August 12, 2013 - Sheldon Whitehouse

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The Today Show features twerking, Senator Rush Holt champions public education, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse chats about his book, "On Virtues."

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: WHOO!

WHOO!

(AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN")

WELCOME TO THE "REPORT,"

EVERYBODY, GOOD TO HAVE YOU WITH

US.

THANKS SO MUCH.

FOLKS, LIKE MOST AMERICANS OUT

THERE I LOVE WAKING UP TO MY

PALS OVER AT THE "TODAY" SHOW.

I WATCH ALL NINE HOURS EVERY

MORNING.

(LAUGHTER)

IT'S MY ONE STOP SHOP FOR NEWS,

SPORTS, WEATHER AND WHO'S

SHARTING IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

(LAUGHTER)

WELL, ON FRIDAY "TODAY" HAD MY

FAVORITE RAPPER, FLO-RIDA.

THE LAST BLACK MAN WILLING TO BE

ASSOCIATED WITH THE STATE OF

FLORIDA.

(LAUGHTER)

FAR AND AWAY MR. RIDA IS THE

BEST STATE-NAMED BASED RAPPER

OUT THERE.

EVEN BETTER THAN I SDA HO.

(LAUGHTER)

ILLIN' NOISE AND, ORTHODOX

JEWISH HIP-HOP ARTIST ARI ZONA.

(LAUGHTER)

HOLLA!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

AND I APPLAUD THE VENERABLE

INSTITUTION THAT IS "TODAY" FOR

GIVING MR. RIDA A FORUM FOR

DISCUSSING HIS LOVE OF BIG,

JUICY BUTTS.

♪ I WANNA SEE THAT BUTT

♪ TURN LEFT, TURN RIGHT

♪ TURN AROUND, YOU CAN TELL WHAT

I LIKE ♪

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: NOW, THAT MAY SEEM

LIKE A LARGE SERVING OF BUTT FOR

BREAKFAST--

(LAUGHTER)

-- BUT REMEMBER "TODAY" WAITED

UNTIL 8:47 A.M.

THAT'S JUST JOURNALISM 10 1.

6:00 A.M., HARD NEWS; 7:00 A.M.

HUMAN INTEREST PIECES; 8:30

JACKHAMMERING BADONKADONK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

PLUS, AS YOU KNOW

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

PLUS, DID YOU KNOW THAT THIS ODE

TO HIS INCURABLE SICKNESS FOR

THE THICKNESS --

(LAUGHTER)

-- WAS INSPIRED BY OUR LORD.

>>

>> WELL, I HAVE TO ASK THE FIRST

QUESTION.

TELL ME ABOUT THE JESUS PIECE, I

CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF IT.

>> IT'S A SIGN OF SUCCESS.

I PUT GOD FIRST WITH EVERYTHING.

>> Stephen: FLO-RIDA PUTS GOD

FIRST IN EVERYTHING.

HE ONLY WROTE "BUBBLE YUM BUM"

BECAUSE JESUS WAS A BOOTY FAN.

AFTER ALL, HE DID SAY "TURN THE

OTHER CHEEK."

PROBABLY SO HE COULD WATCH THE

LADIES TWERK IT!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

SO THANK YOU, FLO-RIDA AND THANK

YOU, "TODAY" SHOW BECAUSE I HAD

MY MORNING TOAST ALREADY AND YOU

KNEW I WAS

(LAUGHTER)

NOW I AM BECOME DEATH.

(LAUGHTER)

DESTROYER OF WORLDS.

(LAUGHTER)

OH, HI THERE!

I WAS JUST PUTTING THE FINISHING

TOUCHES ON THPL.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I TOLD MY NEIGHBOR TO STOP TRIM

MIG SIDE OF THE HEDGES OR HE

WOULD REGRET IT.

NOW, THIS LITTLE PUPPY DOWN HERE

WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLY WITHOUT J.

ROBERT OPPENHEIMER OFTEN CALLED

THE FATHER OF THE ATOMIC BOMB--

LEADING TO DEEP INSECURITYS FOR

HIS SON JEFFREY WHO JUST NEVER

MANAGED TO BLOW UP HIROSHIMA.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

NOW, OPPENHEIMER LIVED IN

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, WHICH IS

LOCATED IN THE SUBJECT OF THE

72nd INSTALLMENT OF MY 434-PART

SERIES "BETTER KNOW A DISTRICT."

