quit doing that and get behind our guys.”
Watch the clip below via C-SPAN 3:
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[UPDATE: This post previously stated that the lawmaker’s name was Ted Poe when, in fact, his name is Phil Roe. We have corrected the error.]
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