Better Know a District - Wisconsin's 4th - Gwen Moore Pt. 1

  • Aired:  05/15/13
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Openly black Congresswoman Gwen Moore discusses big government, class warfare and Paul Ryan's budget. (8:12)

IS NOT MADE FROM COQ-A-ROACHES

FOUND IN A VAN.

VIGILANCE.

OH, HI.

I WAS JUST TAKING A MID-SHOW

BREAK TO ENJOY A REFRESHING CAN

OF MILWAUKEE'S BEST.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

WHICH GOT ITS NAME BECAUSE IT'S

THE BEST WAY TO WASH OUT THE

TASTE OF OLD MILWAUKEE.

AND THESE TWO BEERS COME FROM

THE 70th INSTALLMENT OF MY

434-PART SERIES "BETTER KNOW A

DISTRICT."

TONIGHT WISCONSIN'S FOURTH, THE

FIGHTIN' FOURTH.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

THE FOURTH CONTAINS MILWAUKEE

WHERE THE HARLEY DAVIDSON

COMPANY WAS FOUNDED IN 1903 WITH

THE MISSION OF CREATING

BEAUTIFUL, CLASSIC BIKES SO THAT

SOME A-HOLE CAN WAKE YOU UP AT

5:00 A.M. BECAUSE "YOU'VE GOT TO

WARM IT UP FOR AN HOUR, RIGHT"

THE FOURTH HAS BEEN HOME TO SUCH

NOTABLE RESIDENTS AS SPENCER

TRACY, GENE WILDER AND LIBERACE

WHO SPENT YEARS CONCEALING A

DARK SECRET: HE'S FROM

WISCONSIN.

MILWAUKEE, OF COURSE, WAS THE

LOCALE OF THE ICONIC SITCOMS

HAPPY DAYS AND LAVERNE AND

SHIRLEY, TWO GROWN WOMEN WHO

WORK IN A FACTORY AND LIVE

TOGETHER AS ROOMMATES.

COME ON.

I THINK WE KNOW WHAT THAT L

STANDS FOR.

I MEAN SCHLEMIEL, SCHLIMAZEL OR

AS THEY CALL IT SCISSORING.

THE FOURTH IS ALSO HOME TO MAJOR

LEAGUE BASEBALL'S MILWAUKEE

BREWERS IN RECOGNITION OF THE

CITY'S BEER INDUSTRY AND IF YOU

DRINK ENOUGH OF THEIR SIGNATURE

PRODUCT, EVERY NIGHT IS

BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT.

AND WHO HAS THE SQUIGGIES TO

REPRESENT THE FOURTH?

IT'S NONE OTHER THAN FIVE-TERM

CONGRESSWOMAN GWEN MOORE.

I SAT DOWN WITH CONGRESSWOMAN

MOORE IN HER WASHINGTON OFFICE.

CONGRESSWOMAN MOORE THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR TALKING WITH US TODAY.

>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

Stephen: TELL ME ABOUT THE

FIGHTIN' FOURTH.

>> I CAN TELL YOU IT IS ONE OF

THE MOST DIVERSE DISTRICTS IN

THE STATE OF WISCONSIN.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE THE FIRST

AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND THE SECOND

WOMAN IN CONGRESS FROM

WISCONSIN.

IS THAT TRUE?

>> TRUE.

Stephen: I ASSUME YOU GOT THE

JOB THROUGH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.

>> ABSOLUTELY NOT.

WISCONSIN IS LIKE 96% WHITE.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHY I WAS

WONDERING HOW YOU GOT ELECTED.

LOGICALLY...

>> WELL, IT HAD BEEN A WHITE

CONGRESS PERSON UNTIL I CAME

ALONG.

>> Stephen: DID THEY HAVE TO

HAVE ONE BLACK PERSON.

>> I ADMITTED TO THEM THAT I WAS

BLACK.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE OPENLY BLACK.

I'M OPENLY BLACK.

Stephen: WHEN DID YOU FIRST

REALIZE YOU WERE BLACK?

>> WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL.

THE LITTLE GIRL IN MY

NEIGHBORHOOD ASKED HER MOM, YOU

KNOW, WAS I CHOCOLATE?

