Joe Walsh’s heated interview with CNN host Ashleigh Banfield

Wow. This interview went on entirely too long and I will admit that Walsh used Ashleigh Banfield’s name a lot. That said I think he’s getting somewhat of a bum rap on this interview. Most people are editing this video down to just the times Walsh said ‘Ashleigh’ over and over and making that into a video, saying that he lost it during the interview. The problem is that Banfield put him on the defensive and kept him there with her self-righteous attitude about his comments and Walsh was’t going to put up with that.

The point of this interview is that Walsh was simply making the point that his opponent, Tammy Duckworth, a wounded war hero who served in Iraq and lost both her legs in an attack on her Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting, is using her war service as a crutch (pardon the pun) to get her elected instead of talking about the issues. Thus he made the statement that most veterans he knows hardly ever talk about their service, contrasting them to her to make his point.

Of course Banfield decried his comments asking him who is he to criticize her for discussing her service and I think Walsh got a little to caught up in the interview the longer it went on and didn’t make his point as clearly as he could have. But even so he did make his point but Banfield continually told him what he was wrong, that she was talking about the issues. He even gave examples to make his point but she wasn’t having any part of it.

Watch and judge for yourself:

Here is Walsh’s interview from tonight with Laura Ingraham which was much more calm and I think that is due in large part to the fact that Laura Ingraham was more understanding of his position unlike Ashleigh Banfield:

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  • 911Infidel

    I am woman hear me roar huh? A famous actress once said of women: “The lioness who knows how to roar, also knows when to purr.” Draw your own conclusions.

    • No, this is a clear cut case of “I am leftist woman, here me shill”. She put Walsh on the defensive by constantly attacking him. I’ll bet real money that if put in his position, she wouldn’t do nearly as well, and might even walk off the set.

      • 911Infidel

        Sorry dude, the comment doesn’t need a correction. I don’t do the Indoctriantion U relativist dance.

  • Basically Ashleigh is a piece of crap interviewer not even fit for MSNBC. She’s a Democratic activist on par with David Axelfraud or Joe Gibbs, and she should be identified as such.

  • M_J_S

    Duckworth, service or not, is a hack.

    You can’t support and defend the Constitution if you don’t believe in it.

  • Terrenceor

    I believe he is one of the freshman Republicans who actually followed through on his promises made during the 2010 campaign.

  • Joe

    As much as some people don’t like FOX

    You NEVER hear or see the vitriol or raised voices or disrespect on FOX
    that you see from the hosts on

    CNN or MSNBC – especially MSMBC

    It’s no wonder the liberal public love these networks and their ratings are in the crapper

    Opposing views are one thing but – disrespect to your guest(s) is unacceptable

    just sayin’

  • While he did sound an awful lot like Ben Stein calling Ferris Bueller’s name, he has a point. Hey, why didn’t he just yell, “Hey Ashleigh! You lie!” and be done with it?

    Seriously, what he said was no big deal. Most folks who like him who support and respect our troops do more so than most libs already, and wil respect those who served no matter what political side they fall on. His bringing up the fact I guess, that she continuously reminds people that she served is true to his point… most soldiers, especially those injured as she was, don’t talk much about their experiences. Not that that makes much of a difference, but I can see his view about part of what makes our men and women who serve so incredible, is because they do it and don’t expect special treatment for it. They do it because they are those unique kinds of people who have not just guts, but compassion, a sense of duty, and caring. I’m sure she had all those as well, but compared to many others who already serve in Washington didn’t use their military service to build their political asperations on it. I mean even John McCain, whom while I don’t respect him as a Senator, I do very much respect his service to this country. He didn’t seem all that comfortable talking about his time in Vietnam when he was running for president last time. And yes, Allen West does bring it up, but because everyone else brings it up first.

  • Theconservativechic

    She needs a “pair” of new glasses. I don’t like her. Period.

  • keninil

    Duckworth would have been crushed by an interview like Walsh had with “Ashleigh”. Walsh should have brought up more examples like the gay marriage = Duckworth’s Walter Reed experience. That shows Duckworth is all about “me”.

  • I thought it sounded fishy. The way she is playing this is like they way people are using victim mentality to get what they want, although in this case she is a war vet who had paid a great price. Now that I have seen this interview. No wonder!! David Axelrod and Rahm Immanuel are running her campaign. She is definitely being used.

  • that is just dumb… Republicans do and say dumb things at times, and this fellow keeps digging a hole for himself. I would hate to think he was my conservative choice.

  • rjcylon

    Well at least Arlene or Arlette (Angie?) Banfield had him on to tell his side. As far as CNN goes she seems to be fair.

