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Republican Congressman James Lankford Ducks Question About His Constituents’ Feedback On Debt Ceiling Negotiations

Reported by Ellen - July 30, 2011 -

As part of special coverage over the debt ceiling negotiations, Laura Ingraham interviewed Republican Congressman James Lankford on the The O’Reilly Factor last night (7/29/11). Noting that Congress has been “flooded with calls and emails” – to which Lankford said, “Oh, yeah!” – Ingraham asked, “What are your constituents saying? ...What’s the tenor and what are they urging you to do?” Lankford completely avoided the question, saying only that there’s a lot of misinformation out there. So I think we can safely assume the feedback has not been in synch with the Republican party. Polling reports also indicate dissatisfaction with the Republican lawmakers. Unfortunately, Ingraham allowed Lankford to evade.

Lankford said, “I tell you, 10 million rumors are flying out there… the problem is getting actual, factual information out there, especially about the Boehner bill we just passed. It has some really great reforms in it that people can run down the amount that’s been put into it for this first year and I’d like for it to be a lot higher but quite frankly …(it’s) a huge accomplishment.”

Lankford had just voted for the Boehner bill, which Ingraham obviously supported and she was more interested in focusing on Tea Party intransigence than in pressing to find out how Lankford’s constituents feel.

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