Republicans' Southern Strategy - Dave "Mudcat" Saunders

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Dave "Mudcat" Saunders explains the Southern culture of "fight, sing, drink, pray" and the Southern values of "God, guns and gays." (5:09)

THAT CHITLINS ARE HOG

INTESTINES.

SO WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR ANY

OF THESE CANDIDATES TO WIN

THE SOUTH?

HERE TO TELL ME IS THE

OFFICIAL SOUTHERN STRATEGIST

OF THE 2 004 AND 2008 JOHN

EDWARDS CAMPAIGN, 100% PURE

BUBBA MEAT MY FRIEND DAVID

SAUDERS.

WHAT'S UP, MUD CAT?

>> HEY, MAN, YOU KNOW WHAT,

JIMMY, COULD WE GIVE A

LITTLE SOUTHERN LIGHT IN

HERE.

PUT A LITTLE LIGHT, MAYBE

THROUGH THE MAGAZINE KNOLLIA,

THAT'S BEAUTIFUL.

>> BEAUTIFUL.

>> YOU WANT SOME SWEET TEA.

>> SURE.

>> ALL RIGHT, HERE YOU GO.

>> IN A MASON JAR.

>> BEAUTIFUL NIGHT.

>> NOW DAVE, NOW DAVE, MUD

CAT, YOU'RE FROM THE SOUTH,

I'M FROM THE SOUTH, ALL

RIGHT.

BUT WE'RE DIFFERENT KINDS OF

SOUTH.

I'M FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM.

>> I'M FROM THE SOUTHERN

APPALACHAN MOUNTAINS.

HERE'S WHERE I AM FROM.

>> THERE SI DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN THOSE TWO SOUTHERNS.

LIKE HOW DO Y'ALL SEE SOUTH

CAROLINA.

>> WELL, I ALWAYS HEARD THAT,

YOU KNOW, SOUTH CAROLINA WAS

TOO SMALL TO BE A COUNTRY

AND TOO BIG TO BE A MENTAL

INSTITUTION.

>> THERE'S SOME TRUTH TO

THAT.

>> THERE'S A LOT OF TRUTH TO

IT.

>> WE HAVE THREE CANDIDATES

WHO ARE NOT TRUE

SOUTHERNERS.

WHAT DO SOUTHERNERS CARE B

HOW CAN THEY REACH THEM?

>> WELL, IN THE SOUTH, AND

YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE

SOUTHERN STRATEGY, AND OF

COURSE, IT WAS IMPLEMENTED

EVEN FURTHER WITH LEE

ATWATER, INTRODUCED WEDGE

POLITICS IN 1980.

BUT I THINK THE BEST WAY TO

CHARACTERIZE THE SOUTH,

WHERE YOU'RE FROM AND WHERE

I'M FROM IS GO TO JIM WEBB'S

WORDS, FIGHT, SING, DRINK,

PRAY.

I THINK THAT IS PRETTY MUCH

EVERYTHING ABOUT US

CULTURALLY.

>> FIGHT, SING, DRINK, PRAY.

>> ALL RIGHT THAT SOUNDS

LIKE A GOOD PARTY.

>> IT DOES.

>> ALL RIGHT, YOU KNOW WHAT,

WHERE IS MY MANNERS, WOULD

YOU LIKE A GUN,.

>> LOVE TO.

>> ALL RIGHT THERE WE GO.

ALL RIGHT, THIS FEELS GOOD

TO HOLD.

NOW NOW OKAY, NOW CAN

SOUTHERNERS TELL WHEN PEOPLE

ARE PANDERING TO THEM IN

FAKE WAYS?

LIKE WHAT ABOUT MITT SAYING

Y'ALL AND TALKING ABOUT

CHEESE GRITS.

>> WE DON'T EAT CHEESY GRITS

IN APPALACHAN.

WE EAT GRITS, I THINK CHEESE

WAS BROUGHT THERE BY THE

YANKEES.

