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FOX Anchor Confronts GOP Sen. on His $16 Million in Earmarks

"Why is there $16 million in requests listed here from you?"

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) may have vowed to vote down the latest spending bill, but not before Fox's Bill Hemmer uncovered a stubborn little fact: Cornyn has stuffed $16 million worth of earmarks into the bill.

Hemmer invited Cornyn on his show to talk about the new massive spending bill. Cornyn dutifully railed against it. But when Hemmer confronted Cornyn on his own $16 million worth of earmarks, the Senator tried to squirm his way out of it. To be fair, he did (just barely) by vowing to vote against it. But listen to the logic he used to defend his earmarks:

Cornyn's "defense" is exactly why earmarks are so prevalent: they are all "defensible" and "good" for your constituents. He even tries to invoke the sacred cow of our "men and women in uniform" -- that seems to me a cowardly debate killer.

How can Republicans rail against Democratic earmarks and then defend their own? As Ghandi once said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

This story has been updated.

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