TONIGHT, NEW JERSEY'S 12th, THE

FIGHTING 12th!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THANK YOU.

OTHER NOTABLE PRINCETONIANS

INCLUDE JAMES MADISON, JIMMY

STEWART, MICHELLE OBAMA AND,

FROM 1933 TO 18955 PRINCETON

HELD THE HONOR OF BEING THE ONLY

TOWN IN AMERICA WHERE YOU COULD

SAY "WAY TO GO, EINSTEIN" AND

HAVE AN OLD MAN SAY "DANG A

SHANE."

(LAUGHTER)

NOW, THE 12th IS ALSO HOME TO

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN

SCALIA, MEANING THAT CLARENCE

THOMAS INSISTS HE'S FROM THERE,

TOO.

IF YOU'RE IN THE 12th DON'T MISS

A NIGHT OUT WITH THE MINOR

LEAGUE TRENTON THUNDER.

THEY'RE ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING

NEW LIKE THE APRIL 30 ORGAN

DONATION AWARENESS NIGHT WHICH,

COINCIDENTALLY, WAS ALSO DOLLAR

HOT DOG NIGHT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

AND WHO HAS THE JERSEY BOYS TO

REPRESENT SUCH DISTRICTS?

WHY, NONE OTHER THAN DEMOCRATIC

CONGRESSMAN AND PHYSICIST RUSH

HOLT.

I SAT DOWN WITH REPRESENTATIVE

HOLT IN CHAIRS.

CONGRESSMAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR TALKING TO ME TODAY.

>> GOOD TO BE WITH YOU, STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: TELL ME ABOUT THE

FIGHTING 12th.

>> IT HAS ETHNICITIES MORE

DIVERSE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE.

YOU GO INTO A PUBLIC SCHOOL IN

ANYWHERE IN THAT PART OF THE

STATE AND YOU'LL FIND MAYBE 25

DIFFERENT LANGUAGES SPOKEN AT

HOME.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE THE

CONGRESSMAN FOR NEW JERSEY'S

12th BUT YOU ARE RUNNING TO BE

THE NEW SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A SENATOR,

THOUGH?

AFTER YEARS OF BEING IN A

DO-NOTHING CONGRESS DO YOU WANT

TO JOIN A DO-NOTHING SENATE?

>> I WANT TO MAKE THEM A

DO-SOMETHING SENATE.

I WANT TO GET THERE WITH

ELIZABETH WARREN.

>> Stephen: EVERYBODY WANTS TO

GET THERE WITH ELIZABETH WARREN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT

KIDS GET THE HEALTH THEY NEED TO

GET TO COLLEGE.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE RUNNING

AGAINST NEWARK MAYOR COREY

BOOKER.

>> OR HE'S RUNNING AGAINST ME.

>> Stephen: IF CORY BOOKER IS

ELECT HEAD WOULD BE THE FIRST

BLACK SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY.

TELL THE PEOPLE OF NEW JERSEY

RIGHT NOW WHY YOU THINK IT'S A

BAD IDEA TO ELECT THE FIRST

BLACK SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY.

(LAUGHTER)

WHY IS THAT SO IMPORTANT TO YOU

TO STOP THAT?

>> YOU KNOW, RACE IS SOMETHING

THAT IS LOSING ITS MEANING.

WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT MOST

PEOPLE IN AMERICA ARE OF MIXED

HERITAGE --.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

YOU WERE ON "JEOPARDY" -- LET ME

REPHRASE THAT.

THIS MAN HAS FIVE WINS ON

"JEOPARDY" AND EVEN BEAT THE

I.B.M. SUPERCOMPUTER WATTSON.

>> WHO IS RUSH HOLT?

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHAT WE'RE

TRYING TO FIND OUT.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW, HOW CAN YOUR

CONSTITUENTS KNOW?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I FOLLOW THE FACTS WHEREVER

THEY LEAD AND DEVELOP -- DEVELOP

POLICIES.

AND PUT THOSE OUT CLEARLY AND I

THINK COURAGEOUSLY.

>> Stephen: YOU FIND YOURSELF

COURAGEOUS?

>> YOU LISTEN --.

>> Stephen: WHERE DO YOU FIND

COURAGE TO FIND YOURSELF

COURAGES YOU?

