What frustrates Americans about Washington?
New Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews reacts to focus group
- Duration 7:09
- Date Jul 5, 2012
New Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews reacts to focus group
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We're joined by congressman rob Andrews in New Jersey who has the distinction of being one of those members who can uniquely work across the aisles.
Ask you this.
What frustrates you the most.
About Washington right now anything at all what frustrates you.
Campaign finance -- that.
Because I think members of congress spend most of their time raising money rather than working hard on the issues frustrate you the most.
And government to become so broken if they don't have the solution.
They really don't have a solution Michael.
The spending stop the damn spending and then don't use the money to also buy bride or cold coerce your own legislation.
When when the back what bothers you the most.
Nothing can get on the noted cooperation.
And it's not work.
The challenge right now is that you've got a Republican House democratic -- the democratic presidents.
And they complain nothing ever gets done and how -- you get something done I think the challenge is.
More people got to be unafraid to lose an election that's -- of that a lot of it a lot of frustration you're hearing about is that.
People want to vote the party line because they're afraid of losing -- primary -- example in my own case.
Somebody may not agree with this I voted for the so called Simpson Bowles proposal that.
Three weeks ago the house first and how many do you know what that is -- hands.
How many support it.
I'd come if you oppose it.
Talking to good to forget -- a lot of a lot of people in my party think because it restrain -- security Medicare a little bit that it's a bad thing that -- anathema.
Look I understand.
That we can't get the deficit under control stop the spending that Michael talked about if you don't look at the entitlements.
So I cast the vote the will give me trouble -- primary Sunday.
But -- it look -- I'm more afraid of losing election and I am of bankrupting the country and I think I wish I don't belong.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I and I would appreciate if everybody really felt that way.
-- we heard about the frustration and we heard about the polarization.
And we heard from congress that they're saying that it's the media is it really -- -- is I think it's and I don't think it's maybe it's us I mean.
It's a really easy thing to blame someone else.
We were elected to make these decisions for the country.
And if we're if we're not willing to say something that makes our our own party a little bit disquiet at -- risk of vote.
Then again I don't think we belong here that's not franks' fault that's our fault for not standing up the cast votes which is the first time ever been accused of being part of the media.
I'm mad as a compliment.
I took as an insult but.
-- -- -- lets people.
People sacrifice that everybody it would have to get some stuff up whether it's some entitlement issues -- it taxes people have to -- stuff up.
And nobody in politics once the tell people they have to give stuff up and sacrifice -- that's really what that what this sensible thing wants it really said that.
-- security benefits are gonna grow a little bit slower.
Medicare co -- can be a little bit higher.
Maybe some military spends going to be cut back some people pay a little more in taxes -- in certain circumstances.
That's a great way to lose an election.
That punch -- I just gave you.
But what we're doing right now's a great way to ruin a country.
Just spend in print money and both parties to be guilty of -- if people are unwilling to do he said today its its sarcophagus and who's telling him operation hands.
So I guess take you home with me.
Now that'll cause another problem that you don't want.
That's -- -- the question about do you think how can you.
Truly beer representative government if he's been in your office for twenty years I mean do you really reflects that people that you're representing.
You know something every two years is Heather.
They answer that question.
And look I think you can get stale and you can get higher.
And the best antidote to those competitive election I go home I knock on doors they go to street fairs I go to businesses and talk to people.
If they think I'm stale and they think I don't belong every two years ago chance to do something about that.
And I got to earn their vote every two years but sure you can get stale.
But I think the way to avoid that is to get out people who are not politicians listen to what they say justice.
-- your positions and didn't do the best you can for.
Think about these elections cycles every two years you know I feel like that the politicians aren't -- in the months.
Has there always Wear that you know on the campaign donors and that PR people and that.
The campaign people that they're seeing some missiles off script.
You know you.
It's it's in the media you know sometimes feeling you're not really getting politician what they really have to say.
You know worrying I won't blame the media for this -- -- you're not part -- -- take it personally but.
I -- it.
Media coverage of politics is something like covers professional wrestling.
Whoever the most bizarre and -- is tends to get covered.
And if you have a positive ID or do something positive you're boring.
So if you watch the evening news to people scream at each other -- going to be on there.
But the people sitting quietly in -- room figure out how to cut spending or improve education or make the military stronger you probably don't know their names.
Now again that's not the media's fault.
But I don't want -- get the impression that everybody here is a freak show for everybody here is yelling and screaming each -- a lot of serious people on both parties they're really trying to make the country that.
You know they call the -- the fourth estate and because we're celebrating independence and just curious what you the second row.
We word or phrase to describe -- -- -- -- Sorry.
And and biased.
For the good news is this an institution almost as bad as yours it.
So what would you tell them as a way to close this to give them a sense of of faith in the future and we can once again restore what made America great.
Don't vote for anybody.
Who doesn't answer a specific question you ask with the specific -- If you say this.
One how would you reduce the federal budget and they say you know I love America the fourth of July is my favorite day of the year or -- they say.
Let's find the five richest people American tax a 100% other income or let's cut welfare and foreign -- those are not serious chance.
If you ask a specific question demand a specific answer if you don't like the answer vote for the other guy.
But if you don't get a specific -- don't vote for that ours because we've let people in my business off the -- When they say what would you reduce the military -- the answer -- -- yes -- now.
If the answer is would you change the way Medicare operates the answers either yes or no or now don't let people.
-- -- answers because vagueness is usually a cover up for -- -- do you guys agree with him.
Would you vote for him.
And I suggest you switch district I'm not gonna switch districts -- which networks maybe yeah.
Thanks for the opportunity -- Anderson.