Better Know a District - Virginia's 3rd

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Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott discusses Richmond's high tattoo ranking, the legitimacy of government jobs and whether rhyming has any effect on policy. (8:00)

(LAUGHTER)NOW HEY, FOLKS, I WILL BE

WITH YOU IN JUST A MOMENT.

I JUST NEED TO PUT THEFINISHING TOUCHES ON THIS

"LITTLE MERMAID" I HAVE BEENWORKING ON HERE.

OH, PRETTY HAIR.

PRETTY HAIR.

I COULDN'T FIND ONE, A GOODONE AT THE STORE SO I DUCT

TAPED THE TOP HALF OF ABARBIE BRAND FASHION DOLL TO

THE TAIL OF A HERRING.

(LAUGHTER)SHOULD REALLY KEEP THAT

REFRIGERATED.

I'M HOPING THAT NORFOLK,VIRGINIA, WILL ADD THIS TO

THE 130 MERMAID STATUESALREADY ON DISPLAY IN THE

CITY.

AND COINCIDENTALLY NORFOLKCAN BE FOUND IN THE 77th

INSTALLMENT OF MY 434 PARTSERIES BETTER KNOW A

DISTRICT.

TONIGHT VIRGINIA'S THIRD,THE FIGHTIN THIRD!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)THE THIRD DISTRICT ABUTS

JAMESTOWN, AMERICA'S FIRSTPERMANENT ENGLISH SETTLEMENT

WHERE COLONIST JOHN SMITHWAS CAPTURED BY THE POWHATAN

INDIANS AND HAD HIS LIFESAVED BY POCAHANTAS AND

SAVED AGAINCENTURIES LATER BY

POCAHANTAS ON ICE. THE 3RD ISALSO WHERE

PATRICK HENRYUTTERED "GIVE ME LIBERTY OR

GIVE ME DEATH" WHILE THOMASJEFFERSON BRAVELY STOOD AT

HIS SIDE AND SAID "I DON'T KNOWTHAT GUY."

DURING THE CIVIL WARRICHMOND, VIRGINIA, WAS THE

CAPITOL OF THE CONFEDERACY.

TODAY THAT TITLE BELONGS TOCLIVEN BUNDY'S RANCH.

THE THIRD ALSO HOUSES THENORFOLK NAVAL STATION,

AMERICA'S LARGEST NAVALBASE.

FUN FACT, I JUST GAVE AWAYTHE LOCATION OF AMERICA'S

LARGEST NAVAL BASE.

(LAUGHTER)THE THIRD BORDERS THE

CHESAPEAKE BAY, SOMETIMESTHE BAY'S POLLUTION CAUSES

OXYGEN SEEKING CRABS TO MASSAT THE SHORELINE IN WHAT IS

CALLED A CRAB JUBILEE WHICHIS A LITTLE LIKE CALLING A

SYRIAN RELIEF CAMP A REFUGEEPARTY ZONE.

(LAUGHTER)AND JUST WHO HAS THE RICH

BUTTER MILK BISCUITS TOREPRESENT THIS DISTRICT,

NONE OTHER THAN 11 TERMCONGRESSMAN BOBBY SCOTT.

I SAT DOWN WITH HIM IN HISWASHINGTON OFFICE.

CONGRESSMAN THANKS SO MUCHFOR TALKING WITH ME TODAY.

>> GOOD TO SEE YOU, THANKYOU.

CONGRESSMAN ROBERTSCOTT-- DO YOU HAVE A LAST

NAME?

>> YES, SCOTT.

>> Stephen: ROBERT SCOTTSCOTT.

>> NO, ROBERT CORTEZ SCOTT.

>> Stephen: OH, ROBERTCORTEZ SCOTT.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU HISPANIC?>> NO, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A

FILIPINO.

>> Stephen: OH, I'M SORRY,ALOHA, TELL ME ABOUT THE

FIGHTIN THIRD.

>> IT'S A GREAT DISTRICT. ITSTARTS IN CAPITOL RICHMOND,

VIRGINIA, AND GOES DOWN TOHAMPTON ROAD.

>> Stephen: RICHMOND HASBEEN RANKED THE THIRD MOST

TATTOOED CITY INTHE UNITED STATES.

