Iowa Tea Party Chairman Ryan Rhodes says although President Barack Obama calls for civility in the political arena, he sends his advisers out to attack the tea party and other opponents. Rhodes also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday Obama’s town-hall meetings don’t provide a forum for the tough questions.
“You know, these events a lot of times get staged — these questions don’t get asked — and so, I did stand up,” Rhodes said. “I said, hey, I’m going to ask this, because I’m getting sick of the entire taxpayer-funded . . . town hall tour [which] was simply a way for him to attack the Republicans and try to perfect his talking points.”
The question Rhodes posed to the president at Tuesday’s Iowa town-hall meeting was, “How will we come together when your vice president is calling us terrorists?”
In a conversation with Rhodes after the meeting, Obama denied Vice President Joe Biden had made the comment, which was reported to have happened in a private discussion with Democrats during the debt ceiling impasse late last month.
“How can you actually have a conversation with someone who is just going to look in your face and absolutely deny it?” Rhodes asked Hannity. “I mean, beyond Joe Biden, Harry Reid has been calling us hostage-takers for how long?
“Barack Obama says he wants civility . . . but then he sends his supporters out and says, you need to get in their face,” he said. “If you want people to confront other people, then you better be ready to be confronted — you are not a king — we still elected you and we still want to hold you accountable.
“And if you are unwilling to go to the people or answer these questions — come on shows like yours, Sean — then you know what? It is going to take things like this,” Rhodes said. “It is going to take people going out there and saying: Mr. President, I want to know what you think. He could have shut the entire exchange down by just simply saying, I disagree.”
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