>> REALLY?

FROM WISCONSIN AND VERMONT.

>> RIGHT.

>> WELL, CAN THE REPUBLICANS

WIN WITHOUT THE SOUTH?

>> THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING

TO TAKE THIS TOWN.

>> HOW DID THAT HAPPEN, HOW

DID NIXON TURN THE SOUTH

FULLY REPUBLICAN.

>> I THINK STROM THURMAN, OF

COURSE, MOVE TOGETHER

REPUBLICAN PARTY, THE

SOUTHERN STRATEGY, I THINK,

YOU KNOW, THE SOUTHERN

STRATEGY WAS SMART BUT WHAT

IT REALLY GOT DOWN TO IS

1980 LEE ATWATER.

GOD, GUNS AND GAYS IS WHERE

IT WENT.

BUT THIS TIME, YOU KNOW, I

SEE MITT ROMNEY, ESPECIALLY,

IF YOU GO UP INTO THE RUST

BELT, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO

BE ABLE TO USE THE SAME

WEDGES OF GODS, BEGINS AND

GAYS.

>> IN THE SOUTH WE STILL

LOVE GOD, WE STILL LOVE OUR

GUNS AND YOU KNOW, BEING GAY

ISN'T AT THE TOP OF OUR

LIST.

>> THAT'S DEFINITELY NOT.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> THERE ARE A LOT OF BIG,

PROMINENT GAY REPUBLICANS IN

THE SOUTH, RIGHT.

>> WELL, YEAH BUT --

>> UNLESS NEWT HAS AN

ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE, WHICH

WOULD SHOCK ALL THREE OF HIS

WIVES.

NOW WHEN PEOPLE ARE TRYING

TO PANDER TO SOUTHERNERS ARE

THERE THINGS THAT PEOPLE

SHOULDN'T DO, POLITICIANS,

EXCUSE ME, ARE THERE THINGS

THAT POLITICIANS SHOULDN'T

DO, ARE THERE THINGS

POLITICIANS SHOULDN'T DO?

I MEAN YOU CAN GO TOO FAR IN

PANDERING TO SOUTHERN

PEOPLE?

>> WITHOUT QUESTION.

>> REALLY?

>> WITHOUT QUESTION.

IT IS EASY TO SPOT.

>> REALLY?

>> I DID THE MARK WARNER

CAMPAIGN IN 2001 AND HE

WASN'T FROM THE-- AND SO WE

IMMEDIATELY DECIDE, MARK

DOES, THAT WE'RE NOT GOING

TO DO THAT.

WE'RE GOING TO SAY I'M NOT

FROM THE CULTURE.

BUT I LIKE IT.

AND --

>> SO SHOULD MITT ROMNEY

DROP THE Y'ALL?

>> I THINK IT WOULD BE

BETTER.

I REALLY DO.

>> HE ONLY HAS ABOUT 24

HOURS LEFT.

>> I KNOW.

BUT HE'S GOING TO HAVE A

FIGHT IN VIRGINIA AND NORTH

CAROLINA, AND IF HE DOESN'T

WIN FLORIDA, IN MY OPINION,

HE CAN'T BEAT OBAMA.

AND HE'S GOT TO WIN IT.

IF YOU TAKE THE FOURTH BIG

STATES, NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA,

TEXAS AND FLORIDA, HE'S GOT

TO WIN TWO OF THEM.

AND IF HE DON'T TAKE FLORIDA

AND YOU AND I BOTH KNOW IF

YOU ARE LOOKING FOR REDNECKS,

BY GOD, THE RIVER ERA HILTON

IS FULL OF THEM.

>> YEAH.

>> FLORIDA IS THE MECCA OF

REDNECKS.

>> REALLY.

NO OFFENSE TO MECCA.

(LAUGHTER)

DAVE MUD CAT SAUDERS, WE'LL

BE RIGHT BACK.

THANK YOU, DAVE.

>> THANK YOU, STEVE.

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