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Fox News political analyst -- -- mr.
-- do you agree with me that many good people simply are gonna run for public office.
Well I think that's right I think it's more the rough and tumble of politics than it is a fear of having something.
You know in their backgrounds.
Display but look in this instance so -- Schwarzenegger.
I guess the moral stories if you fathered a child -- -- wedlock.
By having an affair with a made in your own home under your spouses knows maybe you shouldn't think about running for governor of California.
I mean the the arrogance.
Schwarzenegger and you know the recklessness I -- he ran for governor of California knowing.
That this had occurred ended it could have been uncovered I'm shocked frankly that the very highly skilled California democratic political operatives had not uncovered this.
Back when he first ran for governor.
So you're saying though look let's take Thomas Jefferson for example -- mean Thomas Jefferson.
Arguably the most influential man in the nation's history.
The constitution and in other documents.
You know it looks like that he had an affair he wasn't married at the time -- these slave which he had power over the warm and had a woman had to do what he said.
And and -- I'll submit to you that almost all of our politicians John F.
Kennedy is a great example.
Maria Shriver his grandfather.
And can you just look.
Well look at it when we even the first full of Jefferson author of the declaration it was James Madison -- -- the constitution which Jefferson contributed mightily to -- -- as you know if you read their letters back and forth to Madison's.
Crappy image -- he's he's impair.
He's he's in Paris at that time so it means a little bit out of the action but but I get your point that he was one of the founding fathers.
But I think it's it's we -- to be careful about taking the standards and the reality of today and applying it to the past perhaps people.
Good felt they could get away with things went to win it was so when the country had.
And much more diffuse media and didn't get exactly my point you're you're -- right but even then but even then that even -- -- the editor of the Richmond enquirer.
And in man whom Jefferson himself -- hired me Caldwell there.
Wrote about Jefferson fathering a child out of wedlock with a slave so.
It was enabled at the padres' it wasn't able to penetrate.
The you know the the country as it is now look.
The danger with this Internet business and you know as well as I do every all of us in the public -- -- Is that if these people want to destroy you they're gonna do say anything about you all right anything at all and -- a matter you can't do anything -- -- in the public domain about it.
But we're not where I went away when I get -- and so you get it and so -- every body.
That may have.
A desire to run for office so -- a kid made a mistake.
In college or they had some kind of relationship didn't work out they have enemies that are looking to get them because these people pay for stores they buy stores.
That you don't know it.
I get -- but but I had -- I think I guess where I disagree as I have faith of the American people are fair.
For example we elected -- president in 2000 who admitted.
To thirty years before nearly thirty years before he'd had a deal why the American people are feeling wise if you consider all the that's a little figures say all the -- one in the world.
-- which you know there's a big difference beat Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Edwards bulls ran for president knowing that they had acted inappropriately in -- way that the majority in America.
Absolutely look I was a self destructive man on the outside and and Schwarzenegger you -- say he ran for governor about president.
Look their self destructive men and we're not making excuses for these guys that's off the chart and and you can't do that.
But I I really worried in this really concerns me when I look at the field a presidential contenders and people stepping up to run for congress.
I know there are good people who have made mistakes in their past simply not gonna do because they don't want their kids.
To be you know readable -- she stuff about their dad or mom on the Internet it's awful.
Any any book just going to these web -- and read this crap go to the Daily Kos.
-- and needless garbage it'll look look at it look.
I I have a personal familiarity with what you're talking about but I again -- I repeat I and I don't disagree with your fundamental assumption.
That's some good people are gonna be discouraged -- -- rough and tumble politics.
But some of the some of -- lesson out of this is if you've -- really bad things for which you there are in from for which you've not paid you'll pay if you run.
But I have ultimate confidence -- the American people that they are able to do it to pick the difference between some of the good stuff and some of the bad stuff -- sunglasses and -- the -- but even there.
But but we better we better we better get used to it though because as you say there's no solution to -- either people love their country enough.
That they're willing to enter the political life of our country to be what theater Roosevelt called.
-- and you know -- to choice filter into your stroke you know with the choice often comes down to would you love your country love you case.
Okay that's what it comes down to look at -- look at these kids before kids that Schwarzenegger Maria Shriver had look what they have to go through now for the rest of their life.
I mean -- -- your you know what their father should not -- -- -- partnership not very not a militant -- -- Linda -- everybody should not have done that's for.
But but I've got to tell you how got a song for her because of this celebration of it.
On the net it's -- The respect.
And with all due respect I don't need to be lectured about the impact -- on a family of of stuff that flows out on the Internet on -- is this is America as we find it.
People that do have confidence the American people don't differentiate between.
The trash and the reality and they are fair minded people and that's what we got to hang our hat on the we've had this stuff throughout history right we don't didn't have FaceBook we didn't have.
The Internet we didn't have the web.
But we had nonetheless the most scurrilous things said in print and -- names attached to it throughout the history -- our country about people as diverse as Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson.
And we needed just simply push on through died -- throw well said thanks for the debate we appreciate it.
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