U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning said yesterday that he was unaware of reports that a unit of Army Reserve soldiers in Iraq had refused an order to deliver fuel for reasons including that their trucks were lightly armored.
“I don’t know anything about that,” Bunning said during a news conference after a speech he gave to the Rotary Club of Louisville.
Bunning added that Congress had approved money to upgrade body and vehicle armor. “And I believe that has all been accomplished. And I don’t know about your reservists,” he said. “Unfortunately, we’ve had some reports, but I don’t know the one you’re specifically talking about.”
When reporters told him that the unit’s refusal was a national news story and involved a soldier from Louisville, Bunning said, “Let me explain something: I don’t watch the national news, and I don’t read the paper. I haven’t done that for the last six weeks. I watch Fox News to get my information.”
Told that Fox News broadcast the report, Bunning said, “Not the times I watched it. So the fact that somebody was from Louisville, I know about that.”
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