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  • CaseyGeorge

    Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought about the “Allen, Steve” prarie dog whenever he said “Ashleigh”

  • The fact that the tape came from Think Progress says all you really need to know.

    But he is right, a real hero doesn’t talk about it.

  • Banfield just because a US citizen?!?!?! We need higher standards!

  • mediaaccess1

    CAn we use the word “hate (that woman)” yet?

  • CNN = Cricket Noise Nightly

  • 12grace

    Ashleigh Banfield yet another boring, usefl idiot.

    Joe Walsh is an American patriot and a man of honor.

  • Nukeman60

    It’s great Duckworth was a war veteran and hero. It’s sad she lost her legs in combat. We owe her a debt for that. But as Walsh said, do we owe her our vote for that? It’s the issues that are important in a political race and that’s what should be in the forefront, not a 15 second clip from a town hall meeting.

    Having Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod as her campaign strategists is very telling, as well as the fact she declined to appear on Fox. That in itself is very telling. Why wouldn’t she want to get in front of the cameras. It’s free airtime. Republicans and Conservatives always go on CNN and MSNBC, but the liberals refuse to appear on Fox.

    That first interview went on way too long. Did anyone else get the feeling this was just another episode of “Seinfeld” with Elaine giving a fine performance as a dimwit host? Or was that just me?

  • zhuozi282

    • Joe

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  • toongoon

    I’m looking forward to the “adversarial” interview with Duckworth that Ashleigh, Ashleigh, Ashleigh seems to pride herself in. I won’t expect her to be reading the list of Walsh’s accomplishments.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    Hey, Joe, help me out….what is Banfield’s first name?

    That continual calling her name just about ruined the interview for me. I don’t care for Banfield’s badgering of Walsh, but give me a break on calling her name so many times in the interview.

    I understand the reason for the different tone in the Laura Ingraham interview and it was so much better. That’s the difference between an interview (Ingraham) and a mugging (Banfield).

  • I’ve always liked Joe Walsh since I saw him give it to Chris Matthews and made the latter shut up – for once. Perhaps Mr. Walsh should ask Mark Levin if he can come on the show. That may help him at this point. Both of them are fighters, which is what Americans need right now.

    Do not fear the enemy, for they can take only your life.
    Fear the media, for they will distort your grasp of reality & destroy your honor.

  • It’s funny how the left has found they love a veteran. The democrats are constantly insulting our vets but now that a republican makes an odd comment they are champions of the military.

    It’s a joke.

  • Pharmacognosist

    Talking about disrespectful. This bit#h talking to a Representative that way is outrageous.

    • kong1967

      I dont’ think being a representative is deserving of being treated with respect in itself. If I had an interview with Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid, I woudln’t treat them with respect because they are liars, deceivers, crooks, party over country, and etc. They work for us and we are not their servants to be expected to look up to them as superiors.

      • librtifirst

        Right on, Kong.

  • GreenBeretWay

    Hey, Assleigh…Assleigh..Assleigh. Would you be lambasting Walsh if he were the war veteran and that’s all he talked about or would you tell him to stick to the issues?

    • toongoon

      Good point!

    • WordsFailMe

      Haven’t heard any from Colonel Duck., but if she does blow a lot about her action, she’s a phony. You know GB. When a vet needs to blow-off a little, do it with another vet, someone who can be counted on to ignore you and still be your friend the next day.

      I say, “Shut the Duck Up! “

      • GreenBeretWay

        Yep,or blow it off at the range will live targets. LOL
        Colonel Duck? We may have found a new name for American Born In Canada.

        • WordsFailMe

          LOL You tell her; I’ll hold your 14

  • bjohnson55

    Interesting how the head line pushes the “Tea Party” Rep. losing it when it is clear the guy cannot get in a word edge wise during this so called “objective reporter’s” liberal agenda filled attack she launched upon him. This interview proves how totally in the bag the lame stream media is for the liberal cause out there. No Conservative should expect fair and objective reportage from any of the large alphabet media out-lets like CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC or CBS. This reporter may as well have been wearing an Obama/Biden button while holding a paycheck from the DNC.

  • alQemist

    Just because he’s “conservative” does not give him a pass for disparaging his opponent for talking about her service. He cannot win on this point – he should focus on more on substance and leave that one alone. If he can’t present a compelling case on his on merits then he’s in trouble – rightly so. People you can’t always defend a conservative just because they are conservatives – they also need to show respect, honor and integrity

    • toongoon

      When did he show Duckworth any disrespect? You must be listening to Ashleigh, Ashleigh, Ashleigh’s talking points.

