Despite voting against providing federal funding for National Public Radio while serving in the House of Representatives, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) admitted he's "an NPR listener" during an appearance on "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" on Feb. 15.
“If an NFL player can come out as gay, a Republican senator can come out as an NPR listener," Flake said, referencing Michael Sam, who came out in early February and is eligible for the 2014 NFL draft.
Federal funding for NPR was targeted by Republicans in March 2011, but was ultimately spared in a budget deal passed in April of that year. Republicans -- including Flake -- also targeted NPR in 2010, using a procedural maneuver to force a vote on the issue.
To listen to Flake on "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" go here.
UPDATE -- 2:02 p.m.: Flake sent the following tweet to BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski, who wrote about the senator's votes against NPR funding:
@BuzzFeedAndrew I also voted to defund a program that spent $1 million in '13 to promote U.S. candy abroad despite my notorious sweet tooth
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) February 18, 2014
(h/t Daniel Newhauser)
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