Better Know a District - Minnesota's 5th - Keith Ellison

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Minnesota's Keith Ellison frightens Michele Bachmann and rejects a mock offer for Mitt Romney's VP slot. (8:11)

[ LAUGHTER ]

SADLY BACHMANN'S BIGGEST CRITIC IS FELLOW MINNESOTAAN KEITH ELLISSON WHO -- SURPRISE

SURPRISE IS THE NATION'S FIRST MUSLIM CONGRESSMAN.

WHO KIND OF PEOPLE WOULD ELECT SOMEONE LIKE THAT TO CONGRESS.

LET'S FIND OUT IN THE 67th INSTALLMENT OF MY SERIES BETTER KNOW A DISTRICT.

TONIGHT MINNESOTA'S FIVEth.

THE FIGHTIN' FIFTH!

THE FIFTH DISTRICT MADE HISTORY BACK IN 1855 WHEN THEY OPENED THE HENNEPIN AVENUE BRIDGE, THE

FIRST BRIDGE THAT ALLOWED EASTBOUND TRAVELERS TO CROSS THE MISSISSIPPI OR IF THEY WERE

HEADED WEST THE IPPISSISSIM.

THE CITIES ARE NEW HOPE WHICH IS SUPERIOR TO NEIGHBORING CITIES ATTACK OF THE CLONES, WISCONSIN.

THE FIFTH CONTAINS THE WALKER ART CENTER WHICH FEATURED THE BOONBRIDGE AND CHERRY SCULPTURE,

A TESTAMENT TO THE CITY'S LOVE OF ART AS WELLS A REALISTIC DEPICTION OF MIDWESTERN PORTION SIZES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND IT'S HOME TO POP IMP PRINCE WITH AMAZING FANS WITH HIS ABILITY TO VIEFER MINNESOTA

WINTERS IN ASS-LESS PANTS.

WHO HAS THE MINI APPLES TO REPRESENT MINNEAPOLIS?

NONE OTHER THAN THREE TERM CONGRESSMAN ELLISSON.

THANK YOU FOR TALKING TO ME TODAY.

>> PLEASED TO MEET YOU.

>> STEPHEN: TELL ME ABOUT THE FIGHTIN' FIFTH.

>> IT'S A GREAT PLACE.

PROUD TO REPRESENT MINNEAPOLIS.

>> STEPHEN: THAT'S IN CANADA,

CORRECT?

>> IT'S MINNESOTA.

>> STEPHEN: I THINK IT'S MANITOBA.

>> NO.

>> STEPHEN: SURE?

ITE CERTAIN.

>> STEPHEN: I UNDERSTAND YOU WERE THE FIRST SECRET MUSLIM ELECTED TO CONGRESS.

>> I WASN'T A SECRET.

>> STEPHEN: YOU WERE THE OPENLY SECRET MUSLIM.

>> I DIDN'T MAKE A HUGE DEAL ABOUT MY RELIGION BUT OTHER PEOPLE DID.

>> STEPHEN: YOU'RE WELCOME.

I BELIEVE THAT ISLAM IS A GREAT AND TRUE RELIGION AS REVEALED BY THE PROPHET MOHAMMED AND

BLESSINGS AND PEACE BE UPON HIM.

>> THAT'S GOOD.

>> STEPHEN: I SAY THAT TO EVERY CONGRESSMAN NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE MUSLIM.

I'LL KEEP IT IN BECAUSE YOU ARE MUSLIM NOT BECAUSE I'M FRIGHTENED.

>> SURE.

>> STEPHEN: WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUR MUSLIM BRETHREN STEPHEN IS COOL.

>> STEPHEN IS COOL.

>> STEPHEN: THANK YOU.

MICHELE BACHMANN HAS CALLED FOR INSPECTIONS INTO HOW FAR MUSLIMS HAVE INFILTRATED THE UNITED

STATES GOVERNMENT.

HOW MUCH INFILTRATION INTO THE GOVERNMENT?

>> NONE AT ALL.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU A MUSLIM?

>> YES, SIR.

>> STEPHEN: DO YOU HAVE SIBLINGS.

>> YES, SIR.

>> STEPHEN: YOU ARE A MUSLIM BROTHER.

>> I GUESS.

>> STEPHEN: YOU REALIZE I CAUGHT YOU IN A LIE.

>> THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER ORGANIZATION IN EGYPT.

I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT.

>> STEPHEN: I ASSUME YOU FULLY SUPPORT THE INVESTIGATION.

>> I ONLY SUPPORT INVESTIGATIONS WHERE THERE'S SOME FACTUAL BASIS FOR THE INVESTIGATION.

>> STEPHEN: YOU DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S ANYTHING TO SUPPORT IT

UNTIL YOU DO THE INVESTIGATION.

>> I ASKED HER WHAT SHE HAD.

>> STEPHEN: WHAT DID SHE SAY?

>> SHE DAME UP WITH NOTHING.

>> Stephen: MAYBE YOU FRIGHTENED HER.

MAYBE -- NO OFFENSE -- YOU ARE A MUSLIM AND IF SHE TOLD YOU YOU MIGHT TELL YOUR READY CALL BUDDIES.

