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Iowa Rep. Rod Blum quits interview over town hall questions

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/9/2017 By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press
Attendees hold up their red signs to show their disapproval of Rep. Rod Blum's, R-Iowa, answer to a question during a town hall at Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa, on Monday, May 8, 2017. (Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP) © The Associated Press Attendees hold up their red signs to show their disapproval of Rep. Rod Blum's, R-Iowa, answer to a question during a town hall at Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa, on Monday, May 8, 2017. (Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Rod Blum angrily walked out of a televised interview in front of a group of schoolchildren in Dubuque, Iowa, when pressed about screening attendees to his public meetings.

Rae Seaton challenges U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, on his answer to her healthcare question during a town hall at Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa, on Monday, May 8, 2017. (Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP) © The Associated Press Rae Seaton challenges U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, on his answer to her healthcare question during a town hall at Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa, on Monday, May 8, 2017. (Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP)

The second-term Republican got up two minutes into the KCRG Monday interview , saying, "I'm done ... this is ridiculous," after being asked whether he accepts donations from outside his district.

People line up outside Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa, to protest against U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, before Blum's town hall Monday, May 8, 2017. (Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP) © The Associated Press People line up outside Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa, to protest against U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, before Blum's town hall Monday, May 8, 2017. (Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP)

He said before leaving the room, "I mean, he's going to sit here and just, and just badger me. Unbelievable."

C.J. Klenske lines up outside Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa, to protest against U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, before Blum's town hall Monday, May 8, 2017. (Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP) © The Associated Press C.J. Klenske lines up outside Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa, to protest against U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, before Blum's town hall Monday, May 8, 2017. (Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP)

The question about donations followed reporter Josh Scheinblum asking Blum why he requires audience members at his town hall meetings for identification.

Loras College student John Craine, left, and Clarke University student Bethanie Krause hold signs outside Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa, to protest against U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, before Blum's town hall Monday, May 8, 2017. (Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP) © The Associated Press Loras College student John Craine, left, and Clarke University student Bethanie Krause hold signs outside Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa, to protest against U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, before Blum's town hall Monday, May 8, 2017. (Nicki Kohl/Telegraph Herald via AP)

Blum said audience members are vetted to ensure they are from his district.

Blum was met by an angry crowd at his town hall meeting later Monday.

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