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Dems criticize Tiahrt abortion comments that include Obama, Thomas

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Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, during a House floor speech Thursday argued to restrict public funding for abortions and suggested abortion could deprive the world of future great minds and named President Barack Obama and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as examples.

Tiahrt said financial incentives could encourage women who were "single parents, living below the poverty level, to have the opportunity for a free abortion."

"If you take that scenario and apply it to many of the great minds we have today, who would we have been deprived of? Our president grew up in a similar circumstance," Tiahrt said. "If that financial incentive was in place, is it possible that his mother may have taken advantage of it?"

The liberal blog The Huffington Post criticized the comments and posted a video of the speech on its Web site. Chris Harris, a former Kansas Democratic Party communications director who now works for the Media Matters Action Network, said Tiahrt "embarrassed the state."

Tiahrt, a Republican whose district includes Wichita, is seeking the GOP nomination for a Senate seat in 2010 against Rep. Jerry Moran.

“He can’t even do his current job without morphing into an object of ridicule. Why in the world would Kansas voters give him a promotion?” Harris said.

Comments

63BC 5 years, 5 months ago

Looks like the Left is scared of Tiahrt.

And now...the other posters on the site can prove it...

KS 5 years, 5 months ago

The left is scared of anyone who stands up to abortion! That is why they will continue to press against Palin. They are petrified of her. The problem is that they just can't understand logic.

frank mcguinness 5 years, 5 months ago

Um why would the left be scared of abortion opponents?

The right has tried with all of their force on many, many occasions for decades to no avail.

Once again, Why is the left scared?

absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 5 months ago

Machiavelli_mania...I've had the same experience with Congressman Dennis Moore.

I think I hear crickets chirping

Satirical 5 years, 5 months ago

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blindrabbit 5 years, 5 months ago

Of course this clown does not believe in sex education, Planned Parenthood, non-invasive birth control, access to contraceptives, etc. He does believe in right-wing religious dogma from men who want to limit women's choices. If anybody is scared by the abortion issue it is the Religious Right, not because they are so concerned about the unborn but because they feel a loss of control.

Kansas continues to "Send in the Clowns".

MyName 5 years, 5 months ago

Okay, this Rep. is dumb. I don't think anyone is running scared from him, they just don't want him representing Kansas in the Senate, or you know doing anything important, like managing a McDonalds, or a Walmart, or being a crossing guard.

I'd be perfectly happy to vote for him as dog catcher or hire him as a telephone sanitizer.

absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 5 months ago

MM "I call Moore all the time and there has never been trouble. I am directly accusing you, absolute, of lying. "

not lying...just not one of Moore's cronies as you obviously are.

Point made and confirmed.

kmat 5 years, 5 months ago

AR - I too have called and written Moore many times and always got responses. I have never met him or given him any contributions. I call your bluff too.

Totally agree with Myname!! I don't know if I'd go so far to make him dog catcher because I don't think he has enough common sense for that job, but I would let him sanitize phones.

absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 5 months ago

So what has Mr. Tiahrt said that you could possibly call inaccurate? He is speculating that some of the best are possibly being aborted. This could be true. If a man speaks the truth...why, other than your obvious political mypopia, do you condemn?

absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 5 months ago

MM and kmat...again my point is made in response to your experience with Mr. Tiahrt's office. I'm not of the Dennis Moore camp...as you obviously are...and therefore, get the same lack of response when I contact Mr. Moore's office.

Shane Garrett 5 years, 5 months ago

Iranian leaders often refer to the United States and its allies as the "global arrogance."

"As soon as the new government is established, with power and authority, ten times more than before, it will enter the global scene and will bring down the global arrogance," he, pres. Iam dema god, told a big crowd in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

"They should wait as a new wave of revolutionary thinking ... from the Iranian nation is on the way and we will not allow the arrogant (powers) to even have one night of good sleep," Ahmadinejad said, according to state broadcaster IRIB.

Sleepless in Seattle.

KS 5 years, 5 months ago

rooster - Then why does the left continue to attack. If all is well in lala land. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

jonas_opines 5 years, 5 months ago

Abortion + Obama + Republican = Kneejerk Democrat Reaction

jonas_opines 5 years, 5 months ago

"Point made and confirmed."

You use very strange criteria to confirm your points. I'd almost call your apparent criteria absolutely ridiculous.

rhd99 5 years, 5 months ago

Every time the Dems. Speak, (Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah). They don't care about the other side's arguments. Heck, look at the way they're shoving health reform down our throats. Dems better watch their backs. We will be back.

maybeso 5 years, 5 months ago

I agree with blindrabbit: if the right really wanted to end abortion, they would be for sex ed, access to better birth control, etc., and the radical idea of encouraging self-pleasure (you know what I mean...) as part of overall sexual health. Satisfying sexual desire does not have to lead to unwanted pregnancies.

CestWhat 5 years, 5 months ago

The left is scare of Todd Tiarht. Descent people are just sicken by him and his whole "C-Street" kabal. Barack Obama has more Kansas in his veins then Todd Tiarht ever will. This wasn't a pro or anti medical abortions stance. It implies that Ann Dunham was just too cheap to do it. That's a terrible message for our youth.

Families are off-limits including Pres. Obama's deceased Kansan mother.

CestWhat 5 years, 5 months ago

The left is not scare of Todd Tiarht. Descent people are just sicken by him and his whole “C-Street” kabal. Barack Obama has more Kansas in his veins then Todd Tiarht ever will. This wasn't a pro or anti medical abortions stance. It implies that Ann Dunham was just too cheap to do it. That's a terrible message for our youth.

Families are off-limits including Pres. Obama's deceased Kansan mother.

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