Rep. Scott: America has a spending problem
Senator-designate on new seat, fiscal cliff deal
- Duration 9:20
- Date Dec 20, 2012
Senator-designate on new seat, fiscal cliff deal
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By giving President Obama.
A heartfelt message from the good people of South Carolina.
Did go wrong.
And go to golf back home and home and no -- thank you.
Remember that from the Republican Convention okay.
He can't -- But that did not stopped -- Scott and still making history because the south Carolina Republican congressman will soon be.
South Carolina's newest senator tapped by governor Nikki Haley to replace Jim dement.
In the new -- Scott will be the first African American senator from the south since get this reconstruction.
Pretty historic pretty -- -- this New York Times editorial writer pretty.
Well -- let me quote it obscures the fact that modern black Republicans have been more tokens and signs of progress.
Could they get worse.
Reaction now from senator does -- not.
Congress and senators be I don't know what we called his royal wanted I don't know what congratulated him -- the -- all right very good.
-- -- what did you think of that editorial here you are making history.
And here they are getting all stupid.
If I thought it was funny honestly that.
There's no there's no content or substance -- that.
Editorial what what I can say is that very proud that the -- give me an opportunity to reps and the good people of South Carolina because when you look back -- an eighteen year track record.
We were able to create -- and -- to the local level.
We were able to work your billing as a state and -- own we fight for spending reform as a member of congress because you look at a sixteen trillion dollar debt.
An annual deficits deficits over -- trillion dollars we find ourselves in a good position to change direction so that we can save the American dream.
For the American people.
You know our congress have but I talked to the -- you you're replacing senator Jim dement.
Part of the reason why he said he was leaving the senate was because.
He -- limited what he could do I'm paraphrasing -- Super Bowl is just was.
You know it's the Democrats -- Harry Reid runs this place is only so much you can do I guess he felt from the experts at The Heritage Foundation.
He could do more expressed a conservative argument.
More forcefully what -- Think of I think senator -- served South Carolina and our nation.
He has now been given an opportunity -- -- to -- -- -- foundation and have a greater impact on the philosophy of America as a man of conviction and principle.
You know you've been afforded that opportunity because of a track record of making a difference so you'll take that difference being a difference maker to the next level.
You know art -- -- would you and -- last edit at the convention accords which sometimes sense.
Yes the argument that the media was making of the Republican Convention at the time was that.
Hope it is -- showcase of minorities in the light and Hispanics in the light.
But but it was like a quadrennial event every four years they do it and then it he goes back to being the all white -- party.
It was a -- and rising dismissive comment.
But it bother you then how do you feel about it now especially in light of this and it.
We gave you you can't take good editorial very seriously if you understand the record of achievement that South Carolina has and a record of achievement that I've been.
Fortune to have in the public office.
Once again having that opportunity to build a local economy as chairman of the county council.
Was a fantastic opportunity to get my feet -- going to the state house and have an opportunity.
For us in South Carolina to land up largest economic development announcement in America.
-- come to south vials of fantastic opportunity.
And it's been a couple years the congress working on spending reform.
America has a spending problem from the -- perspective.
And if we focus our attention on building a greater economy a better economy.
We can find a way to pull ourselves from this -- dollar recovery until -- most robust.
Congressman you're going from a place where Republicans rule.
Democrats' rule and Harry Reid rules and it's his way or the highway.
He has said it is measured it speaker Boehner.
Wants to bring up tonight that is to separate vote on on on taxes where only those million and over see their rates go higher.
Eyes going no.
In the senate so.
You could be run and into a brick wall.
Well you one of the things about playing football early on -- gotten -- -- running in the tackle dummies on the -- bill and I.
Much -- to an opportunity to go through the senate.
And to work very hard to make make myself available to both sides of the aisle to understand that -- -- the challenges.
And see if you can find common ground on spending reform the one they've I realized.
Was that if you get the ball often enough and it's sooner or later you wake up mineralized.
-- -- to get different -- a different direction.
And this is an opportunity for us as a country to come together and look at the spending trajectory of the nation and change it.
All right well for now -- US congressman before you become next here in the United States senator.
So how are you going to vote tonight.
Your question they do have to tune in live I don't know -- -- losses.
And that's very good I was gonna criticize -- -- promoted me so I'm not gonna has to follow no in all seriousness I mean there are many in your ranks congressman who say.
That speaker Boehner is giving away the shop and and and they understand the dilemma -- CN.
But there are worried and frustrated at all that's being debated right now.
Are the size of tax heights and and and and nothing about whether -- gonna get any spending cuts.
Plus -- the greatest challenges that we've had for a long time they'll last through 2011.
The BCA the debt deal.
It went bad because -- simply did not have a focus on spending reform when you look at the fact our nation has a sixteen trillion dollar debt.
Annual deficits over trillion dollars and entitlements I have to be reformed to save them to protect our seniors.
We need to get serious about that part of the conversation before we go to figuring out how to free.
But -- -- you're a liar heads and as you know I mean you're going to be a busy senator announcing you've probably not in keeping track of how I've.
Played the -- superior to get you guys together.
He's got -- -- a nation that is built to scale muscles and all -- -- but.
I can't understand you guys are much closer than it would appear and I don't.
Did it Wear a deal can't be done and both sides -- Nicklaus.
Arguably over all the right reasons I'm but we stand a very good likelihood of not having to deal done by the end of the year and then everything -- The -- and well I think we should be optimistic -- the president and the speaker are still talking.
There's still communicating and is still working fine tuning.
What will be presented to congress as a whole.
For us to draw conclusions.
This close to the cliff would be inappropriate at least my I don't.
But congress can't I don't happens in Toronto -- right I mean neither is going to be -- vote -- -- separate measure the White House called to waste time.
Harry Reid said he's dead on arrival and am I mean that isn't a movie theater I don't know what it is.
-- there's no question that we will have a vote tonight but there's also no question that we'll have a couple of series of votes.
Between now and into the year do you think I'll get a deal by the end he addresses.
I hope so I hope we find a deal that starts talking first.
With the spending reform and control that's necessary -- -- for us continue to conversation about balancing our budget.
If we could start a conversation.
On the side of controlling spending we have a conversation that could have legs underneath that from my perspective -- -- with the president and the speaker.
Presents over the next few days.
Tom you know postelection a lot of people who criticize.
Grab defeat from what looked like the jaws of victory.
This video that rap against the party is that it's become as I mentioned earlier.
-- old white man party in that minorities are not.
Either invited for the party isn't -- -- What -- stated that and how Republicans correct that humans can.
Well I think if you if you look at the fact that America is the land of opportunity.
And our success has been being able to bring people together -- one vision.
Understand the definition of the American dream believing that that a dream is available for every single child in this country.
If we would start focusing and communicating.
How important is to keep that dream alive for the next generation we will find ourselves on common ground and -- look for common solutions I believe that the the Republican Party.
-- make great gains in the future.
Because Vermont crystallized.
How important it is for us -- -- -- -- work -- crystallized the economic freedom message that is alive and well we're gonna help folks.
I believe America is still sooner -- right.
We're gonna have a -- future.
-- Congress and senator -- thank you very much not let our guys it was also pretty good saying you're just not a great -- not a great -- -- request.
And congratulations again concentrated having.
Things -- aren't used to have a lot of history.