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Lowden denies chickens-for-checkups comment

Flash: Must-watch chickens-for-checkups video. Forget last night's results. This is way more important.

Exactly 42 days after Sue Lowden first committed the original chickens-for-checkups gaffe, she's still struggling to put it behind her -- and now she's explicitly denying originally making chicken-related assertions she plainly did make.

Lowden got into a testy exchange over chickens-for-checkups with Nevada journalist Jon Ralston at yesterday's GOP Senate primary debate, and Harry Reid's campaign has now posted the video:

Lowden rebukes her host, insisting that he go out and see for themselves that people are bartering for health care. But the best part comes towards the end.

Ralston directly confronts Lowden with her own words, and she denies ever saying them.

Ralston points out that Lowden talked about how people used to barter chickens for checkups in the old days, and he quotes her saying: "I'm not backing down from that system."

"No, I never said `from that system,'" Lowden shot back. "I never said, `from that system.'"

In reality, Lowden originally said: "Before we all started having health care, in the olden days our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor... I'm not backing down from that system."

I have no idea how this affects Reid's reelection chances -- he's got a long way to go until November -- but it makes for much-needed entertainment after a very long night....

By Greg Sargent  |  May 19, 2010; 10:53 AM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Health reform , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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Comments

Lowden must be pissed this won't get dropped.

There needs to be a guy in a chicken suit at every event she's at to remind people just how ridiculous she is.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 19, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, what is WRONG with her?

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 19, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Lowden must think that Nevadans are all morons. Does she really think that she can simply deny THE VIDEO RECORD OF HER OWN WORDS!? At the rate she is going, I’ll be surprised if she gets her party nomination. Seriously, if she can’t manager her campaign and her mouth any better than what recent history has shown, why should anybody believe that she would be just fine in the Senate?

If Lowden is the brightest GOP bulb in Nevada, the GOP has got some work to do.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 19, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

One too many "R"s:

manager = manage

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 19, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I think this is a huge mistake on the part of Sue Lowden. She should not be trying to cross the road, to get away from her Chickens For Health Care Barter proposal.

Sue should embrace it, and call on Meg Whitman to help her set up the Chickens For Health Care Barter System on Ebay.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 19, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Sue Lowden Chickens Out!

Posted by: Liam-still | May 19, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

At Primary Debate; Sue Lowden Laid An Egg.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 19, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Liam, funny you should mention Meg, she could sell millions of chickens on ebay and still may not be able to buy herself a governorship. Her campaign is heading south, maybe Arizona or Nevada would be the perfect climate.

Posted by: lmsinca | May 19, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Oh, how I love this story.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | May 19, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

lmsinca,

Meg is just on a big ego trip, and trying to buy herself the Governorship. She does not appear to have any real political skills.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 19, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Sue is the thing with feathers.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 19, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Liam, the ads against Meg here are devastating, I'm thoroughly enjoying them.

Posted by: lmsinca | May 19, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Give me about fifteen minutes with Final Cut and I can produce the next Reid video with an A/B roll of Lowden saying:

A: "No, I never said `from that system.' I never said, `from that system.'"

B: "I'm not backing down from that system."

Just about the time the blood begins to coagulate from Lowden's last assault on her own foot, she starts blasting away again. That she keeps doing this repeatedly is confirmation that the entire Lowden campaign, from the candidate on down, is staffed with morons.

I guess she really can't stop pluckin' that chicken.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 19, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to Sue Lowden; my dream has come through. I always want to go on a gambling spree in Vegas, but never had enough money to do so. However, I do have lots of chickens, goats, and sheep, so I am now getting ready to load them on the truck, and head out for Vegas.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 19, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

As is in keeping with my morning routine, I reflected today on the many elements of Ronald Reagan's greatness. In this case, the times he spoke of serving in some battle which actually didn't include him. And it occurred to me that perhaps Blumenthal is also destined for greatness.

Posted by: bernielatham | May 19, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Of course, what really happened was Sue was out in the rural area, and was trying to come across as a one of them. She was trying to project a home spun image, for those rustic rubes, and how she identified with their old fashioned ways and values.

