Speaking at a town hall meeting earlier this week, Walsh said that Obama would never have won if not for the historic nature of his candidacy, namely that the then-senator is African-American. The Republican lawmaker added that opponent Sen. John McCain’s age and a sinking economy also helped, Think Progress reports.
“He was a historic figure. He’s our first African-American president. The country voted for him because of that. It made us feel good about [our]self,” Walsh said. “I’ve said it before, it helped that John McCain was about 142 years old. It helped that the economy was tanking. A lot of these things helped. But he never would have gotten there without his historic nature.”
Those remarks might come back to bite him. Walsh is running for re-election in a reconfigured and now more Democratic district that strongly supported Obama in 2008.
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