>> BUT THE PROBLEM IS THERE'S NO IMRAIS FOR THE INVESTIGATION IN THE FIRST PLACE.

>> STEPHEN: BUT THERE WERE ALSO NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION IN IRAQ.

>> THAT'S TRUE.

>> STEPHEN: THAT WORKED OUT.

>> NOT REALLY.

>> STEPHEN: I'M JUST SAYING A LITTLE WITCH HUNT NEVER HURT ANYONE.

>> HURTS A LOT OF PEOPLE.

>> STEPHEN: ISN'T IT BETTER TO BE SAFE HAN MUSLIM?

>> BETTER TO BE FAIR.

>> STEPHEN: WE'LL DISAGREE ON THAT.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE CURRENT POLITICAL SPOTLIGHT.

WE'RE ON TV BUT I'M PUTTING YOU ON THE SPOT HERE.

ROMNEY AND OBAMA.

>> OBAMA.

>> STEPHEN: VERY IMPORTANT DECISION.

ONE MORE THOUGHT?

>> OBAMA.

>> STEPHEN: TWO OUT OF THREE.

IF YOU SAY ROMNEY OBAMA STILL WINS.

>> STILL GOING WITH OBAMA.

>> STEPHEN: ANY CHANCE.

SECRET BALLOT.

>> NO WAY.

>> STEPHEN: I WON'T TELL ANYBODY.

TURN THE CAMERA OFF.

>> NO.

>> STEPHEN: REALLY.

IF MITT ROMNEY CALLED YOU UP TONIGHT AND SAID I WANT TO YOU BE MY VICE PRESIDENT WOULD YOU TAKE IT?

>> NO, SIR.

>> STEPHEN: YOU SAY THAT NOW BUT WHEN THE PHONECALL COMES YOU

DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

>> YES, I DO.

>> STEPHEN: LET'S ROLE PLAY RIGHT NOW.

OKAY.

RING, RING.

RING, RING.

>> HELLO.

>> STEPHEN: PLEASE HOLD FOR GOVERNOR ROMNEY.

♪ ♪ KEITH.

>> HOW ARE YOU DOING, SIR?

>> STEPHEN: KEITH, HA, HA, HA.

NOW THEN, KEITH.

YOU KNOW I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?

>> YES, SIR.

>> STEPHEN: WELL, IT'S BEEN MADE CLEAR TO ME THAT I NEED A

VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND I WAS HOPING THAT YOU WOULD BE MINE.

>> NO, SIR, I'M SORRY.

I CAN'T DO IT.

>> STEPHEN: KEITH, I'M VERY EXCITED THANK YOU.

WE'RE GOING BE A GREAT TEAM.

>> NO, SIR.

>> STEPHEN: HA, HA THAT'S GREAT.

THANKS, KEITH.

I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

CLICK.

THAT'S GREAT.

YOU HANDLED THAT VERY WELL.

>> BUT I'M NOT GOING TO DO IT.

>> STEPHEN: THAT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH.

NOW YOU PUT HIM IN A BAD POSITION.

HE PUT OUT A PRESS RELEASE.

>> I DON'T THINK I COULD DO IT.

>> STEPHEN: THINK WHAT IT WOULD MEAN FOR AMERICAN MUSLIMS THE FIRST MUSLIM VICE

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.

THINK ABOUT YOURSELF A LITTLE LESS AND THINK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE A LITTLE MORE FOR A SECOND.

I WOULD HAVE TO BE PART OF AN ADMINISTRATION THAT I DISAGREE WITH COMPLETELY.

>> STEPHEN: ALL RIGHT.

PRIORITIES CLEAR.

MARY TYLER MOORE WAS SET IN MINNEAPOLIS, CORRECT?

>> YES.

>> STEPHEN: WHY COULDN'T SHE FIND A NICE GUY?

>> I DON'T KNOW BAD LUCK.

>> STEPHEN: WAS SHE AN INFLUENCE ON YOU?

>> NO.

♪ WHO CAN TURN THE WORLD ON WITH HER SMILE ♪ ♪ WHO CAN TAKE A NOTHING DAY AND

SUDDENLY MAKE IT WORTHWHILE IT'S YOU KEITH AND YOU SHOULD KNOW IT

♪ LOVE IS ALL AROUND NO NEED TO WASTE IT -- JUMP IN YOU CAN HAVE A TOWN WHY DON'T YOU.

>> TAKE IT.

♪ YOU'RE GONNA MAKE IT AFTER ALL ♪ YOU'RE GONNA MAKE IT AFTER ALL

>> YOU'RE GOOD.

>> STEPHEN: CONGRESSMAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TALKING TO ME TODAY.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> STEPHEN: WOULD YOU MIND THROWING THIS HAT IN THE AIR.

>> JUST THROW IT UP?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> STEPHEN: LET'S PUT MINNESOTA'S FIFTH UP ON THE BIG BOARD.

OH, IT'S AUGUST 9 SO THAT MUST BE MINNESOTA'S FIRST SNOW.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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