Voter suppression or voter fraud?
Scott Blakeman & Brad Blakeman discuss government's role in removing non-citizens from voter rolls
- Duration 10:47
- Date Jul 16, 2012
Scott Blakeman & Brad Blakeman discuss government's role in removing non-citizens from voter rolls
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Down in a key state Florida and officials there can use the law enforcement database -- -- someone who comes in -- may not be US citizen this is kind of a controversial thing.
The Obama administration had really been pushing hard had denying.
The request by Florida that they relented you're here to tell us what happened.
That's what I had done this has been taken -- now for -- -- the offense did not want to give up the names on this list since this has been going on since last summer.
The Department of Homeland Security -- now has the last and they are gonna get -- they say to Florida for these before officials say they gonna get it.
The -- they say will help them remove non citizens who are legally registered to vote there.
There was a state law suit against the Justice Department.
A judge ruled in a related case and it seems all that made the Obama administration finally relent and give him.
-- I can't ha I administration pushing back on some things like something that should be an unknown bring -- -- while they kept on having discussions with state officials.
What's appropriate about giving the -- this sort of thing but after this judge's ruling.
Made them change their mind we don't know precisely because the Department of Homeland Security has not.
Respondent or request for any comment on why they they're giving over the last what's important about this is that the list it's called the system that it's called the save less.
-- and they get a right.
Systematic alien verification for entitlements database so they obviously use this to check -- comments and check if you -- Available for government programs in this sort of thing and the federal that the Florida officials now want to use the names on that list and check.
Compare that to the names of non citizens or voters to see if they are non citizens who are registered.
And officials in -- yes they have the non citizens registered to vote in Florida.
Who they believe I have voted.
Critics of say and said that and -- on this list could lead to voter suppression that you know could -- -- voter purges but this morning we talk to the Republican secretary of state of Florida.
And that's -- and he told us that it's in the big step forward and things.
And trying to protect the integrity.
The coming election by getting the sisters what -- district office.
A means that we can ensure to Florida voters that this fall's election and elections in the future.
-- guarantee that non citizens are gonna be removed and that -- eligible voters votes will not be.
Neutralized or diluted as a result of non citizens voting in Florida elections.
While the details -- -- -- hasn't -- finalized he did say in our interview though.
That they will not be able to go through all the names before the November election and I asked how many names are.
Wanna get into it so yeah I mean who knows what we're talking about so what was penalized a point -- what are you aren't public but -- but the question -- you know will -- be able to go through everybody I'm in the Florida said they have a list of 360000.
Non citizens they hand it off like 22800.
Or so this blow to the local election boards.
That was in contention some of the board stopped two of the counties kept on looking.
So now that they have the full database of names of they'll go through it but the question is can get through all of it.
By the presidential election in November.
No it's it's really contentious like the Brennan Center in New York which -- as a voter fraud issues they claim that non citizens voting is not a real issue it's overblown it doesn't happen -- much.
But I have to tell you we I have seen I have actually seen voter registration forms of people who check off and say I'm not a citizen.
And they get on them they get registered anyway and they vote.
And and what we saw you in Chicago I think it was.
I mean when you've done that Soriano for a firm for those in the -- people I talked.
It does -- on how the accident he thought I tell them to passengers and -- thank -- that's we're just gonna have to see what happens in November part of it I got it.
-- you get replied there it is voter fraud at foxnews.com.
Me just a little address and we get what kinds of emails some kinds of people.
About the problems they have in the issues that they suspect and we get legal papers from candidates and other things and it's just.
Fascinating -- -- -- on both sides it hurts both sides you know it's not distant.
And went and Obama is upset because it's you know it's -- do -- -- you the Democrats at the minute it happens to both sides.
Erica thank you won't let you go there and they got lots of investigating discovering that a lot of emails Friday into the light of rough stuff.
Thank you and I -- thanks honey I if you wanna start talking kindness and we're friends outside of course you have to do this mom told him professional may have options.
But anyway said Brad Scott -- here -- some snow on.
-- -- what's your feeling about this I have a feeling you know -- is going to be might just give us your your kind of it's half a chunk.
It's it's government's job.
To not only protect the voter rolls but to ensure the integrity of voter rolls and it doesn't make it defies common sense.
For -- have to go out.
And be the one who's the Paul Revere if you will of the of the voting system and point out these irregularities what is the government's job not only to find it out but to rooted out.
And the fact this is Eric pointed out in his state in 2000 where the entire election.
Was less than a thousand votes you've got over a 100000 people on the Florida roles that are are questionable.
