Virginia Republican David Brat unseated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the primary, but in a national television appearance on Wednesday, he was unable to answer basic policy questions.
Brat told MSNBC he was too sleepy to talk politics and thought he was appearing “to chat today about the celebratory aspects" of winning the primary.
“Should there be a minimum wage in your opinion?” host Chuck Todd asked.
“Um. I don’t have a well-crafted response on that one,” Brat answered. “All I know is if you take the long-run graph over 200 years of the wage rate, it cannot differ from your nation’s productivity, right? So you can’t make up wage rates.”
“Foreign policy question,” Todd said. “Arming the Syrian rebels. Would you be in favor of that? With the U.S. military helping to arm the rebels?”
“Heya, Chuck,” Brat said, “I thought we were just going to chat today about the celebratory aspects. I’d love to go through all of this, but my mind is just, I didn’t get enough sleep last night.”
The “Issues” page of Brat’s website says only this about foreign policy:
Ronald Reagan said it best: “Peace through strength.” A strong military is essential to the success of our nation. We must secure our borders, support the Armed Forces, both at home and abroad, and maintain a strong national defense in order to secure our country’s future. In addition, I support a full investigation into the Benghazi attacks.
The Tea Party-backed Brat has a PhD in economics from American University and believes God played a major role in his victory this week.
"This is a miracle from God that just happened," Brat said, according to The Associated Press.