GOP’s Eric Hovde: Press Should Stop Writing Sob Stories About Poor People [Video]

Eric Hovde

Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde told the local media he was tired of hearing sob stories in the media about the poor. He chided the Mainstream Media to start writing stories about the national debt and other things he considers “real problems”. Hovde was speaking to the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce when he made the remark.

During a Q&A session, Hovde spotted a reporter in the crowd and chided him for writing too many stories on low income individuals.

Hovde said,

“I see a reporter here. I just pray that you start writing about these issues. I just pray. Stop always writing about, ‘Oh, the person couldn’t get, you know, their food stamps or this or that.’ You know, I saw something the other day — it’s like, another sob story, and I’m like, ‘But what about what’s happening to the country and the country as a whole?’ That’s going to devastate everybody.”

Sean Lansing, spokesman for Hovde told the Huffington Post in an e-mail:

“that issues like waste, fraud, abuse and out-of-control government spending are what’s really hurting the poor and making the human interest stories possible in the first place, so the press — and the public at large — should be focusing on the root of the problem and how we can reform the system.”

A Poll put out by a Democratic think tank last week showed his Democratic opponent trailing Hovde by 4 percentage points. The margin of error was 4. Hovde is facing four GOP primary candidates to see who will face Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in November.