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Well I'm happy to ask the -- -- at the outset that we could have happened that we -- if you would do that I'd really appreciate.
And you have my word.
I won't watch but I can't.
-- I can't I would read every word of it tonight.
And I am hopeful my remarks will be persuasive when you watch the my friend is always persuasive.
And that is what we call fake nice an exchange on the senate floor yesterday between senator Ted Cruz.
And senate majority leader Harry Reid.
And through grinning teeth they call each -- my friend what they were talking about would be the procedural rules governing -- An emergency resolution keep the government funded will precede it.
What about that -- about.
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From politicians than almost any reporter I've ever had the good fortune to work where I guess the -- after the lower the time it goes way down and you like we are up here we are at the Russell Senate Office Building here in the rotunda.
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Why -- ten crews say.
That a vote for.
The house passed bill will be finding a bombing here.
He's a vote against the funding about.
Because it's going to be stripped of the defining language that the Republicans really want to they want to get rid of the health care law.
And as a special amendment that that we will introduce his majority leader that we'll take out the defining language.
So he is the authority as the majority leader to do.
Certain things including this -- -- -- lose a term for that's what we -- us amending the legislature just says she's mentally he can come right happy.
That's right -- -- -- now any controls most of amendments.
Well she is in charge and -- you can't just go ahead with the man and I have to be voted on.
United questionnaires comedy gold we'll -- now a lot amendments can require sixty votes in this instance because cloture rule ardidi approved.
That it will only require 51 votes that's why you have tank crews say.
Don't vote to move to -- bill because once you pass pass that threshold that test vote.
It will only take 51 votes were read to amend the bill in the way that we don't really like.
So if you're all confused.
That is by design -- -- want to confuse people are the last thing will blame the Republicans who don't vote to block the -- like.
Like Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn and many other income and the less so I understand that there were actually voting to move the bill that will not to fund health care law.
I was surprise us.
For want to see that Mitch McConnell came out and not only adopted this position.
-- saying that he would give closure to this and would move forward to give and that does.
To your point give Harry -- the opportunity to strip out this house bill.
Of course if you don't do it you could just be an impasse forever in the government shut down.
Well there's a problem because what they're worried about even more than defining health care -- is being blamed for government shutdown that the party of opposition is always blame.
And the last time they were really blame for government shutdown that they were big losses and now you see the people IE yes I did.
Well now it's it's this is all very it's it's this it's hard to know whether it's a -- -- -- -- she.
But that but the truth is that on this and right now people say if the government does and who do you blame and it's equally among both -- But but but.
Wait until there is an actual government -- those numbers tend to change if you look back in 1995 polling.
You really have to dig dig and dig but there's a very similar pattern and Republicans are well aware this now Mitch McConnell is up for election in 24.
Now that's what I wanna ask -- is what I wanna ask you.
So I expected and fearlessly prognosticate but what would happen would be six -- requisite six senate Republican.
Would go forward and some like Lisa Murkowski happily sign her nose -- -- -- would go vote for cloture and then they would.
Five others who don't want I did not expect to see the minority leader facing mad men who you met.
-- expect to see him come out and say I'm voting for cloture and I don't and I don't care who knows that I was surprised.
Right he voted on notice how he -- it said I am voting in favor of a bill that takes out funding for the -- realize he is betting on the inside of people -- seeing the bill and its its current form.
And that the commentary gibberish -- just confuse every time he doesn't.
Didn't even in the midst of looking at the same way no but he is envisioning McConnell -- -- -- a campaign that.
By Matt Bennett -- he was voting and one way one really was -- another.
And I'm envisioning a bunch of campaign n.'s Jim dement former senator -- -- while he may well run big political action committee.
-- -- pets and action Arnold we don't work so many of the other but I see the end of may come down and take time taken a couple of inches.
I'm -- McConnell tied down in Kentucky.
But I think.
But I don't think this is gonna hurt McConnell and yet I had -- and it is I don't think.
My eleven can beat him from and I don't think that's been taken down I don't constitution gave the Buckeyes into the bunker well it's that's right I think casting the candidate and I think that McConnell is making a calculated decision here.
Who along and he's got -- he's got all the other problems going along with him and in the minority.
I tank crews.
-- Mike Lee in a very very quiet Marco Rubio.
Quiet quiet he used to doing into the chamber to -- along with them you can barely hear Markham this.
Is it real tough -- -- from both sides and and it it really is it's I can see I could -- -- going either -- what I could not see McConnell doing.
Is getting out and chanting it with the way -- -- is doing.
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The president today.
Going with Bill Clinton who better to go with from President Obama with Bill Clinton who helped him during the election.
And did that and today they're gonna tried again and its six -- sales pitch to try to take his law over the finish off.
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OK so I want here's what I I -- to never column today because I just can't help myself.
