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Beck's Unusual Advice on 'Torture' for Senate Candidate Looking to Unseat Mitch McConnell


"You know who Marcus Luttrell is?"

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Glenn Beck on Friday offered an unusual piece of advice to U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin of Kentucky, wherein he analogized going to Washington to suffering physical torture.

It all began after Bevin firmly promised that he would not "turn into" Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom he is hoping to unseat, after being elected.

"Don't promise anything," Beck responded. "Just make it happen ... and, you know who Marcus Luttrell is?"

Glenn Beck speaks with Senate candidate Matt Bevin of Kentucky in a phone interview. (TheBlaze TV)

When Bevin responded that he did not, Beck said: "He is one of our nation's real heroes and a good friend of mine, and he was tortured in Afghanistan horribly and a real hero."

Beck said that during one of their conversations, he told Luttrell he didn't think he'd be able to "hold out" under torture, quipping that if they didn't feed him for "like four hours" he'd be "starting to sell [his] children down the river."

"I said, 'I don't think I could make it under torture,'" Beck recalled. "And [Marcus] said, 'Then you'd have the best chance of survival.'"

Asked what he meant, Luttrell said the people who 'break' are the ones who say beforehand that they never would, that they'll be "fine."

"They haven't really thought about what it's really like," Beck told Bevin. "So please change the answer [to], 'I'm going to do the best I can and I'm going to live it day by day to not disappoint you.'"

"That I will commit to," Bevin agreed.

The two also discussed the latest news out of Washington, and specifically the so-called "Kentucky kickback" that saw Bevin's state receive more than $2 billion in legislation passed Wednesday to reopen the federal government and raise the nation's debt ceiling.

"Here's what I'll say," Bevin commented. "This was specific to a project, the Olmsted Locks and Dam project which is in southwestern Kentucky out in western Kentucky, and it's a critical project. It is a project that needs to be completed, but the methodology for this $2 billion, $2.8 billion just stinks. This is not how funding is supposed to occur. Sweeteners, kickbacks - whatever you want to call them - should not be a part of these sort of processes, where we are saving the American people, supposedly, from some manufactured crisis. And in order to make that happen under the cover of darkness, favors at the taxpayers' expense get bandied about."

Matt Bevin of Louisville, Ky. , speaks during the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. , Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. (AP)

Bevin said the reaction in Kentucky will probably be a "mixed bag." With the additional money comes employment opportunities, but at the same time, he said, this is a project that has already seen delays and "exorbitant" costs, and is "another example of where the more involvement on the part of the federal government in particular, the more convoluted and expensive things are, and the more it's disadvantageous for the American people."

The two also discussed Bevin's recent endorsement by the Senate Conservatives Fund and his prior endorsement by the Madison Project. Beck said he "wouldn't be surprised" if Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and even President Barack Obama flew out to Kentucky to campaign on behalf of McConnell.

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