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Mike Pence, Aren’t You Irrelevant?


PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley interviewed Rep. Mike Pence, and began with an odd line of inquiry: Why am I allowing you to be here, since you’re politically irrelevant?

Glad to have you on. Let me start by sharing with you a quick story. I was on Meet the Press a few weeks ago with my friend Joe Scarborough, as you know, former Republican member of the House, and I didn’t get a chance to even make my argument before Joe jumped out first said that Barack Obama, President Obama, doesn’t need Republicans. He controls both Houses of Congress. All he’s got to do is to rally his own troops. So respectfully, why am I even talking to you on health care?

Pence handled the question ably, and Smiley even enjoyed his line on the public option: “I’ve said before that the government competes with the private sector the way an alligator competes with a duck — it just consumes it.”


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