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Ill-Advised: GOP Sen Responds to Tax Question With 'Blow Up the Place


"There's a big debate going on right now..."

War-like and battlefield language seems to be making its way around Washington. Just yesterday, President Obama compared the American people to "hostages," the GOP to "hostage takers," and then called John Boehner (R-OH) a "bomb thrower." Now, come to find out, a day earlier a GOP senator responded to a question on taxes by using the ill-advised analogy "I think we have to blow up the place."

CNS News reports on the exchange between a questioner and retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH):

“I know you came out in favor of what the debt commission [the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform] did but how do we get from here to there?” Voinovich was asked during a roundtable discussion at the Aspen Institute on Monday.

“Well, I think we have to blow up the place. There’s a big debate going on right now and most people want to work an agreement, they’re going to extend it [the Bush tax cuts], some deal will be made,” said Voinovich.

When later asked if he would vote against "tax extensions" he vowed, “I’m voting against everything. I am":

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