I wrote a column today and I said this shut down thing.
We got closer to averting -- shut down.
With the decision by McConnell and company to say no.
-- -- we're not gonna we're not going to be holding the ball if if this government's gonna shut down and beat him the did Republicans in the house that do it not the Republicans in the senate.
As we get to implementation.
There was a brief hope that the Republicans would be the ones.
Who got pinned on Obama care basically that it was going to be like hey we didn't do -- you shut down the stupid government over the whole thing and no wonder it doesn't work.
But now you see the president going out today to -- he wouldn't be doing that if the law was in good shape right.
I agree with you on the there's a lot that goes with a huge -- -- -- in this little numbers don't lie.
You talked about Posner your segment that is exactly right and there's a lot of people who aren't sure what's and it a lot of people don't like -- and its face and it is a lot of selling to happen they're gonna pass Paul Bunyan.
Absolutely right water -- and that whatever you've gotten him.
But also I would remind everyone that.
When these things come down let's take Social Security for -- has always -- and looks to be.
It's too much and say that that's for sure they -- their congressman read in 1930 in the debate I -- -- back in on.
I know I -- wish that -- I'll he's had -- -- and and my grandfather said it would be if you're just you're remembered debut prison number tomorrow actually that was true.
But not in his case specific like.
But yet there was some its bulky and it's hard to explain to people he's done a horrible job.
Okay now that run -- you will agree with.
I don't -- what happened -- I think you're absolutely no I mean the president needs help and there's no question about it 53% of Americans -- our current review.
Don't like the way the president's been handling this issue so we Scully into some big guns going Clinton President Clinton and mrs.
Clinton more -- yeah.
Yeah he's known as the explainer in chief right and that's very clear.
But I don't think I think it's a little too little too late I don't think it's really -- fuel lines and get up and -- today maybe a little more tomorrow that.
You know this is -- this is the -- such a huge a law that's being implemented over time here.
People are scared about and I don't think president Clinton's gonna make everybody feel like everything's okay.
One of the problems one of the things that the red team has been talking a lot about -- you guys Wear the wrong color ties.
But that Ron's team has been talking about.
Has been the AFL CIO and other unions that say.
Hey you are undercutting this law undercuts one of the primary reasons that people want -- enjoying.
Trade unions because good health care coverage and this -- includes -- tax on what they called Cadillac.
Which it is and sounds like out.
Basically these are the kind of health care benefits that were part of the American dream for blue collar America for a long time would be this gold plated kinda good health care.
Stuff they're gonna take -- hid under the law is there a fix for unions in the offing somewhere.
I think we sent at your table many times and talked about compromise in the middle of the chamber of commerce who are not happy with -- highest -- -- organized labor just returned from their convention.
We're a lot of what was going out there was what kind of resolution come out of there.
When you have unions that are not happy the -- not happy there has to be a middle ground there.
And I don't know if the unions can get -- -- invested a lot of you can just got elected and he's a lot of explaining.
But if you Ron might make some mention if the president created another pause -- exception for a democratic allied group and its own law.
-- there's no question there you might imagine that yeah there's in my life I think Virginia cover up there there's an -- beat her up there.
You know I like the air early -- in the earpiece.
We'll hold -- let me let me talk okay this the small business part of it all right right now because small business in -- small business small businesses are taking a big hit.
They're deciding on whether or not.
Not to cut back hours and part time workers and they're they're hedging hiring that -- businesses under and I.
The reality check is that whether Democrats like this or not whether the Obama Democrats like this or not.
This is the moment of opportunity for American businesses who have been itching to do stuff with their health insurance policy or make changes and make reductions.
That's a free fire zone for the next several months to say what am I doing.
I -- dumping health insurance what am I doing I'm cutting back hours and do whatever and they can all say what's the health law but I think that.
And in terms of how people will react I think it's got something to do with actually putting people on health care I think as -- said he -- in the window and do something that I don't -- -- -- The people we're -- Okay yeah but I don't think -- -- in the small businesses or the businesses were voting for -- to begin with where I think there are a lot of people are getting health care who's gonna benefit from -- love.
Who -- going to be messaging to a move into the election.
How many people how many of the uninsured how many people that would be.
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Let's remember this is not a zero some end up.
We're no longer in a Cold War.
There's -- great game to be want.
Nor does America have any interest in Syria beyond the well being of its people the stability of its neighbors the elimination of chemical weapons.
And ensuring that it does not become a safe haven for terrorists.
And that was President Obama and remarks earlier today.
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Colonel Allen west.
Go through any bad -- so we did not ask him.
Should make -- -- over here in two officials space because one gets the sense that Allen -- former congressman from Florida.
Has been having a lot better time since you left these confounded.
So I colonel.
Are you doing Chris are you having more fun since you're not in congress.