Politicians have always acted like chameleons, changing colors to suit what ever local yokels they were trying to hoodwink. The problem is that technology now captures their every word and gesture, and the entire world soon gets to see and hear it all.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 19, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

lmsinca, if there are any particularly good ads, I'd love to hear about 'em...

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 19, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Rather apt photograph of the Evangelical pro-abstinence fellow who failed to keep the Devil down in the hole...
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/05/should_have_seen_it_coming.php?ref=fpblg

Posted by: bernielatham | May 19, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

OT, omfg...

This morning on ‘GMA’ Republican and Tea Party victor in Kentucky’s Senate Primary, Rand Paul spoke with Robin Roberts about his victory. He’s already coming under fire for holding a victory party at a private country club while at the same time claiming to be a man of the people:

ROBIN: Some people find it a bit ironic that your victory party last night was at a private country club in Kentucky. Doesn’t that kind of send a mixed message there?

PAUL: I think at one time people used to think of golf and golf courses and golf clubs as being exclusive. But I think in recent years now you see a lot of people playing golf. I think Tiger Woods has helped to broaden that in the sense that he’s brought golf to a lot of the cities and to city youth, and so no, I don’t think it’s nearly as exclusive as people once considered it to be.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2010/05/rand-paul-defends-victory-party-location-by-citingtiger-woods.html

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 19, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Greg, I'll try to find you a few and email them to you. She's getting hammered for her voting record, or lack of, and connections to BP, Goldman and offshore accounts. Also, she's changed her stance on immigration policy and apparently no longer supports amnesty, although she once did. Anyway, if this continues, she'll never survive the primary IMO. On a caddy note, she really needs to do something with her hair.

Posted by: lmsinca | May 19, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"Abstinence Makes The Fond Grow Harder." Mark Souder.

No; he actually did not say that, but I just had to lampoon his abstinence hypocrisy with a play on words; about the old saying: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 19, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

From TPM. Waste of time posting a link, since this site is still living in the Sue Lowden past, where things are still done the old fashioned way:

I find this to be really shocking:

"So is Rand Paul, on a personal level, just a deeply unlikeable guy? One of the weird things about his acceptance speech last night was that he held it at the local country club -- to what looked uncannily like a members only crowd. This morning he defended the venue by saying that Tiger Woods has made golf a lot more popular. More to the point, news came out overnight that Paul allegedly refused to take Trey Grayson's concession phone call last night."

What is so shocking about it, I hear you ask:

I am shocked to hear that there are country clubs in Kentucky!!!

Posted by: Liam-still | May 19, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Greg here's a link to a LA Times article from March, there's an avatar ad in it that's pretty creepy. I haven't found any of the current ads running on television yet but will keep looking. They're running pretty much non-stop and Poizner is within striking distance now.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2010/03/antiwhitman-group-launches-first-political-ad.html

Posted by: lmsinca | May 19, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Also, here's a C&L piece from last week. Whitman's taking a lot of flak for not talking to reporters or when she does, not being able to give policy specifics.

http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/meg-whitmans-support-california-erodi

Posted by: lmsinca | May 19, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Did we know before that Sue Lowden travels by RV? This is good. When she stops at all those state parks for the night, she can put a little fence up and let the chickens out for some fresh air pecking time.

Posted by: AllButCertain | May 19, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I don’t think it’s nearly as exclusive as people once considered it to be.

Posted by: Ethan2010

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that's a winning statement ???

ROTFLMAO

quick, find a teabagger terrorist troll to explain how this is bad for Democrats

Posted by: nada85484 | May 19, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"that's a winning statement ???"

We're here to take our Country (Club) BACK (from Tiger Woods)!!!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 19, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you'd think someone fighting off possible finance violations over her campaign bus would avoid mentioning "climb(ing) in my RV" to tour the state, but no, she went there. She's a gasoline can fueling her own fires. Please, please survive the primary Sue...

Posted by: SteveinSacto | May 19, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Considering the fact that Nevada has county option prostitution, I doubt that it was chickens that Lowden had in mind. One can wonder what experience she has with bartering.

