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Tea Party activists -- not the only ones fired up South Carolina lieutenant governor Andre Bauer announcing he is calling for -- constitutional convention.
Why let's ask him lieutenant governor -- joins us live Canadian -- Good evening.
Sir how -- we -- I do.
Do -- I'm sorry.
I -- here Khyber Pass did you convention so what tell me why and how you doing that.
Well we the people I've talked to in South Carolina feel like the administration's running roughshod over individual rights and personal liberties that Americans have come to expect.
And we -- back quite frankly.
In terms of higher going about doing this what steps to be taken.
Well I've actually been calling legislators throughout the country -- several lieutenant governors and a mail letters out to the vast majority of legislatures.
Throughout the United States asking him to join us it would take 34 states to actually had a constitutional convention.
The 38 states to ratify it if we move in that move forward -- -- Has any state -- -- lieutenant governor or governor and attorney general said luck yes sign me up.
Actually talked to David Dewhurst in Texas yesterday he was excited about it talk to Peter -- two days ago that Missouri he was excited about it.
So more people I talked to -- it.
They are gonna go and talk to their legislature as well also we are moving forward we only started work on this in the last week.
Legislative councilor -- start drafting of the conviction.
And so were moving forward with this in the moment and is growing.
What is still likelihood that you get your State's legislature to go along with us.
I think people know in South Carolina we're extremely conservative.
And we realize that we now watch what the federal government is done and -- moved towards socialism and people are scared they don't warn it.
We know that only 20% of the entire country wants it.
The so I feel very confident it'll pass in South Carolina and many other states as well.
Right but -- what you're not -- that's quite an uphill battle to get all those states to go along with them.
Well all those states we actually need 34 Greta but more than eight and -- -- this is an up and -- -- fighting for.
-- -- -- -- -- -- I -- I understand I understand your passion for but dated and did not agree at 34 states is all awful lot of states to try to collect.
Sure it is but this is a battle that I -- or give up on this battle what we're losers won six of the economy was socialize last week.
Mean this is a battle I can't think -- -- battle more important than stopping what's happening in Washington right now.
What's your reaction to the lawsuits filed in Florida for a number of attorney generals who around the country I think thirteen to join in this lawsuit.
Do you think that -- to -- any merit at all.
Actually even my State's attorney general is is join in the fight not committed in -- but I'm told by most.
Constitutional scholars that this in fact will not work this will not be able to stop what happen.
Last week and I'm told this is the only way -- we can prevent this from moving forward.
What is the reaction here governor governor Sanford to this.
Actually haven't had the opportunity to speak -- to get right but as you know I'm actually Tennessee tonight visiting someone in the hospital but I hope to -- to the governor next week.
Has a governor said in recent days whether that was -- encouraging TO RC.
I mean it is no secret they said the rather rough to put -- politely last year.
Is he says he still an active governor and being very involved in decisions or -- he turned some of that over TO.
No I think everybody knows our governor is adamantly opposed to the growth of the federal government and I think he'll be joined.
-- taking on this fight he actually sometime back was still fighting this battle of trying to reduce the overwhelming reach of the federal government so this is one more fight I think you'll be.
Right they're fighting it as hard -- -- cancel his last day is an office.
-- to get this started out my understanding -- letter to the tear assembly is that correct -- legislature that is correct.
-- what do you send that letter out.
That letter was sent out on Friday.
Now in the letter that we talk about -- -- the lawsuit to to a just spoke about a minute ago and you that you see you say in the -- don't think the lawsuits to be successful you talk about repeal and it's and you call you say well it's noble what you say about the possibility or likelihood that the statue will be repealed.
Instead of going the -- that you're suggesting.
How will I have talked to several of -- we have legal counsel -- on a map called attractive.
To get a better understanding.
If we can move forward the lawsuits and I'm told that they will not work.
And then this is -- only possibility of stopping this actually head of the bill drafted -- a half and the Senate.
In South Carolina -- I've got legislate source in both sides.
Both chambers willing to take on this battle but I again I'm told from a legal standpoint it was very difficult to have any any positive results from that.
Is your objection of the health care bill a political philosophical one in terms of the role of the federal government involved in states.
Or is it one in terms of what kind of Kosovo impose on people of South Carolina whether -- be effective in achieving the goal that set out for.
It's both -- Number one the federal government should be involved in health care in the first place number two -- a free market individual I don't think the government.
Ought to be involved in this it shouldn't be mandating who has health coverage.
We away overstepping what our founding fathers ever dreamed up and what we're doing is discouraging innovation and anybody from opening.
A new business just today -- people say.
I pay for my own company's health care and -- would be penalized for doing so this is discouraging anybody from warning to grow or open a business.
If there weren't constitutional convention if you could gather all those state legislatures -- and copper constitutional convention.
What would you envision it as -- where would it be how would it unfold.
Battle I would rather not have -- in Washington quite frankly because Washington is -- already but what it would be is it would be.
Chosen each state legislature would choose they would choose individuals they again -- against this health care bill which is the vast majority.
They would meet in in -- setting and come together.
And this would be limited purpose convention for solely doing away with the health care bill that was passed last week.
But AIC inching passive but at black -- I think you get an uphill battle trying to find.
-- a year in -- -- -- better shouted dead if you want it.
Get the health care bill front -- a better shot in court but -- who can predict anybody.
-- -- got some attraction Texas and you've still got to move your own state so of course we watch it very carefully.
Thank you adapt our we're used to tough battles thank you think I admit I know you are and that we'll be watching all the way thank you good thank you -- -- --
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