>> Stephen: CONGRESSWOMAN, ARE

YOU CHOCOLATE?

DOES THAT MAKE ME VANILLA?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

Stephen: COULD I BE

CHOCOLATE?

>> IT'S VERY POSSIBLE THAT YOU

COULD HAVE SOME CHOCOLATE IN

YOU.

WE'RE ALL MIXED UP WITH A LOT OF

STUFF.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

VANILLA, A LITTLE MINT IN THERE

SOMETIMES.

>> Stephen: IS THAT GAY?

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

>> I DON'T KNOW, MINTY, KIND OF

IRISH.

>> Stephen: OH, IRISH.

IRISH PEOPLE ARE AUTOMATICALLY

GAY IS WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

>> I DIDN'T SAY THAT.

Stephen: YOU SAID MINTY.

THAT'S KIND OF A GAY FLAVOR.

OH, YEAH, THAT GUY HAS GOT MORE

THAN A HINT OF MINT.

>> I'VE NEVER HEARD THAT AND I

LOVE MINT.

>> Stephen: WELL...

YOU NEVER KNOW.

Stephen: YOU NEVER KNOW.

MAYBE YOU'RE A LITTLE MINTY.

YOU SIT ON THE HOUSE COMMITTEE

ON FINANCIAL SERVICES WHICH

OVERSEES WALL STREET AND THE

BANKS.

>> THAT'S TRUE.

Stephen: AS A PERSON WHO

VOTED FOR OBAMA'S STIMULUS

PACKAGE, ARE YOU READY TO ACCEPT

BLAME FOR THE CURRENT STATE OF

THE ECONOMY?

>> NO.

Stephen: PLAY THE BLAME GAME.

(SINGING) OUR GUEST TODAY IS

GWEN MOORE.

SHE'S GOING TO BLAME PEOPLE

OTHER THAN HERSELF FOR THE STATE

OF THE ECONOMY.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US HERE,

GWEN.

WHO DO YOU BLAME FOR THE

ECONOMY?

>> WELL, I THINK THAT WALL

STREET, WE HAVE SOME BRILLIANT

PEOPLE ON THE PLANET THAT WERE

ALLOWED TO DO THEIR DUE.

WE'VE HAD TWO WARS THAT WE

DIDN'T PAY FOR.

>> Stephen: WE SHOULDN'T HAVE

GONE TO WAR.

>> THAT'S ANOTHER CONVERSATION.

Stephen: WE'RE IN THAT.

THAT'S THIS CONVERSATION.

YOU BROUGHT UP THE WAR.

>> YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE

ECONOMY.

>> Stephen: YOU BROUGHT UP THE

WAR.

>> YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT.

Stephen: WHO DO YOU BLAME?

NOW YOU'RE BLAMING THE WARS FOR

THE ECONOMY.

YOU DON'T SUPPORT OUR TROOPS.

YOU DON'T SUPPORT OUR TROOPS.

YOU'RE BLAMING OUR TROOPS FOR

THIS DEMOCRATIC FAILURE OF THE

ECONOMY.

>> WE HAVE TO FEED THE TROOPS IN

THE MORNING.

>> Stephen: I'M TALKING ABOUT

THE ECONOMY.

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT LUCKY

CHARMS.

>> LUCKY CHARMS.

YOU KNOW, GOVERNMENT IS NEVER

IMPORTANT EXCEPT WHEN WE WANT

FEMA TO GET US UP OUR ROOF.

WE WANT THE A.F.T. TO BE THERE

TO CATCH A TERRORIST.

BUT OTHER THAN THAT, GOVERNMENT

IS TOO BIG.

>> Stephen: I AGREE.

O WE AGREE.

tephen: WE AGREE THAT

GOVERNMENT IS TOO BIG.

>> WE AGREE THAT GOVERNMENT IS

TOO BIG UNTIL YOU WANT IT.

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

I AGREE THAT THE THINGS I NEED

SHOULD BE PAID FOR AND THE

THINGS I DON'T NEED SHOULD NOT

BE PAID FOR.

>> EXACTLY.

Stephen: THAT MAKES SENSE.

