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Doing a little introductions here so I'm not sure you heard that but I was mentioning to our to our folks here that you're.
A yacht in the -- you've served as a three star admirable that admiral excuse me he president Clinton's administration.
What does the defense director of defense policy on the National Security Council and -- commander the George Washington aircraft bound for a unbelievable.
Well I left the navy out now that the next best job that he can't be in the navy and.
-- what on -- -- you wanna be a senator from the state of Pennsylvania.
Well I I wrote it makes when I was in the navy.
I had a personal challenge I couldn't get anybody to marry me that I get married at 47 -- -- -- high standard lines like did get Marietta four year old daughter my only child she was struck with a malignant brain tumor became -- Senator Kennedy.
He -- years -- now going on 22 is quite got into politics for the treatment I would.
It's payback I actually in the -- proponent and -- disgusted -- the health care bill I want to help subcommittee.
Okay subcommittees for that but now -- running for US senate and I'm running quite frankly because I feel like many.
And I think Massachusetts is spoke loudly about it we voted for a change that was just change in policy was changing politics.
And my belief is that.
As Democrats with the euphoria initially thought that within sixty -- -- -- respect to changing parties and basically running away from a fight with pat Toomey.
But now we had it now now that's when we'll start going off the track.
Pennsylvanians didn't want.
Deal making and we -- the -- eighteen that bill.
Explaining it to the public rather than being in an echo chamber so basically I'm in exchange policies back towards working family which has frankly.
Feel George Bush didn't have to focus on -- Arlen Specter.
But second more than anything to restore.
And enhance accountability -- principal actually matters more than politics and that's why I'm running.
Okay well why it why do you believe that you not Arlen Specter should be the democratic nominee.
Clinton and I believe it's for the two primary reasons pushed off.
This is an individual who -- -- in Washington a long time and he basically has supported.
Policies that haven't -- the working family the deregulation.
Of Wall Street.
Where he actually -- to permit AIG.
Lehman Brothers to gamble you know -- -- and I am I was -- opposed to that he voted for tax policies were 53 cents of every dollar.
Went to be.
Top 1% with 34% of the -- attention recently as we get a half ago he came out in support of a flat tax.
I think he's actually just a Republican and.
Conservative in sheep's clothing now.
But to be fair I added it's unfair to place the blame solely on on Wall Street for the financial problems we're having me congress failed to take steps to rein in Fannie and Freddie.
Republicans failed to take those steps Democrats to -- to take the steps and then large part contributed to the economic collapse last year.
Well what I honestly do believe is that when we back in that win the congress.
Tore down the -- between consumer banks and investment companies that have been enacted after the depression with the Glass-Steagall act.
And then the -- -- Leach Bliley act towards now.
It's respectively before.
That's because whoever wrote down towards disaster with a commodity futures modernization act which -- -- -- derivatives and credit swaps.
Whereas passed by the Senate by unanimous consent and I great -- -- -- That was supportive of this that then let us.
Who broke all the sudden permit gambling to be done by Wall Street will come out about big government and that's markets -- not gambling with all this is why do you believe without those two I don't think would have ended up we we did a.
-- -- let me just just go back to something and and I don't want it get everybody's eyes to glaze over talking about Glass-Steagall and all of that but.
To be fair Fannie and Freddie.
Ran a month.
And congress failed to do anything about it what about that specific.
I agree the candidates chose not to take a couple of very comprehensive Fannie Freddie reform bill under President Bush.
Because President Bush issued -- statement opponent seemed bill and that would have set up capital requirements could actually empower the regulators Leo right.
I agree I think that need to reform and that's why -- -- -- -- phones that there is this better.
The Democrat and Republican I was opposed to -- -- We he reached reviews in the way he almost sixty it is important special interest of good week they -- -- to get his vote for the bill.
So I'm not just senator Arlen Specter this generation down in Washington DC.
That's to have -- 31 -- the military coming down here.
I'm just tired intensity -- our politics always prevailing over policy there was special interest at undue influence -- I think.
I can you actually do you know and and I hate the word change because of so played out over the election but what can you do to make things different in Washington a lot of -- folks here.
Our our our very sophisticated consumers of news and politics and and it often believe -- what a politician actually they don't believe it frankly when a politician says that he's gonna make things -- little different when he shows up from.
Well let me just I've always been.
-- a public servant and an outside the military for three years but in my district we keep our office open seven days a week.
I'm just small example.
We can't afford -- the constituency cases.
Of the average congressional office in my district two to 5% Republican 33% Democrats.
And I only had to put money in the yard signs on my second election.
Because people who -- there for them number two.
I mean the first money and optimism in twelve years in the federal government because you well know that one -- -- twenty use point today is autistic it's an epidemic.
I only get those examples that things can be done even by a freshman legislator now I back away and I say.
-- you were just talking about the job still.
I would be in this -- right now demanding that -- be a small business tax credit.
For small businesses because economic institute has that.
That if we gave that 15% tax credit for each payroll jobs created we would create five million jobs about two and a half months that you know that we have to soak up eleven million jobs including those were graduating.
From high school college -- wouldn't get back to 2007 unemployment rate.
I would be and that's on that senate side with this miniscule build capacity and the so inadequate.
That I would be -- saying let's let's guarantee up to 90%.
Community banks -- want small business loans to minimize the risk to get credit flowing again -- Mom vice chairman small business committee.
On the house side -- these proposals that I believe.
They then -- to truly understand that in the last recession when we came out -- -- in 2000 to 2001 recession small businesses -- -- a lot of people.
And -- -- 80% of all.
All unemployed let's go back to where business is a good word.
I'm -- -- small minded and get the tax -- where it really matters.
What's the outlook to have to leave it there but television -- folks now that the primary -- -- -- -- that baby -- and you're running against our -- inspector your democratic congressman.
There in Pennsylvania man what an incredible right.
Happened and -- but it's -- to get your daughter is doing well my my father at that same type of brain cancer -- and did not end as well.
-- your daughter's situation it's like I can only imagine how difficult that has -- for your family so well.
Thank you thanks for the interview thank you were as good as they can I do agree that any network he's kind but the fact is you can't get rid of -- -- I agree but I think it immediately change in politics I'm most concerned -- it's not the just the policy I think America is people lost trust my captain of the ship -- -- -- less trusting do you think you had nothing.
And that's what I -- wanna change.
The key is the lack of trust and that -- to me is what's so dismal today.
All right so we'll keep us posted as to how things are going in the -- -- -- best of luck to you thank you think you.
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