>> I SAID ONE SHOULD FOLLOW THE

FACTS AND PRESENT THEM CLEARLY

AND COURAGEOUSLY.

>> Stephen: COURAGEOUSLY.

OKAY.

EDUCATION, BIG ISSUE FOR YOU.

>> THAT IS PROBABLY AS MUCH AS

ANYTHING-- MAYBE MORE THAN

ANYTHING-- WHAT HAS MADE THIS

COUNTRY GREAT.

IT HAS BEEN OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION

SYSTEM.

>> Stephen: ISN'T THERE A LOT OF

WASTE IN EDUCATION?

WE HAVE BIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY.

DO WE NEED EVERY "OLOGY"?

(LAUGHTER)

>> YOU KNOW, WE SHOULD TEACH

EVERY SCIENCE TO EVERY STUDENT

EVERY YEAR ALL THE WAY THROUGH

SCHOOL.

>> Stephen: ASTROLOGY?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I SAID SCIENCE.

THAT'S ASTRONOMY.

>> Stephen: ASTROLOGY IS MORE OF

AN A SCIENCE BECAUSE IT HAS THE

"OLOGY" IN THERE.

>> WE SHOULD TEACH THEM EVERY

YEAR.

NOT JUST TENTH GRADE FOR BIOLOGY

11th GRADE FOR CHEMISTRY --.

>> Stephen: 12th GRADE FOR

ATROLG.

SOME PEOPLE DO BETTER WITH

ARIES, A TAURUS DOES BETTER THAN

W ASTROLOGY.

THE

(APPLAUSE)

>> YOU KNOW, I --

(LAUGHTER)

WHERE WERE YOU GOING WITH THIS?

>> Stephen: WHAT'S YOUR

BIRTHDAY?

I'LL DO YOUR CHART.

>> YOU DO THAT?

>> Stephen: I DABBLE.

>> HAVE YOU EVER FOUND IT TO

WORK?

>> Stephen: YES!

VERY OFTEN INITIATING

CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS LEADS

TO GREATER UNDERSTANDING AND

CONTENTMENT IN THE WORKPLACE.

WHAT'S YOUR BIRTH DAY?

>> OCTOBER 15.

>> Stephen: OH, YOU'RE A LIBRA!

THIS IS ALL MAKING SENSE TO ME

NOW.

LIBRA.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

CONSERVATIVE VOTERS GAVE YOU

100% RATING.

>> THE LEAD OF CONSERVATION

VOTERS.

>> Stephen: CONSERVATION VOTERS?

MY APOLOGIES.

THAT IS DISAPPOINTING.

>> WELL, WE SEE WHAT WE LIKE

SOMETIMES.

>> Stephen: SO AS A TREE-HUGGER,

DO YOU EVER GO ANY FURTHER WITH

THE TREE THAN HUGING?

UNDER THE TRUNK ACTION?

>> UM -- I -- I'M NOT SURE WHERE

YOU'RE GOING.

>> Stephen: ME EITHER.

I'D LIKE TO FIND OUT.

YOU WORKED ON LEGISLATION TO

PRESERVE THE OCEAN, AMONG OTHER

THINGS, TRUE?

>> TRUE.

>> Stephen: WHY ARE YOU AIDING

THE ENEMY?

>> THE OCEAN IS OUR FRIEND.

>> Stephen: HAVE YOU SEEN THE

MOVIE "SHARKNADO"?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

TORNADOS MADE OF SHARKS.

>> MADE OF SHARKS.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT

TO PROTECT.

>> I THINK "SHARKNADOS" DON'T

EXIST.

>> Stephen: THE ONLY WAY TO

FIGHT THEM TO THROW BOMBS INTO

THE TORNADO AND OF COURSE BOMBS

DISRUPT TORNADOS.

>> WELL, EVEN TORNADOS RESULT

FROM THE CHANGES IN THE CLIMATE.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU CONSIDER

LEGISLATION TO FIGHT FUTURE

SHARKNADOS?

>> I THINK THERE ARE MANY

IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WE NEED TO

DEAL WITH AND THAT ARE PROBABLY

MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT.

>> Stephen: SUCH A LIBRA THING

TO SAY.

(LAUGHTER)

MOVING ON.

YOU'RE AGAINST THINGS THAT FLY

OVER AMERICA.

YOU'RE SUCH A BIG SCIENCE

EGGHEAD HOW COME YOU DON'T LIKE

THE DRONE PROGRAM?