THAT MAKES SENSE TO PEOPLE,

BUT IT'S COMPLETELY ABSURD.

>> Stephen: I ACCEPT YOUR

APOLOGY.

LET'S TALK ABOUT PAUL RYAN FOR A

SECOND.

YOU SAID THAT PAUL RYAN'S BUDGET

WAS CLASS WARFARE AGAINST THE

POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS MEANT TO

LINE THE POCKETS OF THE RICH.

>> THE IMPACT OF HIS BUDGET

WHICH PREVAILS UPON THE POOR,

THE MIDDLE CLASS AS OPPOSEDDED

TO THOSE WHO HAVE THE GREATEST

ABILITY AND MEANS.

>> Stephen: LIKE ME.

GUYS LIKE ME.

I HAVE A LOT OF MONEY.

>> WHAT IS YOUR INCOME.

Stephen: A LOT.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

Stephen: ALL THE MONEY OR NOT

ALL OF IT.

MY FRIENDS HAVE SOME TOO.

THEN IT TRICKLES DOWN ON TO

POORER PEOPLE.

>> IT AIN'T HAPPENING.

Stephen: WE HAVE TO FILL MY

BUCKET MORE SO IT STARTS.

NOW IT'S 90% FULL BUT I PROMISE

YOU IF YOU GIVE ME A LITTLE BIT

MORE MONEY, IT WILL START TO

TRICKLE.

>> I DON'T CARE IF YOU HAVE A

ROLEX WATCH?

HOW MANY CAN YOU WEAR?

>> Stephen: WELL, ONE, TWO,

THREE, FOUR, FIVE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> I DO WANT TO HELP POOR

PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: I CAN'T.

I DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY YET.

>> WE HAVE FAMILY.

IF YOU'RE MY HUSBAND AND I'M

YOUR WIFE, YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T

GET TO GO TO WORK AND COME HOME

AND SAY, WELL, GEE, I MADE MONEY

TODAY AND YOU WERE A STAY AT

HOME WIFE SO THEREFORE I GET

STEAK AND YOU GET TO EAT THE

RAMAN NOODLES.

>> Stephen: I'M WORKING LATE.

YOU DON'T GET TO DO THAT

BECAUSE WE'RE FAMILY.

>> Stephen: IF YOU'RE MY WIFE

AND I'M YOUR HUSBAND, I'D SAY WE

HAVE A RELATIONSHIP PROBLEM.

>> WE PROBABLY WOULD.

Stephen: WE NEED COUNSELING.

BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO BE

EQUAL IN THE RELATIONSHIP.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU GETTING

ANGRY RIGHT NOW?

>> NO.

Stephen: YOU'RE NOT ANGRY.

NO, I'M NOT ANGRY.

I'M NOT AN ANGRY BLACK WOMAN.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE NOT?

NO.

Stephen: SO THAT WOULD BE

BAD.

YOU GET ANGRY SOMETIMES DON'T

YOU?

>> I DO GET ANGRY SOMETIMES.

Stephen: AND ARE YOU A BLACK

WOMAN.

>> I AM A BLACK WOMAN.

Stephen: SO YOU ARE

OCCASIONALLY AN ANGRY BLACK

WOMAN.

>> I AM OCCASIONALLY A BLACK

WOMAN.

I AMIE KOITIONALLY ANGRY AND

MOST OF THE TIME A BLACK WOMAN.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU A BLACK

WOMAN RIGHT NOW.

>> YES.

Stephen: YOU ARE?

THIS IS MOST OF THE TIME.

Stephen: MOST OF THE TIME

YOU'RE A BLACK WOMAN BUT NOT ALL

THE TIME.

I DIDN'T WANT TO JUDGE.

BUT AT ANY POINT DURING THE

INTERVIEW YOU STOP BEING A BLACK

WOMAN, LET ME KNOW.

>> YOU STOP BEING A RICH WHITE

MAN, LET ME KNOW.

>> Stephen: YOU LET ME KNOW TOO

BECAUSE SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAS

HAPPENED.

FOLKS, WHEN WE RETURN, I WILL

CONTINUE TO GRILL REPRESENTATIVE

MOOR

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