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Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL) Attacks Club For Growth, FreedomWorks, Heritage Action In ABC This Week Appearance

This Sunday on ABC News’ This Week they had on their panel Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger who took the opportunity on national television to attack the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, and Heritage Action.

Kinzinger told substitute host Martha Radditz, “My concern with what’s going on, and we saw the interview with Ted Cruz and everything, is we’re seeing conservatism in essence being redefined in this country. And it’s not being redefined by Ted Cruz, it’s being redefined by some of these outside groups, your Heritage Action, your Club for Growth, your Freedom Works. And you have a small group in congress that has become the surrender caucus. They’ve’s surrendered their voting card to the wishes of these outside groups.”

Kinzinger also said, “But I think as a party we’ve got to have a real conversation about the fact that you can have different views, you can vote with the Tea Party 8 out of 10 times and still be a conservative. The conservative movement has slowly been redefined to what Freedom Works and Club for Growth want it to look like which are outside, unelected groups, run by a couple of 30-year-old staffers. And that’s what my concern is.”

A transcript of all of Kinzinger’s comments via ABC News:

RADDATZ: And now let’s bring in the roundtable to weigh in. Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger from Illinois, Maryland Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Peter Baker from the New York Times, author of the new book “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House” and ABC’s Matthew Dowd.And I want to start with you, Representative Kinzinger. Just react to what you heard from those Tea Party supporters, those are some genuine emotions.

REP. ADAM KINZINGER, (R) ILLINOIS: Oh, sure. There is a lot of passion out there. We are a country $17 trillion in debt and this has to stop.My concern with what’s going on, and we saw the interview with Ted Cruz and everything, is we’re seeing conservatism in essence being redefined in this country. And it’s not being redefined by Ted Cruz, it’s being redefined by some of these outside groups, your Heritage Action, your Club for Growth, your Freedom Works. And you have a small group in congress that has become the surrender caucus. They’ve’s surrendered their voting card to the wishes of these outside groups.My voting card says Illinois 16th district and that’s who I represent.

RADDATZ: Let me ask both of you, and it’s essentially what I asked Nancy Pelosi, aren’t you humiliated by this week. Aren’t you ashamed? The country looks at congress, all of you, and they’re disgusted. Are you ashamed this week? Let’s start with you on that.

KINZINGER: Yeah. I mean, this has been a bad chapter from October 1st to the day we re-opened. I mean, this is — America is the most powerful country in the world and that’s something that I’m very proud to say. But when you look at what’s going on — I had a friend in Europe that just wrote me and he says I don’t understand what is happening. Are you guys going to stay powerful, are you guys going to stay together and work this out? This has got to have — it’s time for us to come together. And I’m looking forward to it, because the president said if we re-open government he’s coming to the negotiating table. So I’m excited to see him there

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KINZINGER: It’s a different moment because you see; I’ll call it kind of the Ron Paul movement which all belonged to the Republican Party whether you support Ron Paul, whether you support Ron Paul, whether you support Ted Cruz or whether you support Chris Christie. We’re a big tent Republican Party.But I think as a party we’ve got to have a real conversation about the fact that you can have different views, you can vote with the Tea Party 8 out of 10 times and still be a conservative. The conservative movement has slowly been redefined to what Freedom Works and Club for Growth want it to look like which are outside, unelected groups, run by a couple of 30-year-old staffers. And that’s what my concern is.The other point I want to make though is this, the President of the United States is the only one, whether he’s Democrat or Republican that can really lead a country together and give a vision. We can do that, I can do that as a member of Congress, but it’s not going to have the impact of the President of the United States will.He needs to come out and start to lead the country and say it’s time to be unified. He’s got three years left to make a name for himself.

KINZINGER: I have to respectfully disagree. I mean there have been presidents in history that put out a great vision for America, the shining city on a hill, I think of with Reagan. I think on our side with Jeb Bush

–EDWARDS: We fought like cats and dogs.

KINZINGER: Yeah but I think history judges he was an amazing president. But when you look at some of the candidates that we have out there, we have a lot of great candidates. Jeb Bush has put a very positive vision. When he talks, he talks about the need for education. He talks about the need for unity. I think the Bush last name actually won’t hurt him. You see George Bush becoming more popular as he’s been out of office. People see him differently than they did when he got out. And Jeb is a totally different man. I think that we’ll see that.

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