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But the news-conference format, and the shortage of reporters willing to play along, created an open-mike situation. A man claiming to be from the Pittsburgh tea party asked about "the illegal people" and whether the government could find out "who they're calling back in their home countries and to whom they're sending money, American money."
Heritage's Rector fielded that question. "I regard my vote as something like a property right," he said, "and when you give it out willy-nilly and freely to people whose claim on that property right is that they broke our laws, I feel deeply insulted. And I say, 'You stole from me!'"
The cheers that followed could be heard clearly on the Senate side of the Capitol.
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