Better Know a District - New Jersey's 12th - Rush Holt

  • Aired:  08/12/13
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New Jersey Congressman and Jeopardy winner Rush Holt discusses the importance of science education, excluding astrology. (7:13)

I SAT DOWN WITH REPRESENTATIVE

HOLT IN CHAIRS.

CONGRESSMAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR TALKING TO ME TODAY.

>> GOOD TO BE WITH YOU, STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: TELL ME ABOUT THE

FIGHTING 12th.

>> IT HAS ETHNICITIES MORE

DIVERSE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE.

YOU GO INTO A PUBLIC SCHOOL IN

ANYWHERE IN THAT PART OF THE

STATE AND YOU'LL FIND MAYBE 25

DIFFERENT LANGUAGES SPOKEN AT

HOME.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE THE

CONGRESSMAN FOR NEW JERSEY'S

12th BUT YOU ARE RUNNING TO BE

THE NEW SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A SENATOR,

THOUGH?

AFTER YEARS OF BEING IN A

DO-NOTHING CONGRESS DO YOU WANT

TO JOIN A DO-NOTHING SENATE?

>> I WANT TO MAKE THEM A

DO-SOMETHING SENATE.

I WANT TO GET THERE WITH

ELIZABETH WARREN.

>> Stephen: EVERYBODY WANTS TO

GET THERE WITH ELIZABETH WARREN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT

KIDS GET THE HEALTH THEY NEED TO

GET TO COLLEGE.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE RUNNING

AGAINST NEWARK MAYOR COREY

BOOKER.

>> OR HE'S RUNNING AGAINST ME.

>> Stephen: IF CORY BOOKER IS

ELECT HEAD WOULD BE THE FIRST

BLACK SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY.

TELL THE PEOPLE OF NEW JERSEY

RIGHT NOW WHY YOU THINK IT'S A

BAD IDEA TO ELECT THE FIRST

BLACK SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY.

(LAUGHTER)

WHY IS THAT SO IMPORTANT TO YOU

TO STOP THAT?

>> YOU KNOW, RACE IS SOMETHING

THAT IS LOSING ITS MEANING.

WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT MOST

PEOPLE IN AMERICA ARE OF MIXED

HERITAGE --.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

YOU WERE ON "JEOPARDY" -- LET ME

REPHRASE THAT.

THIS MAN HAS FIVE WINS ON

"JEOPARDY" AND EVEN BEAT THE

I.B.M. SUPERCOMPUTER WATTSON.

>> WHO IS RUSH HOLT?

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHAT WE'RE

TRYING TO FIND OUT.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW, HOW CAN YOUR

CONSTITUENTS KNOW?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I FOLLOW THE FACTS WHEREVER

THEY LEAD AND DEVELOP -- DEVELOP

POLICIES.

AND PUT THOSE OUT CLEARLY AND I

THINK COURAGEOUSLY.

>> Stephen: YOU FIND YOURSELF

COURAGEOUS?

>> YOU LISTEN --.

>> Stephen: WHERE DO YOU FIND

COURAGE TO FIND YOURSELF

COURAGES YOU?

>> I SAID ONE SHOULD FOLLOW THE

FACTS AND PRESENT THEM CLEARLY

AND COURAGEOUSLY.

>> Stephen: COURAGEOUSLY.

OKAY.

EDUCATION, BIG ISSUE FOR YOU.

>> THAT IS PROBABLY AS MUCH AS

ANYTHING-- MAYBE MORE THAN

ANYTHING-- WHAT HAS MADE THIS

COUNTRY GREAT.

IT HAS BEEN OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION

SYSTEM.

>> Stephen: ISN'T THERE A LOT OF

WASTE IN EDUCATION?

WE HAVE BIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY.

DO WE NEED EVERY "OLOGY"?

(LAUGHTER)

>> YOU KNOW, WE SHOULD TEACH

EVERY SCIENCE TO EVERY STUDENT

EVERY YEAR ALL THE WAY THROUGH

SCHOOL.

>> Stephen: ASTROLOGY?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I SAID SCIENCE.

THAT'S ASTRONOMY.

>> Stephen: ASTROLOGY IS MORE OF

AN A SCIENCE BECAUSE IT HAS THE

"OLOGY" IN THERE.

>> WE SHOULD TEACH THEM EVERY

YEAR.

NOT JUST TENTH GRADE FOR BIOLOGY

11th GRADE FOR CHEMISTRY --.

>> Stephen: 12th GRADE FOR

ATROLG.

SOME PEOPLE DO BETTER WITH

ARIES, A TAURUS DOES BETTER THAN

W ASTROLOGY.

THE

(APPLAUSE)

>> YOU KNOW, I --

(LAUGHTER)

WHERE WERE YOU GOING WITH THIS?