CONGRESSMAN, DO YOU HAVE ANYTATS.

>> I DON'T-- .

>> Stephen: I MEAN OBVIOUSLYNOT WHERE I CAN SEE BUT FROM THE

NECK DOWN, LIKE A -->> DID YOU THINK ABOUT

GETTING AN AMERICAN FLAGTATTOO TO SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR

AMERICA AND YOUR LOVE FORYOUR CONSTITUENTS.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: NO?

WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST THEAMERICAN FLAG?

>> I DON'T ANYTHING AGAINSTTHE AMERICAN FLAG.

>> Stephen: YOU WON'T PUT ITON YOUR BODY.

I HAVE A TATTOO OF RONALDREAGAN WEARING A COWBOY HAT

RIDING A PANTHER COMING UP OUTOF MY BUTT CRACK.

>> I WILL TAKE YOUR WORD FORIT.

>> Stephen: I NOTICE A LOTOF YOUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE

GOVERNMENT JOBS.

SO NOT A LOT OF REAL JOBS.

>> THEY ARE REAL JOBS.

>> Stephen: THE GOVERNMENTCANNOT CREATE JOBS THIS IS

AN ACCEPTED FACT.

>> SOME PEOPLE WILL THINKTHAT UNTIL THEY MEET SOME

GOVERNMENT-- NEED GOVERNMENTHELP.

>> Stephen: THAT GOVERNMENTHELP, ASSISTANCE, A HANDOUT.

>> WHEN YOU NEED YOUR MAILDELIVERED YOU WANT

GOVERNMENT JOBS, AIR-TRAFFICCONTROLLERS THOSE ARE

GOVERNMENT JOBS.

>> Stephen: I'M NOT BIG ONAIR-TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS.

I LET THE FREE MARKETDETERMINE WHO GETS TO LAND.

>> EVERYBODY ELSE WOULD LIKETHE TO SEE AIRCRAFT BEING

CONTROLLED SO THEY ARE NOTBUMPING INTO EACH OTHER.

>> Stephen: IN 2014 ARE YOUWILLING TO SIT THERE AND SAY

BIG GOVERNMENT, LET'S KEEPALL THE GOVERNMENT JOBS THAT

IS YOUR -->> BIG GOVERNMENT, LET'S

PROTECT THE AIRSPACE, BIGGOVERNMENT LET'S PROTECT THE

WATER SO THAT WHEN YOU DRINKWATER, IT'S SAFE.

>> Stephen: WHY NOT JUST BUYBOTTLED WATER.

>> A LOT OF PEOPLE DO BUYBOTTLED WATER BUT YOU WANT

THE TAP WATER TO BE SAFE.

>> Stephen: OF COURSE YOUWANT SAFE WATER BUT YOU HAVE

TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.

YOU'RE TURNING THE SAFETYNET INTO A HAMMOCK BY

TURNING ON THE TAP ANDDEPENDING ON SOME GOVERNMENT

OFFICIAL WHO DOESN'T EVENHAVE A REAL JOB DETERMINE

WHETHER THAT WATER IS CLEAN ORNOT.

AND HE'S TASTED ITBEFORE I DO.

I DON'T WANT TO TASTESOMEBODY ELSE'S BACKWASH.

>> THAT IS EXACTLY THE DEBATETHAT'S GOING ON IN WASHINGTON

TODAY.

>> Stephen: YOU HEARD OFGLOBAL WARMING.

>> I HAVE.

>> Stephen: DO YOU BELIEVEIT IS HAPPENING.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE WORRIEDABOUT THE SEA LEVEL RISING.

>> NORFOLK IS ONE OF THESECOND MOST AT RISK FOR SEA

LEVEL RISE.

>> Stephen: THE WATER IS COMINGTO ATTACK

US AND YET YOU WANT TOPROTECT THE WATER.

WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?

>> I DON'T-- .

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T HAVE ARESPONSE.

IF IV'E KNOCKED YOU BACK ONYOUR HEELS THAT IS OKAY.

IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME INTHESE INTERVIEWS.

THIS IS YOUR 11th TERM INCONGRESS.

YOU WERE FIRST ELECTED IN1993 SO YOU ARE --

>> I WAS ELECTED IN '92.

>> Stephen: '92.

