published Friday, August 19th, 2011

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann checks in from Israel

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., hosted a media conference call Thursday and discussed his trip to Israel, but he decided against answering questions that were a little closer to home.

Asked which Republican presidential candidate he supported on the heels of the Iowa straw poll, Fleischmann answered without naming a candidate, saying he wanted to be “very, very careful.”

“We need a change in the White House and I am confident that we will nominate a strong Republican candidate,” he said.

Fleischmann also declined to answer questions about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s comments regarding U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Earlier this week, Perry said Bernanke “printing money” might be “treasonous” in a discussion about fiscal policy.

Fleischmann, a freshman congressman for Tennessee’s 3rd District, said he hadn’t seen Perry’s remarks because he’s been busy in Israel, where 80 other representatives have either already made or will take a trip for diplomatic and educational purposes.

Fleischmann stressed a continued strategic alliance with Israel, saying financial assistance was the best way to handle the nation’s unstable domestic situation.

“A strong, secure Israel benefits us,” he said.

Fleischmann said private donations financed the trip, which he characterized as “not a vacation, but a working trip.”

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Facts said...

It's repeatitive. Mr. Fleischman doesn't answer questions when away from his puppet masters. We all now know that.

August 19, 2011 at 5:24 a.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

“A strong, secure Israel benefits us,” he said.

Really?

August 19, 2011 at 4:11 p.m.
chattyjill said...

Dear TFP, who are the private donors that financed the trip?

Chuck wants to cut Social Security and Medicare but sending money to Israel for their "unstable domestic situation" is a good use of US tax-payers money? Wake up people, we have our own "unstable domestic situation" here at home - unemployment, deep cuts to education and services for people with disabilities.

Remember, he campaigned on a jobs agenda. I was appalled when he was elected. He didn't debate and was unresponsive then so don't be surprised now that he doesn't have time for those East Tennesseans.

August 19, 2011 at 9:22 p.m.
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