DRONES ARE THE FUTURE?

>> THE IDEA OF USING ARMED

DRONES TO KILL PEOPLE WITHOUT

DUE PROCESS --.

>> Stephen: THERE IS DUE

PROCESS.

THE PROCESS IS THAT WE DO IT.

>> INNOCENT CIVILIANS ARE

OBLITERATED WHEN SOMETHING COMES

OUT OF THE BLUE.

>> Stephen: I'M NOT PRO-CIVILIAN

OBLITERATION, I WANT TO BE ON

RECORD.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THEN WE SHOULD STOP.

>> Stephen: IT TAKES A

TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF COURAGE FOR

ME TO SAY THAT.

(LAUGHTER)

I'M SURE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND.

YOU ARE THE ONLY QUAKER IN

CONGRESS.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: QUAKER IS A PACIFIST

RELIGION.

>> IT'S ANTI-WAR.

QUAKERS ARE PROUD OF LOOKING FOR

ALTERNATIVES TO WAR.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU ENGAGE ME

A THUMB WAR?

LET'S DO IT.

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR -- WAIT,

NO, THAT'S CHEATING.

>> (LAUGHS)

>> Stephen: YOU JUST -- FIRST

FIRST STRIKING ABILITY,

SOMETHING THE UNITED STATES HAS

PROMISED TO NEVER DO.

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, I DECLARE

A THUMB WAR.

(AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN")

GOOD LUCK ON TUESDAY, THE STARS

SAY IT'S VERY FAVORABLE.

>> THANK YOU, STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: LET'S PUT NEW

JERSEY'S 12th UP ON THE BIG

BOARD!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

LOOKS LIKE SOMEBODY IN PRINCETON

JUST FAILED THEIR NUCLEAR

PHYSICS MIDTERMS.

DON'T FORGET, NEW JERSEY, THE

PRIMARY IS TOMORROW.

GO VOTE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: HEY, WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY!

FOLKS IT'S VACATION SEASON AND I

HATE TO ADMIT THIS BUT I HATE

WHEN T WAY AMERICANS ARE

PERCEIVED WHEN VISITING THE OLD

COUNTRY.

I WANT THOSE FILTHY GARLIC

EATERS TO LIKE US.

(LAUGHTER)

NATURALLY, I WAS UPSET TO LEARN

THAT ITALIANS WERE THROWING A

HISSSY FIT ABOUT AN INNOCENT

MISTAKE AT ONE OF THEIR MUSEUMS.

>> AS IF AMERICAN TOURISTS

DIDN'T HAVE A BAD REPUTATION

ALREADY, NOW THERE IS THIS.

A MISSOURI MAN TRAVELING IN

ITALY ACCIDENTALLY SNAPPED THE

FINGER OFF A 600-YEAR-OLD

STATUE.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

AN AMERICAN TOURIST IN HOT

WATER.

THEY'RE KNOCKING A FINGER OFF A

600-YEAR-OLD STATUE AT A MUSEUM

IN FLORENCE.

>> PART OF THE STORY IS IS TO

REPAIR THE DAMAGED FINGER.

>> Stephen: ITALY, IF YOUR

RESTORERS NEED A MODEL FOR THAT

FINGER, I GOT ONE RIGHT HERE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WHO CARES IF A 600-YEAR-OLD

STATUE'S FINGER SNAPPED OFF?

JUST REPLACE IT WITH ONE OF

ITALY'S FAMED UNLIMITED BREAD

STICKS.

(LAUGHTER)

OR HAVE WE FORGOTTEN

HOSPITALIANO?

(LAUGHTER)

FOLKS, IF ANYONE IS TO BLAME FOR

THIS IT IS THE STAT STAT STAT,

FOR ONE THING, WHAT IS AN OPERA

MUSEUM DOING WITH STATUES?

EVERYONE IS CALLING THIS A

PRICELESS ART WORK, SO WHAT'S

THE BIG DEAL?

IF IT'S TREE, JUST GET ANOTHER

ONE.

(LAUGHTER)

NATURALLY THE MUSEUM'S DIRECTOR

BLAMES THE TOURIST SAYING "IN A

GLOBALIZED ECONOMY --"

(LAUGHTER)

HAITI MAMA!

NORMALLY, YOU DON'T TOUCH THE

WORKS BUT LOOK AT THE STATUE.

