An interview of freshman Rep. Scott Tipton by liberal blog ThinkProgress last Wednesday at the University of Denver presidential debate has produced more than its share of eyebrow-raising comments. On Thursday, there was Tipton’s hilarious “our specifics will be general in nature” gaffe. And just in time for the weekend, here’s Scott Tipton’s view of Mother Teresa!
Okay, not Mother Teresa personally, but you get the idea:
[THINKPROGRESS]: What did you think about the nuns who are going out and barnstorming across the country, campaigning against the Ryan budget?
TIPTON: I think one of the important things is that we often get people that want to try and divide. [Original emphasis] No one, Republican or Democrat, wants to hurt any individual.
[THINKPROGRESS]: Do you think they’re being divisive?
TIPTON: I think pointing to this without the understanding apparently that we’ve got to be able to pay for those different programs. So how can we best deliver them in the most efficient way? What’s the best way to really address needs and concerns that people have right now? Wouldn’t it be better to actually create an environment where they could get a job and provide for their families? That’s what we’re pushing hard on.
Because the first thing Jesus thought about when it was time to feed the poor is who’s paying!
Now usually, especially when you’re a politician running for re-election in heavily Catholic areas of the state like Pueblo and the San Luis Valley, you preface your remarks about those divisive nuns with something about how you, you know, still like nuns.
But to Tipton, if they’re not toeing the Ryan Plan line, they’re just hippies with funny smocks.