America's 'Sheriff of the Year' Running for Congress?
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on potential House bid
- Duration 6:50
- Date Oct 26, 2011
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on potential House bid
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I have commanded active duty soldiers airmen at the border -- -- -- -- we have worked together with our heroes in the Border Patrol achieved a 96%.
Reduction in illegal entries so I know -- little bit more about what it takes to secure the border.
-- -- -- -- He has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration's handling -- border security.
We learned that Arizona sheriff I'll -- you may be considering -- run for congress.
Nothing's official yet but the national sheriffs association's sheriff of the year has an exploratory web site running.
So what what -- this sheriff to leave law enforcement.
For -- creation.
-- -- you welcome.
That's the question real -- why would you get out of enforcing the laws and into creating the loss.
Well that's a novel concept that we enforce the -- and the Obama administration.
This -- part of it.
And when I could remain a -- probably till I retire very easily.
Yet what faces America is is -- in my estimation not just about our unsecured border.
In its -- and the fact that we have these cartels to think they own the place coming into my county.
The violence in Mexico that has come to America.
But -- unsecured border presents a grave national security threat.
That the Obama administration -- -- -- -- -- -- of the borders more secure than ever and we know that not to be true so not only those issues but about.
The economy there are people -- 10% unemployment -- 21% unemployment communities in my county.
And the answers were getting from Washington is more stimulus.
And raising taxes and how well has that worked.
Has -- creating jobs and what we need to do is get out of the way the private sector we need to lower taxes reduced regulation.
And get -- estimated three trillion dollars that is sitting on the sidelines and and private investors.
And to have that come into the economy -- truly -- are proud history of America the economic engine private and small business.
Yes let me as it is a share because -- -- -- funny about administration and -- -- you've made no secret of the fact you don't like how they handled the immigration issue along the southern border in particular where you you know you work there.
But the administration has put it out repeatedly and we've even -- Republicans come on our show recently -- say they've got to get -- got to tip the hat the Obama administration because.
It has had record deportations.
And what they say is they are focusing a limited resources on getting rid of the illegal aliens who have committed crimes in the country.
As opposed to the illegal immigrants who you know all they did wrong -- cross the border illegally I mean.
Do you maintain.
That the Obama administration as as attempted you know -- it written you suggested.
Basically skirt the -- do nothing when it comes to hire illegal immigration.
Well what glossary and enforce if you call my dispatcher 911 we don't say -- only answering murder and and rape and and and staff today we answer all the calls.
And this is where -- have -- lawyer Larry.
Is some -- because they don't have all the resources they need.
Why not prioritize all the criminals.
Because we need to enforce a -- I told this to mr.
Moore and his face and -- -- can now.
They said but sheriff we only have 400000 beds.
And I said will if you enforce the law at the border.
What worked indium the reason why we had a 96% reduction in illegal entries is not just because of -- border fence works it's not just because we had armed soldiers there.
But because we enforce a lot nobody is allowed what's the catch and release which is -- our voluntary return.
Because we've created this culture where people.
Have not -- at held to consequences and this is this is a rule of law and the president has undermined the rule of -- the very foundation.
Here in America there's four point five million people.
That are waiting in line that have respected our law that wannabe citizens or apply for work -- shouldn't be visas.
And and now He wants to put these people in front of these people that's not fair that -- a core American principle.
How how do you expect to couldn't persuade voters up and I understands it's it's an open seat it's a -- it's a district that leans Republican and you would be running as a Republican.
But are you going -- -- run mostly on immigration platform are you gonna broaden it out.
While it's it's not just about the rule of law.
Fast and furious -- -- we have been portrayed but it's about the economy it is about jobs.
It's about making government work for once and and leaders who go to Washington that aren't looking at the next election but are gonna do what's right for America.
And and I'm accustomed to making tough decisions I've taken my budget and actually reduced it by 10%.
And yet we've improved service we've -- emergency response time in half.
That doesn't happen on accident so I didn't budgets -- not one that believes.
Sadly a novel causes varies from both sides let me ask -- -- Jennifer Johnson has a spokeswoman for the Arizona Democratic Party came out and said.
That your your bid is going to distract from your job -- -- and here's the quote.
It looks like -- bad you hoped to spend even less time -- sheriff and even more time on TV than He already does.
When it comes to self promotion he's an over achiever even if the public has to pick up the tab going to -- opportunity to respond that your.
While I appreciate her compliment that they're not fans of Fox News I am.
And what we've been trying to do is communicate articulate a message here.
In Arizona when the Obama administration has attacked our state has handcuffed our law enforcement.
From enforcing the law and that's our job is to enforce a -- to protect America there there have been people have been killed in kidnapped in my county.
These cartels have murdered a hero and our Border Patrol.
Brian Terry who speaks for him.
And then we find out that it's our own government Eric Holder in the ATF to have facilitated 2000 weapons into the hands of these cartels.
That murdered Bryan Terry and 200 people in Mexico what the heck are we doing in America.
-- why are we standing up for America and putting us first when we're when we have soldiers from Germany to Japan.
In Korea protecting their border why don't we start protecting our border here in America.
Eric -- has of course denied.
Having approved the festive period program -- an investigation continues.
-- it certainly sounds like you are running.
A study willing to declared hours it still -- considering.
Well I love my job is sheriff and account January I need to hear from people that's a whole idea of exploratory.
People go to sheriff -- dot com let me know do you support me do you want me.
To go to Washington send a sheriff to Washington I need to hear from you thank you so there all the best.