THE GUY'S BEEN WAITING FOR A

HIGH FIVE SINCE THE 1400s!

YOU CANNOT LEAVE A BRO HANGING!

BESIDES, THE AMERICAN TOURIST

HAD A PERFECTLY GOOD

EXPLANATION.

>> ACCORDING TO REPORT, THE MAN

WAS MEASURING THE FINGER AND

COMPARING IT TO HIS OWN HAND

WHEN HE ACCIDENTALLY BROKE THE

WORK OF ART.

>> Stephen: YES, THAT IS THE

WHOLE REASON MUSEUMS EXIST: SO

YOU CAN COMPARE YOURSELF TO THE

ART.

THAT'S WHY THE FIRST TIME I SAW

MIKE LANG LOW'S DAVID I DROPPED

TROU CRAWLED UP THERE --

(LAUGHTER)

DID A LITTLE SIDE-BY-SIDE

COMPARISON.

AND I DON'T WANT TO SHOCK ANYONE

BUT --

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I DON'T WANT TO SHOCK ANYONE.

LET'S JUST SAY HE MET THE REAL

GOLIATH.

(LAUGHTER)

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen:

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WELCOME BACK, MY GUEST TONIGHT

RELEASED A NEW BOOK ABOUT

AMERICA.

AS BEN FRANKLIN SAID "IT'S THE

MUST READ BOOK OF THE SUMMER."

PLEASE WELCOME SHELDON WHITE

HOUSE!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I LOVE HAVING SENATORS ON

BECAUSE YOU GUYS ARE THE

EXCLUSIVE CLUB, RIGHT?

YOU GUYS GOT BETTER WASHROOMS

AND EVERYTHING, I'M SURE:.

>> THEY'RE ACTUALLY REDOING THE

WOMEN'S SENATE WASHROOM.

>> Stephen: WHAT DOES THAT

MATTER TO YOU, SIR?

>> MAKES EVERYBODY HAPPIER.

>> Stephen: IT DOES?

DOES IT REALLY.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK.

LET'S PUSH SOME PITCH AER, SIR.

IT'S CALLED "ON VIRTUES,

QUOTATIONS AND INSIGHTS TO LIVE

A TRULY AMERICAN LIFE."

THAT STARTED OFF AS A NOTEBOOK

OF YOURS, RIGHT?

>> YUP.

>> Stephen: HOW LONG DID YOU

WORK ON THIS BOOK?

>> CLOSE ON 20 YEARS I PUT THE

FIRST ONE DOWN AND I'VE HAD THIS

LITTLE PAPER BOOK WITH ME.

WHEN I LOVE IT, I WRITE IT DOWN.

>> Stephen: THAT WHY CONGRESS

CAN GET NOTHING DOWN BECAUSE IT

TAKES YOU 20 YEARS TO WRITE A

BOOK?"

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: IT'S WORSE THAN

THAT.

WE USE MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE'S

WORDS.

>> SELECTION.

>> Stephen: SELECTION.

>> Stephen: SO YOU'RE SAMPLING.

SO THIS IS YOUR IDEA OF AFTER

RAP SONG.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU'RE SAMPLING OTHER PEOPLE'S

WORK.

>> YEAH, IT'S THE GOOD PART.

>> Stephen: YOU'VE GOT SOME PHAT

BEATS IN HERE FROM ABRAHAM

LINCOLN AND THEODORE ROOSEVELT

BUT YOU'VE ALSO GOT THINGS FROM,

LIKE, WIN WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

AND WINSTON CHURCHILL.

THIS IS HONORABLE TRULY AMERICAN

LIFE.

WHAT DO THEY KNOW?

WHAT DO ENGLISH-- PARDON ME--

LIMEY BASTARDS KNOW?

(LAUGHTER)

I MEAN THAT IN THE BEST POSSIBLE

WAY.

WHY WOULD YOU QUOTE SOMEONE ELSE

TO TALK ABOUT THE TRULY AMERICAN

LIFE?

>> BECAUSE SOME OF THE

PRINCIPLES THAT ARE MOST

DISTINCTLY AMERICAN ARE ONES

THAT ARE PART OF THE HUMAN

CONDITION AND THAT PEOPLE LIKE

SHAKESPEARE COULD HAVE WRITTEN

ABOUT AND CHURCHILL, OF COURSE,

WAS PART AMERICAN.