>> YOU GET ELECTED IN 1 YEARAND START SERVING THE NEXT.

THEY SAY IF YOU HAVE BEEN AMEMBER OF CONGRESS SINCE

1993, I WAS ELECTED IN 1992.

>> Stephen: BUT IT SAYS '93HERE.

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: I HAVE BEEN A

MEMBER OF CONGRESS SINCE1993.

>> Stephen: I ACCEPT YOURAPOLOGY.

(LAUGHTER)OKAY SO MUCH OF YOUR FOCUS

HAS BEEN ON JUSTICE ANDEDUCATION REFORM.

>> MY POLICY PERSPECTIVEWE'RE TRYING TO REDUCE CRIME

AND A LOT OF THE GUTREACTIONS ACTUALLY INCREASE

CRIME.

A LOT OF THINGS SOUND GOOD,SOUND LIKE THEY ARE TOUGH ON

CRIME.

>> Stephen: THREE STRIKES,YOU'RE OUT.

>> THAT DOES NOTHING TO REDUCECRIME.

>> Stephen: IT INCREASESPRISON TERMS.

IT INCREASES PRISON TERMS.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: THEREFORE ITREDUCES CRIME BECAUSE THE

CRIMINALS ARE WHERE, IN JAIL?

>> WELL,

>> Stephen: CHECKMATE

>> THAT'S ONE OF THEPROBLEMS WITH THE POLICY.

UNLESS IT RHYMES OR ITSOUNDS TOUGH

>> Stephen: PEOPLE DON'TTHINK YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: BUT WHAT DO YOUHAVE AGAINST RHYMING.

>> THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITHRHYMES IS THAT IT CREATES AN

ILLUSION THAT ARE YOU DOINGSOMETHING ABOUT CRIME WHEN

YOU'RE ACTUALLY DOING NOTHINGABOUT CRIME OR EVEN

INCREASING THE CRIME RATE.

>> Stephen: THE FACT ISRHYMING IS WORKING. WE

HAVE MORE PEOPLE IN JAILTHAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON

EARTH.

>> BY FAR.

>> Stephen: U.S.A. NUMBER 1. (LAUGHTER)

>> IF YOU WANT TO APPLAUD,THAT'S OK

>> I WANT PEOPLE NOT TOCOMMIT CRIMES IN THE FIRST

PLACE AND IF YOU INVEST INPREVENTION AND EARLY

INTERVENTION YOU HAVE LESSINCIDENCE OF CRIME AND WILL

SAVE MONEY IN THEPROCESS.

>> Stephen: YOU ALMOSTRHYMED THERE.

YOU SAID PREVENTION ANDEARLY INTERVENTION, THIS IS

WHAT I'D LIKE TO PUSH AT THEDEMOCRATIC CONVENTION.

THIS IS SOMETHING PEOPLE CANUNDERSTAND.

PUT YOUR RHYMES INTO YOURCRIME TALK, PEOPLE DON'T

THINK YOU ARE WALKING THEWALK.

>> THAT IS A NICE RHYME.

>> Stephen: MY RHYMING ISSUBLIME, I CAN RHYME ON A

DIME, SEE I'M TRYING TO HELPYOU.

YOU HAVE GOT TO HELP ME OUT.

YOU HAVE TO DROP A FEW LINESYOURSELF IF WE'RE GOING TO

MAKE THE WORLD A BETTERPLACE.

>> THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITHCRIME POLICY THAT IS

WHY WE ARE PUSHING SO HARDFOR, EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH,

YOU LOOK AT THE STUDIES, ATTHE EVIDENCE.

AND YOU SUPPORT THINGS THATACTUALLY WORK RATHER THAN

THINGS THAT-- .

>> Stephen: MAKE YOU SEEMLIKE A JERK.

>> I DON'T-- I DON'T THINKSO.

>> Stephen: THANKS SO MUCHFOR TALKING WITH ME.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> Stephen: GOOD TO BE HERE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: LET'S PUT THE

THIRD UP ON THE BIG BOARD.

OH, IT LOOKS LIKE UNIONTROOPS BURNED RICHMOND TO

THE GROUND AGAIN.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

THOMAS JEFFERSON, YES, SANTACLAUS THERE IS A VIRGINIA,

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