Rep. Allen West: WH’s Sperling “An Idiot Repeating Very Weak Talking Points” on Cavuto – Video


by Real Clear Politics

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on White House economic adviser Gene Sperling saying Republicans have missed a golden opportunity when it comes to the payroll tax extension agreement.

Rep. Allen West: “I have to tell you, listening to Mr. Sperling, I never met him but he truly did seem to me to be an idiot that was just repeating some very weak talking points. You have to understand one simple thing, the national payroll reporting consortium today came out and said that this two month extension cannot be properly implemented. And who would ever think of economic policy just going for a two month incremental time period?”

Neil Cavuto: “Well, you have done that before. You guys on both sides have done this stumbling along a couple of months at a time.”

West: “That’s something that I have not stood for and I have been against these countless continuing resolutions.”

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Audio of Interview of Rep. Allen West (R-FL) by Scott Hennen on his radio program

Congressman West: “Well he is of course borrowing the words used by Justice Clarence Thomas but when you enter into this fray and you start to have the success that he is having, people are going to come at you. So I think that you have to recognize that that’s going to happen. I think that what’s going to end being the result, its going to make him somewhat more popular if it does not destroy him because all you keep hearing is anonymous and alleged and there is nothing concrete coming forward. So I think what he’s trying to do in his messaging is turn that against the accusers and to use this to build himself up.”

Scott Hennen: Is it an attack on a black conservative because he’s a black conservative?

Congressman West: “Oh come on, I mean you know I was the only black member of a white supremacist motorcycle gang so liberals and there are certain others I would say even within our party that are not comfortable with strong black conservative voices and I would say there are people that feel very threatened by that because we do stand on principle. We are someone or entities that are out of the mainstream, if you want to call it that so liberals are definitely going to come at you. But I think you also have this inner fight within our primary candidates for that piece of the pie that they want to have.”