HIS MOM WAS AMERICAN.

>> Stephen: IT COMES FROM HIS

FATHER'S SIDE.

IT WAS HIS FATHER'S SIDE.

YEAH.

(LAUGHTER)

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE GET TO

HERE?

SOMETHING THAT IF YOU HAD TO

THROW AUTOALL THE OTHERS AND

JUST KEEP ONE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

>> THERE'S A VERY SHORT COUPLEET

THAT SAYS "LIFE IS MOSTLY FROTH

AND BUBBLE, TWO THINGS STAND

LIKE STONE: KINDNESS IN

ANOTHER'S TROUBLE, COURAGE IN

ONE'S OWN."

NOT BAD.

>> Stephen: NO.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I BELIEVE THAT WAS WRITTEN BY

FLO-RIDA.

(LAUGHTER)

>> COULD HAVE BEEN!

OR ILLIN' NOISE.

>> Stephen: AM I QUOTED IN YOUR

BOOK?

>> REGRETTABLY NOT.

IS THAT A RECALL ISSUE OR --.

>> Stephen: NO, I'M GLAD BECAUSE

MY FAVORITE QUOTE IS "YOU'LL BE

HEARING FROM MY LAWYER."

(LAUGHTER)

I JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER I

COULD CALL YOU INTO COURT.

>> I'M SAFE.

>> Stephen: WHY DID YOU PUT THE

BOOK OUT?

BECAUSE, NO OFFENSE, "ON VIRTUE"

YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT, WHAT DO

DEMOCRATS KNOW ABOUT VIRTUE NEW

VIRTUES ARE A CONSERVATIVE

IDEAL.

THEY'RE ABOUT GENERALLY

PRESERVING WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT

OUR COUNTRY WHEN DEMOCRATS ARE

WILLING TO SELL US DOWN THE

RIVER TO THE FIRST INTEREST

GROUP WITH A RAINBOW FLAG.

(LAUGHTER)

WHY DO YOU THINK -- WHY DO YOU

THINK YOU'RE SUITED TO PICK OUR

VIRTUOUS QUOTES?

>> I THINK THAT WASHINGTON RIGHT

NOW IS A LITTLE SHORT ON SOME OF

THE VIRTUES AND I'M NOT EVEN THE

SENIOR SENATOR FROM RHODE ISLAND

BUT I WANT TO DO WHAT I CAN TO

TRY TO PUSH A DIFFERENT DEBATE

INTO THE DISCUSSION AND TO LOOK

BACK AND SEE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE

SAID AND DONE AT SOME OF THE

MOST IMPORTANT TIMES IN HISTORY,

THINGS THAT CAPTURE A PARTICULAR

PIECE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.

I THINK THAT ADDS A LITTLE BIT

OF VALUE.

MAYBE ONLY A LITTLE BIT BUT YOU

DO WHAT YOU CAN.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINK THIS IS

AN IMPORTANT TIME IN HUMAN

HISTORY?

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: WHY IS NOTHING

HAPPENING THEN?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

IF THIS IS SO IMPORTANT, WHY IS

NOTHING HAPPENING?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> BECAUSE WE'RE AT A JUNCTION

AND THE FIGHT IS WHERE DO WE

TURN?

WHAT DIRECTION DO WE GO?

AND PRETTY SOON I THINK

PARALYSIS IN WASHINGTON IS GOING

TO BREAK.

I THINK THE GRIP OF THE TEA

PARTY ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS

GOING TO DIMINISH.

I THINK A MORE MODERATE

REPUBLICAN IS GOING TO BE ABLE

TO A PEER AND WE'LL WORK

TOGETHER AND MOVE FORWARD IN TO

BROAD AND SUMMIT UPLANDS.

>> Stephen: RULELY?

HOW ABOUT THAT?

YOU'VE GOT THESE THINGS IN YOUR

POCKET ALL THE TIME!

(LAUGHTER)

THAT'S REALLY KIND OF A TRUMP

CARD WHEREVER YOU'RE HAVING AN

ARGUMENT WITH SOMEBODY YOU CAN

SAY "AS SHAKESPEARE SAID "YOU'RE

WRONG AND I'M RIGHT."

WELL, SENATOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING US.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THE BOOK IS "ON VIRTUE" THE MAN

IS SHELDON WHITE HOUSE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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