Whether they be dead or -- legal.
Or otherwise incapable of voting -- ineligible to vote.
For the president not to be the one.
Who demands voter integrity is a real shame.
Because it's up to our president to exert leadership instead of saying well.
Let that let let the let the people decide their own.
No not in federal elections a national elections it's up to the national government to ensure the integrity of every State's.
Electioneering whether to the ballot box for registration.
I mean that's exactly what the Obama's vision is doing is it should opposition feel left of the things they're saying.
The point is -- just I was saying is we cannot have voter suppression is a big dividend voter suppression voter fraud ever since day one but Americans have -- has always been as you said earlier dead people -- all -- -- In Florida I think out of that list of books hundreds of thousands of people they had like a 107 people who weren't citizens who voted.
It is it is it happens it's wrong no one.
Once non citizens to vote but the point is if you could try to stop -- is -- and you infringe on.
People should vote that's -- real problem and so these lists are just outdated and -- it's got to be very careful to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote.
Is allowed to vote.
-- -- -- -- Texas shows George W.
Bush not being Alan Ball to.
As well as anything to state legislators.
I -- -- -- yeah that's a good thing though.
But you've really got to look at these lists and really got him look look at them -- -- come.
-- -- go to another topic shall we.
New York Times.
Reports today calling for being there are calls -- -- in the New York Times is not calling for this.
That they report on calls for Stephanie Cutter -- -- near Obama administration on the campaign.
To apologize for calling Romney -- felon and making all these other -- Herat was sort of a lightning rod accusations.
On the specifically over the -- timeline stuff.
Rather than -- Obama campaign comes out swinging even harder.
They're continuing their attacks on Romney -- what does the president say about all of this.
Well we'll tell you with Stephanie Cutter says she says hey what Romney stop whining.
I wouldn't think fair response.
-- -- well I would invite everybody here would -- me.
Colors that she did say Romney is -- she said there are two choices either he.
-- the SEC the truth.
Or told the American people the truth but both can't be right now I don't think she should have used that word it would be a felon out of that that was helpful machine basis they Mitt Romney I think -- written this that the spread citizen -- -- show.
He needs to produce all its financial information all this tax returns the way he did when he was the other is that what it was vetted for I don't really is BP.
He grew 23 your detector if you wanna put all -- grass -- let -- get all the information what is it might.
Well we do have a lot of innocent folks it Brad saying you know why not show -- -- you know off off.
All the answer all these questions you've got nothing to hide who cares I -- -- you look like a rich -- a rarity.
Now but it's -- -- he answered these questions a matter of fact.
Of the charges that Stephanie and others in the including the president have raised against Romney.
The most liberal media including the Washington Post.
And the New York Times has debunked this stuff they said this is crazy the outsourcing.
The the timeline of being this is all.
To deflect divide and distort.
Romney's record and the fact is that Romney is not obligated.
When you run for president to release twelve years of tax returns he released what other candidates for president have done including Barack Obama.
And Barack Obama got rich because he's famous he never built a business he never really did anything as far as hiring people making something.
He may -- self.
They got rich and more power to him for doing it but -- got rich the old fashioned way he earned it.
He he ran businesses he hired people and yeah some people some businesses were were a downsized but many other businesses were prospering.
And that's that's part of business and government unfortunately.
If government does bad things where they do they go to the people get more money there is no failure for incompetence the only failure for incumbents come to the ballot box for the -- that without enough.
Brenner remember during the primary campaign you did say that Rami should release his tax returns that we had that but I think what he he.
Any general of Illinois and -- -- -- got quite legally is not legally but wouldn't be a better politically just you know what -- let me -- I think and the rough is nothing if -- -- not it -- being rich is not a crime he should be proud we've worked hard to -- people need to know what he did it band I want all about.
Is that more important things to start dealing of the tax brackets up or is it to fight back and say you know look.
Let's let's focus on the economy and the economy didn't you know more numbers coming out saying the economy major economists say the future.
Looks -- and the economy is going to continue to slow isn't that something that Mitt Romney should be pointing out forget the tax stuff.
If they can't -- -- -- look I agree with you and I hope and -- agree that sure that this campaign is about the issue is that reported I wanna hear Romney -- very detailed explanation what he would do differently the -- which he hasn't done.
But he's got to get this out of the way and Republicans -- saying that he can't -- he was ready to I don't know retired is that the -- he said.
You got just get the facts out and it's not gonna hurt him with the truth doesn't hurt I don't think if they can hide and she's getting them.
I am gonna get this I have to --