Former GOP lawmaker says Obama got elected because he was black

Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh (Ill.) said Saturday that former President Obama was elected because of his skin color. 

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Walsh, who served in Congress during both of Obama's terms, has made similar racially driven suggestions in the past.

In a 2011 interview, Walsh said Obama was only elected because he was "a black man who was articulate," suggesting that he wouldn't have risen to political prominence by being a "dynamic, white" state senator. 

Walsh also had his TV show, "The Joe Walsh Show" pulled from the air for a time for using several racial and ethnic slurs.