Posted by: FredinVicksburg | May 19, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

OT, consumer spending headed in the right direction:

*Fewer Americans Are Cutting Back on Spending*

Forty-seven percent say they are cutting back, down from 57% in February

In line with Gallup's reports of recent consumer spending increases, 47% of Americans say they have been spending less money in recent months than they used to -- still a fairly high number, but down significantly from 57% in February. Twenty-two percent say they have been spending more money -- up from 17%.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/128084/Fewer-Americans-Cutting-Back-Spending.aspx

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

All, some interesting stuff from the AP's Ron Fournier about fact checking:


http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/who_woulda_thunk_it_fact-check.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 19, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

We're here to take our Country (Club) BACK (from Tiger Woods)!!!

Posted by: Ethan2010

=====================================

Democrats can only hope the teabagger terrorists go down that road

(smiles for miles)

Posted by: nada85484 | May 19, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

The Club For Growth endorsed this bimbo. Bartering with chickens because the rabble is impoverished is their goal.

Posted by: Garak | May 19, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Greg,
Somebody needs to ask Lowden, what exactly did she have to "barter" for that RV?

Posted by: Beeliever | May 19, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Lowden is at the center of a fuster cluck. She put all her eggs in one basket and started to feather her nest. She tried to mother hen the issue, then crowed about it, but it seems to be stuck in her gizzard now.

Posted by: sparkplug1 | May 19, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Free range lunacy.

1. Stupid thing to say.
2. Stupider thing to reaffirm.
3, Absolutely Beck to then lie about what is clearly videotaped.

It doesn't say much about Nevadans that this nitwit is still leading Harry Reid in the polls.

Posted by: CriticalThinker4 | May 19, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if she will deny it three times before the cock crows twice. I'm note sure if the overriding issue is whether she had birds on her brain or just that she's a bird brain.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | May 19, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Those of us in Nevada are becoming very familiar with Lowden's habit of convenient amnesia. It usually involves her doing something ethically or mentally questionable. We are blessed to have Harry Reid as our senator, just as the country is blessed to have him as majority leader, and here's hoping Nevadans are not suddenly attacked by a wave of stupidity in November.

Posted by: greenm1 | May 19, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Next political ad:

Sue Lowden is a LIAR.

And she believes that bartering chickens for healthcare is the basis of a viable US Healthcare system.

Posted by: jaysit | May 19, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Sue Lowden is 57 years old. Yes, 57 years old. She may be an idiot, but, WOW, does she look HOT for 57 years old.

I'm sure she's had 'work' done, but there's only so much you can do. I mean, the neck area is a tough one and an area in older women that shows age first and is harder to do any 'work' on.

What a Babe! Does she look that good in person or is makeup a big part of her appearance? I want to know.

Posted by: tslynch27 | May 19, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Next the tea party will claim tha evidence of what Lowden said are fabrications of a cospiracy against her and the entire situation was a creation of the "Obamanist" agenda . Why should the tea party right start dealing in facts and reality now, denial has always worked better for them.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | May 19, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh you better believe theres a new video about Lowden's latest clucking mad performance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceFQThwIOIU

Posted by: landrycarl8 | May 19, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse


Here's a little mash-up of her lies...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceFQThwIOIU

Posted by: neffster | May 19, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Sue Lowden is 57 years old. Yes, 57 years old. She may be an idiot, but, WOW, does she look HOT for 57 years old.

I'm sure she's had 'work' done, but there's only so much you can do. I mean, the neck area is a tough one and an area in older women that shows age first and is harder to do any 'work' on.

What a Babe! Does she look that good in person or is makeup a big part of her appearance? I want to know.

Posted by: tslynch27 | May 19, 2010 4:25 PM

.....................

She owes it all to her long term practice of bartering chickens for removal of turkey neck.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 19, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Being a senior citizen who does not collect Social Security or use Medicare,
paying my own medical expenses might be easier by using chickens. Which do you think would be better for me, paying with legs, wings, breasts or livers or would it be better if I just gave my good doctor the whole chicken? How about a turkey breast, fresh not frozen? fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | May 19, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

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