>> Stephen: WHAT'S YOUR

BIRTHDAY?

I'LL DO YOUR CHART.

>> YOU DO THAT?

>> Stephen: I DABBLE.

>> HAVE YOU EVER FOUND IT TO

WORK?

>> Stephen: YES!

VERY OFTEN INITIATING

CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS LEADS

TO GREATER UNDERSTANDING AND

CONTENTMENT IN THE WORKPLACE.

WHAT'S YOUR BIRTH DAY?

>> OCTOBER 15.

>> Stephen: OH, YOU'RE A LIBRA!

THIS IS ALL MAKING SENSE TO ME

NOW.

LIBRA.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

CONSERVATIVE VOTERS GAVE YOU

100% RATING.

>> THE LEAD OF CONSERVATION

VOTERS.

>> Stephen: CONSERVATION VOTERS?

MY APOLOGIES.

THAT IS DISAPPOINTING.

>> WELL, WE SEE WHAT WE LIKE

SOMETIMES.

>> Stephen: SO AS A TREE-HUGGER,

DO YOU EVER GO ANY FURTHER WITH

THE TREE THAN HUGING?

UNDER THE TRUNK ACTION?

>> UM -- I -- I'M NOT SURE WHERE

YOU'RE GOING.

>> Stephen: ME EITHER.

I'D LIKE TO FIND OUT.

YOU WORKED ON LEGISLATION TO

PRESERVE THE OCEAN, AMONG OTHER

THINGS, TRUE?

>> TRUE.

>> Stephen: WHY ARE YOU AIDING

THE ENEMY?

>> THE OCEAN IS OUR FRIEND.

>> Stephen: HAVE YOU SEEN THE

MOVIE "SHARKNADO"?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

TORNADOS MADE OF SHARKS.

>> MADE OF SHARKS.

>> Stephen: THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT

TO PROTECT.

>> I THINK "SHARKNADOS" DON'T

EXIST.

>> Stephen: THE ONLY WAY TO

FIGHT THEM TO THROW BOMBS INTO

THE TORNADO AND OF COURSE BOMBS

DISRUPT TORNADOS.

>> WELL, EVEN TORNADOS RESULT

FROM THE CHANGES IN THE CLIMATE.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU CONSIDER

LEGISLATION TO FIGHT FUTURE

SHARKNADOS?

>> I THINK THERE ARE MANY

IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WE NEED TO

DEAL WITH AND THAT ARE PROBABLY

MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT.

>> Stephen: SUCH A LIBRA THING

TO SAY.

(LAUGHTER)

MOVING ON.

YOU'RE AGAINST THINGS THAT FLY

OVER AMERICA.

YOU'RE SUCH A BIG SCIENCE

EGGHEAD HOW COME YOU DON'T LIKE

THE DRONE PROGRAM?

DRONES ARE THE FUTURE?

>> THE IDEA OF USING ARMED

DRONES TO KILL PEOPLE WITHOUT

DUE PROCESS --.

>> Stephen: THERE IS DUE

PROCESS.

THE PROCESS IS THAT WE DO IT.

>> INNOCENT CIVILIANS ARE

OBLITERATED WHEN SOMETHING COMES

OUT OF THE BLUE.

>> Stephen: I'M NOT PRO-CIVILIAN

OBLITERATION, I WANT TO BE ON

RECORD.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THEN WE SHOULD STOP.

>> Stephen: IT TAKES A

TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF COURAGE FOR

ME TO SAY THAT.

(LAUGHTER)

I'M SURE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND.

YOU ARE THE ONLY QUAKER IN

CONGRESS.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: QUAKER IS A PACIFIST

RELIGION.

>> IT'S ANTI-WAR.

QUAKERS ARE PROUD OF LOOKING FOR

ALTERNATIVES TO WAR.

>> Stephen: WOULD YOU ENGAGE ME

A THUMB WAR?

LET'S DO IT.

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR -- WAIT,

NO, THAT'S CHEATING.

>> (LAUGHS)

>> Stephen: YOU JUST -- FIRST

FIRST STRIKING ABILITY,

SOMETHING THE UNITED STATES HAS

PROMISED TO NEVER DO.

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, I DECLARE

A THUMB WAR.

(AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN")

GOOD LUCK ON TUESDAY, THE STARS

SAY IT'S VERY FAVORABLE.

>> THANK YOU, STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: LET'S PUT NEW

JERSEY'S 12th UP ON THE BIG

BOARD!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

LOOKS LIKE SOMEBODY IN PRINCETON

JUST FAILED THEIR NUCLEAR

PHYSICS MIDTERMS.

DON'T FORGET, NEW JERSEY, THE

PRIMARY IS TOMORROW.

GO VOTE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)