Good ole' Clay Aiken! The openly gay American Idol runner-up fought his way through a debate Monday night with North Carolina second district representative (and opponent) Renee Ellmers. Ellmers has reportedly attempted to tie together Aiken and President Obama's beliefs in an attempt to win her congressional seat once again this November, but Aiken was not having it.
ABC News reports:
“This Obama-Aiken economy is just killing us,” Ellmers said.
“You might need to get a new writer because calling it the Obama-Aiken economy is just preposterous,” Aiken responded.
According to Talking Points Memo, Aiken recently spoke with The New York Times about the very same topic, stating that there are "certainly areas where I disagree with [Obama]." Still, Ellmers kept digging, this time alluding to Aiken's vocal prowess and showmanship while discussing the U.S. military.
“It's almost as if as an entertainer, you believe that you can just go in with a song and dance and change the mind of the military leaders,” she said.
Aiken's priceless retort?
“The most embarrassing reality show in the country right now is Congress,” he said.
Good on you, Mr. Aiken!
Let's just hope that his pseudo-fame can make a difference. According to past elections, he has an uphill battle: President Obama lost there by over 10 percentage points in both 2008 and 2012.
Check out news coverage of the debate, AFTER THE JUMP...