“I’ll be danged if I am going to give up my Social Security because of socialism,” councilman LeRoy Schaffer, addressing Michele Bachmann at a town hall.
hat-tip to Sully.
Update: WTF indeed.
Seems that the full context of Mr. Schaffer’s comment to Bachmann was left out of the quote. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
“Among more than 100 people who waited in line for over an hour to get into the event was St. Francis City Council Member LeRoy Schaffer, who was decked out in a tuxedo with a black top hat. Schaffer, who has become controversial for comments that led his fellow council members to censure him, dismissed the claim of some Republicans that the Democratic plans amount to socialized medicine.
“I’m on Social Security and I’ve got Medicare,” said Schaffer, 70, before entering the auditorium. “I have socialized medicine. I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.” [emphasis mine]
It seems that Mr. Schaffer was speaking tongue-in-cheek.