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Johnson, Angle, Paul all hiding from media

Think of it as the Rand-Johnson-Angle Triangle. Or, as Russ Feingold prefers,

#507386">Talking Points Memo on the Republicans hiding Rand Paul and Sharron Angle from the media:

#2d7ea9">According to Think Progress, Paul (R-KY) has taken to demanding reporters submit questions in writing. He's keeping to Fox News and other friendly media outlets. Asked about Medicare reimbursement rates at a local event recently, Paul told a reporter to submit the questions "and we'll look at them." He said his goal was to campaign around Kentucky. The baffled reporter rebutted: "So you're not going to answer any questions in person?" (Watch the video #2d7ea9">here.)

Then there is Angle (R-NV), who campaigned on wanting to "phase Medicare and Social Security out," far from a mainstream Republican message.

NRSC Chairman John Cornyn #2d7ea9">told reporters last night that Angle wouldn't be ready to face the national press until she is "staffed up and prepared," and she's been huddling with Washington leaders this week to give her insurgent campaign an establishment makeover.

"I just think it's going to take a few weeks ... but you know it's really up to her," Cornyn (R-TX) told Brian when asked about Angle #2d7ea9">dodging reporters at the Capitol.

#2d7ea9">Politico says Russ Feingold links his opponent, Ron Johnson, to Angle and Paul, but:

Johnson’s campaign declined to make the candidate available for an interview"

Johnson makes a stop in Eau Claire, but a local TV station #507386">reports: >

US Senate Candidate Ron Johnson was the guest speaker. He would not take questions from the media.

The question isn't really how long Johnson's campaign will keep that up. The answer is as long as possible.

The real question is, how long will the media allow it?

UPDATE: At a WisPolitics luncheon, state GOP chair Reince Preibus wasn't answering any questions about Johnson's positions either, the Dem Party says:

When asked for Johnson’s stands on important issues like Bush tax cuts for the wealthy; oil drilling in the Great Lakes; the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited spending on elections by corporations; and Paul Ryan’s plans to privatize Social Security, Preibus had no answers for his endorsed candidate.

Preibus repeatedly dodged questions about Johnson, saying simply, "There's going to be plenty of time to ask all the questions of Ron Johnson. You'll get your answers."

Right. Count on it. Any day now.


June 16, 2010 - 5:22pm