Republican Advantage in the 2014 Midterms - Clay Aiken

  • Aired:  04/30/14
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Singer and Democratic candidate Clay Aiken talks about his decision to run for Congress and what he hopes to accomplish for North Carolina. (3:48)

(LAUGHTER)NOW MAKE NO MISTAKE, FOLKS.

I AM AN AIKEN FAN ORCLAYMATE.

I VOTED FOR HIM THROUGHSEASON 2.

WHEN HE LOST TO RUBENSTODDARD I WAS CRUSHED,

ALMOST AS CRUSHED AS I WASWHEN THEY VOTED OFF THAT OLD

LADY.

BUT I CANNOT SUPPORT CLAYAIKEN FOR CONGRESS.

NOT ONLY IS HE A DEMOCRAT,HE IS ALSO A GAY WHICH I

ONLY RECENTLY DISCOVEREDWERE TWO SEPARATE THINGS.

(LAUGHTER)AND I CANNOT BELIEVE HE'S

TRYING TO GET RENEE ELLMERSFIRED.

DOES HE NOT KNOW HOW BADLYSHE NEEDS HER PAYCHECK?

IF HE WERE ON MY SHOW RIGHTNOW, I'D VOTE HIM OFF.

HERE TO BE KICKED OUT OF MYSTUDIO, PLEASE WELCOME

FORMER AMERICAN ALMOST IDOLAND CANDIDATE FOR NORTH

CAROLINA'S SECOND DISTRICT,CLAY AIKEN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)ALL RIGHT, LISTEN UP.

LISTEN UP.

OKAY.

I AM UNCHARMED BY THOSE BABYBLUES AND THOSE GOLDEN

PIPES.

WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINKYOU ARE, YOU HOLLYWOOD

LIBERAL, COMING INTO NORTHCAROLINA WITH YOUR SAN

FRANCISCO VALUES.

>> WELL, I THINK PEOPLE AREVERY FED UP WITH THE KIND OF

TONE DEAF REPRESENTATIONTHEY'VE HAD.

YOU HEARD-- .

>> Stephen: TONE DEAF JUSTBECAUSE YOU HAVE PERFECT

PITCH?

THAT'S KIND OF CHEAP.

>> I MEAN YOU SEE WHAT WEARE DEALING WITH NOW.

WE'VE GOT A REPRESENTATIVENOW WHO HAS COMPLETELY

IGNORED THE PEOPLE WHO SHEWAS ELECTED TO REPRESENT.

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOWABOUT THE COMPLETELY IGNORED

THING.

BUT HOW ARE YOU NOT GOING TOCOMPLETELY IGNORE THEM.

>> WELL, I HAVE SPENT MYENTIRE LIFE SINCE IDOL

TRYING TO STAND UP FORCHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES.

I STARTED AN ORGANIZATIONFOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES.

AND HAVE BEEN AN ADVOCATEFOR CERTAIN POPULATIONS FOR

THE PAST 11 YEARS.

AND THESE PEOPLE IN NORTHCAROLINA PUT ME HERE.

THEY GAVE ME THIS PLATFORM,THIS MICROPHONE.

AND I FEEL LIKE IT'S MYRESPONSIBILITY TO USE THAT

TO GIVE BACK TO THEM ANDMAKE SURE THEY'RE

REPRESENTED IN A WAY.

>> Stephen: I'M UNWARMED BYYOUR STORY.

THAT'S MY DISABILITY, OKAY.

ALL RIGHT?

I DON'T HEAR THINGS I DON'TLIKE.

SO FT. BRAGG, LARGESTMILITARY BASE IN THE WORLD

IS IN YOUR DISTRICT.

YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT.

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO RUN TOTHE RIGHT OF A REPUBLICAN ON

DEFENSE.

>> WHY WOULD I NEED TO RUNTO THE RIGHT.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE THERIGHT OWNS DEFENSE, MY

FRIEND.

>> I THINK WHAT THE RIGHTDOESN'T OWN IS VETERAN'S

AFFAIRS, THE VETERAN'SUNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS 11%,

FOUR POINTS HIGHER THAN THEREST OF THE CIVILIAN

POPULATION THERE ARE A LOTOF REALLY INCREDIBLE

PROPOSALS ON THE TABLE THATAREN'T GETTING ANYWHERE

BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE MOREINTERESTED IN SHUTTING DOWN

THE GOVERNMENT,SEQUESTRATION, DOING THINGS

TO MAKE SURE THE OTHER SIDEDOESN'T GET A WIN.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO AREHURTING NOW AND NOTHING IS

GETTING DONE IN CONGRESSBECAUSE NOBODY WANTS TO WORK

TOGETHER.

THAT FRUSTRATES ME.

I'M SURE IT FRUSTRATES YOUEVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T WANT

TO ADMIT IT IT FRUSTRATES ALOT OF FOLKS IN THIS

COUNTRY.

>> Stephen: I WILL HAPPILYADMIT THAT PARTISAN

POLITICAL BICKERING IS HOW IMAKE MY LIVING.

(LAUGHTER)>> IT'S EXACTLY HOW PEOPLE

IN D.C. MAKE THEIR LIVINGTOO.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

NOW IT'S GOING TO BE-- (APPLAUSE)

CLAY, I CAN CALL YOU CLAY.

>> PLEASE DO.

>> Stephen: IS THERE GOINGTO BE ANY SINGING ON THIS

TOUR OF YOURS.

>> PUT THE ASSES IN THESEATS.

>> I'M ON SABBATICAL.

>> Stephen: NOT EVEN THENATIONAL ANTHEM.

>> I MIGHT SING IT HERE ORTHERE BUT I'M GOING LEAVE

IT TO YOU.

>> Stephen: OH SAY -->> I FELL LIKE THAT WAS-- I

HAVE HAD A GREAT 11 YEARSSINGING.

AND THIS IS THE NEW CHAPTERFOR ME.

I THINK IT'S MORE IMPORTANTTHAN SINGING AND SO I HAVE

PUT THAT ON THE BACK BURNERFOR SURE.

>> Stephen: HEADLINE, CLAYAIKEN REFUSES TO SING

NATIONAL ANTHEM.

(LAUGHTER)CLAY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

CLAY AIKEN.

NORTH CAROLINA'S SECONDDISTRICT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: VOTE FOR HIM IF

YOU MUST.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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