Rep. Inglis: Tea Party rhetoric hurts GOP

Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.), who lost his Republican primary earlier this year at the hands of a Tea Party-backed candidate, suggested Tuesday that rhetoric on the right is hurting the credibility of the GOP.

In an interview on CNN's "American Morning," Inglis said the tone against President Obama is too harsh and very often false.

"It's also not true that he's a Muslim," said Inglis. "It's not true that he wants to take over as a dictator. These things — we need to get rid of these things so we can build on credible, solid information."

On Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell's win in Delaware, Inglis said he was "concerned" and hopes "some of the things that are reported don't turn out to be correct."

When it comes to selecting Republican candidates, Inglis warned it's "very important that we be credible and have candidates that don't run in front of the flamethrowers."

Inglis lost a GOP runoff by a wide margin in June to Republican Trey Gowdy, who hit the incumbent relentlessly over his vote for the bank bailout.


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