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Walsh: Duckworth only wants to talk 'abortion'

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Congressman Joe Walsh Friday claimed Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth wants "to talk only of abortion." He said her news conference on the topic Thursday with a congresswoman from California was typical.

Political Editor Mike Flannery reports that the outspoken Walsh made the charge as he met with a group of female supporters.

Among the women who met with Rep. Walsh in DuPage County Friday were some who, like him, would outlaw virtually all abortions. Others called themselves pro-choice. Democrat Tammy Duckworth is too, but these Walsh backers accused her of ignoring more important pocketbook issues.

"I am not a man. I care about more things than abortion. So, talk to me about it. This is embarrassing to women. And, as a fellow woman, get it right," said Marina Collazo, a pro-choice business owner.

"If you just poll women, the top issues and concerns are gonna be jobs, the economy and our debt. If you talk about a distraction, what's Tammy Duckworth talking about? Abortion," said. Rep. Walsh.

A spokesman for Duckworth said she was unavailable Friday evening. Her campaign manager had a written response that sought to turn the tables.

"Congressman Walsh has made yet another attempt to distract voters from his outrageous statements on abortion. But the fact remains that Congressman Walsh holds extreme views on women's health and many other issues that are completely out of touch with the 8th Congressional District."

"Unfortunately, outside of personal lies and attacks against my family and me, the only thing Miss Duckworth seems capable of talking about is abortion. I said last week and I'll say it again today. Miss Duckworth will spend the next 11 days, talking about only abortion," Rep. Walsh said.

While Walsh and his allies also claimed that Duckworth "rarely campaigns in public," at least compared to his non-stop schedule, Duckworth does plan to join a noontime rally in Arlington Heights on Saturday urging everyone in the 8th Congressional District to vote early and not wait until Nov. 6.

There was also a key campaign finance move in the 8th Congressional District Friday evening.

A so-called "Dark Money Super PAC" that has already spent about $2 million helping Walsh retain his seat, told The Sun-Times that it was canceling plans for a big additional cash infusion. A spokesman for the Now or Never PAC, based in Kansas City, Mo., said $2.5 million once destined for the 8th District will now be spent elsewhere.

He said the decision had nothing to do with a new Tribune poll showing Duckworth leading Walsh 50 percent to 40 percent. The spokesman said Now or Never withdrew its money because it felt Walsh's campaign was in good shape.

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