From THE HILL:
Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) is challenging former Vice President Dick Cheney to a debate about his most recent security criticisms of the Obama administration.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Ed Show” Wednesday night, Massa said he’s had enough of former Vice President Cheney “kicking us in the shins.”
“I don’t want the president being diverted from his mission on this, having to deal with Dick Cheney. I want Dick Cheney debate me, anywhere, anytime, anyhow. And let’s see how he stands up to the truth,” Massa said.
The New York Democrat said his party needs to be more forceful in responding to Cheney’s occasional barbs at the president.
“This man suffers from a horrible case of political Tourette’s, and it’s about time that we stand up and kick right back,” he said.
From TALKING POINTS MEMO:
On MSNBC yesterday, Massa responded to Cheney’s statement to Politico, which criticized President Obama’s response to the Flight 253 incident and accused the president of “trying to pretend we are not at war.”
He also referenced Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who has generated some controversy for holding up Obama’s nomination to head the TSA [Transportation Security Administration]:
People like Jim DeMint, and people like Dick Cheney, need to go away so we can solve the problems that they’ve created.
Massa also said of Cheney: “It makes no difference what we do. This man suffers from political diarrhea of the mouth.”
He continued: “For the Republicans to come out swinging and make this a political issue is the height of absolute arrogance and the depth of incompetence.”
(Video at TALKING POINTS MEMO link)