    • kong1967

      I can’t say how Duckworth carries herself because I haven’t seen her tactics, but it is possible she’s milking her injuries to get the sympathy vote. If she’s focusing more on that than the issues he has a point. Probem is, you really have to be careful when you mention it because it can really make you look insensitive or disrespectful of her service. He would probably be better off leaving it alone and letting people pick up on that on their own.

    • librtifirst

      Integrity, sure. Integrity is just backing up what you say. Respect, no. Resepect has to be earned. Giving liars and criminals respect is justifying their criminality.

      I don’t respect any veteran who goes around using their service to get votes so that they can ruin the country with a political position.

  • demographicallychallenged

    Jerry Springer is a visionary. He has developed the format for cable news interviews and panel discussions. They forbid that any journalist integrity interfere with ratings/financial compensation.

  • kong1967

    As a member of our armed forces she is a hero. Same with McCain. However, they shouldn’t tout their injuries as a sympathy tool to get votes. I don’t know how she carries herself or if he’s making this up or if she really is invoking her service a lot just to get sympathy.

    I’m not very impressed with the way Joe Walsh carried himself here. He looked desperate, like a guy trying to get his ex-girlfriend back. Dude, you’re not helping yourself.

    • toongoon

      On WLS in Chicago the other morning he the same thing. The talk jockey tried to tell him but had to get a little bit more out. I was a little embarrassed for him. He is still a better candidate than Duckworth, I’ll still vote for him.

      • kong1967

        There’s no doubt about that. He’s still the better candidate.

    • GreenBeretWay

      Yeah,I liked him better when he was in the Eagles. LOL

      • kong1967

        He should have gave up and sang to Ashleigh “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”

      • kong1967

        Lol, I’m taking some time to listen to some Joe Walsh music. You got me thinking and in the mood.

  • I have the utmost respect for fellow Veterans, and current active duty and Reservists. However, I have no respect for those that waste their ‘cred’ in leftist politics, like this broken down commissioned officer.

    “Honor” is not a reason to not discuss prior service; I don’t discuss parts of what I did, because I was ordered not to, signing an S2 document for my battalion. However, when you get the person that suggests they’re supposed to be voted into office, simply on the basis of their being people of prior service, you’ve got a person that is probably unfit and unable.

    I’m sure people here already know full well I am United States Army Military Police. I believe that I should be qualified over people that are born civilians and never served their nation, simply on the basis that the Army, Navy and Air Farce teaches that a leader must be a servant, first. People that failed to serve should not be permitted to lead. Plain and simple. That aside, you can’t be a one trick pony. Just because you were a helicopter pilot, doesn’t mean you can run the country. Just because you were a fighter pilot, doesn’t mean you’re fit to run the country (case in point: McCain). Just because I’m Veteran Military Police, in and of itself, doesn’t make me fit to be president. You have to have a lot of things; you have to be the total package. You have to be in line with the United States Constitution. Those that ignore (Obama) the Constitution, or believe its “living & breathing”, and should be re-written to go anywhere the wind blows, are unfit to lead, because those are born dictators.

    You cannot be oblivious to economics. Those that are, are economic illiterates (McCain, Obama). They are invariably disastrous to the national economy, and to the personal economies of everyone forced to live under their unintelligent regime.

    You have to be aware of foreign policy. Those that are not (Obama, Clinton) do nothing but harm the national sovereignty and security of the nation.

    This helicopter pilot, while she obviously has stances on issues (, doesn’t seem smart enough to think on the fly. This website is the obvious product of countless hours of writing by staffers, with input from her, just like they all are, but what I see of her is nothing but a person that is, apparently, hiding behind her Veteran status, using it as a shield from serious interrogatives from those that really might question her fitness from political office, while simultaneously using her status as some sort of moral high ground. As opposed to really going out and debating Lincoln-Douglass style, as opposed to really talking hard issues, as opposed to doing anything that would be considered substantive by any reasonable person watching this that has any degree of political savvy, all she’s doing is bemoaning the ‘attack’ Walsh made on her. That’s it. That, and the fact that she’s a leftist are a total turnoff, for me. If she’s supposed to be a big, tough LTC, maybe she needs to look to other real, big, tough lieutenant colonels of the United States Army, who put their lives on the line and were, in some cases, gravely injured, just like she was:

    COLONEL Gregory Gadson: Masters in Information Systems and Policy Management from Webster U. West Point, class of 1989. Command & General Staff College and Advanced Field Artillery Officer Course grad. Army War College Fellow at Institute of World Politics in Washington DC.