Well look got faith that you continue to speak speak out for the American people -- continue to tell the truth.
Whether you're up there Capitol Hill would not put it's a nice day up for Watson -- -- and I was walking over is not nice -- -- -- the city humidity.
If you're good you're a good sport.
All right so here's the question.
The president today said there's -- great game -- anymore for the United States he gave them a lengthy speech at the United Nations.
That had a lot of different notes and it.
What was your take away.
Well this speech was very convoluted and very confusing.
But I honed in on this segment that you just play.
Because it is totally different -- what our call Ronald Reagan.
When he talked about how the U to five victory do you define the Cold War.
He basically say we win they lose so this is a zero sum game look.
When you take the field of football you play through over top someone's gonna win basketball you have overtime.
Baseball you have extra innings and even end president's favorite pastime golf.
You still have a sudden death playoff.
So this is more important than those games this is about.
The future of the of the United States of America our safety our security.
And I believe that what you saw today at the United Nations was a president that is struggling to deal with something that he really does not want to deal with.
And that's foreign policy international relations and national security.
And we were call last year the that the whole story was Osama bin Laden's dead al-Qaeda has been decimated their own to run.
And look what just happened this past weekend with the house of Bob.
And if if this is true about two to three Americans being engaged in this.
In this once again reiterates we have a domestic Islamic terrorist problem here in the United States of America.
And that's the same nothing other -- we've been talking about here.
This genocide -- attack on Christians leaving their house of worship in Pakistan over the weekend dozens killed there.
So big the game is definitely seems to be on from the perspective of Islamist militants.
-- question now for the president.
In this Syria situation has proven very difficult because the group that the United States is putative -- backing in that country's civil war is affiliate.
It with al-Qaeda.
Yes you're absolutely right and again here is the hypocrisy of what the president talked about.
You know we went -- to -- when there were less threats of casualties -- civilian casualties we went into Libya and the president did not seek congressional approval.
But now the -- when you get past the 100000 casualties you have chemical weapons being used all of a sudden there's this righteous indignation that we must do something.
Well the window of opportunity pretty much closed two years ago because now if you intervene in Syria.
Against was shot all of -- basically you're saying is that your support to al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda militants -- be -- supportive but Turkey Saudi Arabia in color.
So when the president talked about pivoting away from the Middle East this is exactly what you got and now he's tried to come back and you know put together some very disjointed.
-- policy in the Middle East.
And embracing Iran is not the right thing to do it because I don't -- now.
Yeah well a go go ahead go ahead you were over there.
Yeah I was over there in Iraq and Afghanistan Iraq and tell you.
That Iran is you know supplying the weapons and arms -- of these explosive force penetrated that a whole graphically wounding and killing.
Our men and women over there in those respective combat zones.
But the president hadn't done one simple thing -- -- Chris and that was maintain a strategic vision.
Of leaving a residual force in Iraq which is what the -- on the ground that's for.
I think that you would not have some of these contentious issues that we have there in the Middle East and -- the more.
You know embrace in the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt that really was another foreign policy faux -- So -- take away on their efforts for diplomacy with Iran.
Israel has has been critical.
We've we -- hearing from Rudy Giuliani and other Republicans today who say this is a bad gambit.
Engaging with Iran for the first face to face.
Discussion between our two foreign ministers since 1979.
All of this stuff they say this is the wrong time to be encouraging Iraq.
-- you're absolutely right because the most important thing.
Are we operating from a position -- moral high ground and I will tell you that we are not.
We're operated from a position of weakness and that from that position you're not going to be able to garner any type of concessions.
You're not going to -- garner any type of upper hand.
-- what is going to happen is that Iran is going to play this in the Middle East to say once again.
You know we have taken the -- -- -- we have -- them brought them down to their knees and that really has to cause a lot of consternation.
For prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Who finds themselves surrounded they've got Hamas they've got Hezbollah they've got the Muslim Brotherhood.
And who knows what the situation will end up being in Syria.
Colonel Allen west you love America wherever you are online in the bureau in the Russell rotunda you don't care.
Not this is a great country.
-- -- I think I am so thankful for what is done for me.
Amen amen to that thank you colonel for making time for us today have a great actress appreciate seeing you again next time.
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Okay but have idea about Adam Housley is stepping to the plate -- -- if you will to fill in for him you will enjoy that.
-- -- well and how about this as we'd like to do every day.
Wherever we are a work from our friend -- He knows it's not gonna succeed because there's no way a well at least they.
Idea of stripping out Obama care but this is -- issue that reminds me a bit about the filibuster that was conduct about Rand Paul.
-- but brilliant piece of political theater.
I didn't change anything but it was.
Well done and it was an expected to -- put him on the scene and looked a dramatic it had.
Shades of the Jimmy Stewart do it and and then he became a contender overnight so this makes it -- a contender overnight.