    Desert Shield
    Desert Storm

    “On the night of May 7, 2007, while returning from a memorial service for two soldiers from his brigade, he lost both his legs and severely injured his right arm, to a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He became one of the first military personnel to use a next-generation powered prosthetic knee with technology to make it possible for amputees to walk with confidence and with a more natural gait.”


    Do you hear him crying? Do you really think he’d cry rivers on national TV if someone made a remark about him he thought to be derogatory, regarding his service?

    LIEUTENANT COLONEL Allen West: JROTC, 10th grade. BA/MA, Political Science, U of T/Kansas State. Master of military arts and sciences degree from U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College in political theory and military history and operations. Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course. Instructor, ROTC. Army exchange officer to II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, 1999 – 2002. Advisor, Afghan National Army.

    Both these men were accomplished like she is. If she wants to cry about ethnicity, they’re non-white, just like she is. Now, with all the attacks LTC West has suffered in regards to his service (which are very harsh and wrong), when was the last time you saw him cry about it, to anyone? Does he bring up wrongs against him, when talking about policy? Civil rights? Economics? NO. I don’t think she’s fit for office, just as I don’t believe this ‘new American citizen’, Banfield, would serve her country, considering she’s dodged it, for all this time. Afghanistan is waiting, if she changes her mind. Walsh was attacked throughout the interrogation, and, quite frankly, I doubt Banfield would do as well, if I were to question her in a similar fashion.

  • Walsh is correct. Duckworth is using her veteran status in an unbecoming manner. Furthermore her status has very little to do with the position she seeks. Being a veteran is icing on the cake to any position but most often times is not a qualifier for the job itself. I know a lot of veterans, but just because they are a veteran doesn’t mean I want them in elected office. Also check Duckworth out and her shenanigans during Bush administration. Once again Democrats are taking a group of people they have little respect for to use for political gain.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Just another meaningless poodle at CNN, nipping at the heals of those who don’t subscribe to their vaunted point of view.

  • All of a sudden, the mind slut from MSNBC who’s found a new home at CNN, is hailing soldiers for their service. Like any other situation with leftists, they only acknowledge or defend Democrats who serve. and like always their doing it for political gain. This was the woman who, right after 911, was in Pakistan alerting the Islamic Martyrs Brigade that allied forces were approaching. And she did it on national TV.

  • NJK

    Love Joe Walsh. So she lost both of her legs, so we should vote for her?

  • Charm4sure

    Besides carrying water for Obama and the left, the common qualifications for leftists journolists appears to be the ability to display a superior attitude and waste air time. Ashley can’t understand the humility Walsh is talking about which made me wonder if she has ever known humility. She said she wanted to serve in the military in Iraq. Now that would be something to see. I wouldn’t wish that on the military though and I don’t think they need to worry about it.

  • aposematic

    Hmmm…just wondering how much Duckworth’s campaign payed for those live TV ads… The FEC should investigate!

  • NCHokie02

    I completely agree with Walsh although I didn’t watch the entire interview. I can’t stand people standing on their military service as the reason they should be elected. Does it help with your experiences in life? Sure but if thats your only claim then who cares. There are plenty of people in the military who probably don’t belong in the military let alone should run for office. Being wounded isn’t a qualification either. Honestly, I don’t care. Be glad you’re alive, don’t use it as a “look at me” tool. I know plenty of great men that have died and been wounded in combat and they want to be treated no differently than they were before they became amputees.

    As for the term “hero”, personally I can’t stand the broad cast term of “hero” to everyone who serves in the military. The truth is that around 5% or less of the military does the actual fighting, goes out on patrol day after day seeking out the enemy to destroy them. The rest of the military exists to support those individuals in different manners. You’re in a war zone so yes you are probably going to get shot at at some point. But just because you do things to survive on the battlefield or are wounded due to enemy action does not make you a hero. All of the people I know hate the term and just do the job that they signed up to do. People call administrative clerks who are returning from combat “heros”. Why? Why is someone who sat on a huge firebase, going to eat pizza hut everyday, going to “salsa night” and movies every week a hero? The only time they see the outside of that firebase is on their way into and out of country on an airplane. I don’t even consider most of the true fighters heros either. Again we are doing what we volunteered to do. Sometimes acts of heroism and bravery are encountered and those men should be rewarded for their actions but as for the infantry and the likes just because you engaged the enemy in a fight doesn’t make you a hero either. I don’t come home to cheering crowds and bands. I come home to a small group of wives and kids that welcome their husbands and fathers home and then we go home. Sorry for the rant but thats just how I feel. I cringe everytime I hear the word “hero” thrown out because someone has served. Lets really look at what they did. Just being deployed oversees does not a hero make.

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