Lamont's Face the Nation interview
Discussion of Ned Lamont's primary victory and the impact it is having on political discourse throughout the country dominated the Sunday talk shows. In this clip, you get to hear from Lamont himself in his interview on Face the Nation.
Scott Pelley opens the interview by asking if the recent terrorist plot has made his candidacy less attractive:
Scott Pelley: On Tuesday, it looked like a pretty good idea to run against the war in a Democrat primary. Then Wednesday, the plot came up that was revealed of the bombing, potential bombing of airliners into the United States. I wonder with so much difference between Tuesday and Wednesday, are you a man whose time has come and gone?
Ned Lamont: No, on the contrary. I don't think our invasion of Iraq has done anything when it comes to the real War on Terror. Here we are talking about Saddam Hussein, but look what happened, a terrorist cell coming out of Pakistan going through London threatening the United States of America, five years later. You know, if nothing else, I think our country has gotten a little complacent when it comes to the War on Terror right now. Maybe this is a wakeup call, maybe we will take into account the 9/11 commission recommendations when it comes to Homeland Security--be it the ports, public transportation, airports, nuclear facilities. I think this is a time for America to be vigilant.Lamont then goes on to reiterate his powerful points on withdrawing from Iraq and halfway through the interview cleverly reframes the "anti-war candidate" label in this exchange:
Scott Pelley: Do you think an anti-war candidate can win the presidency in 2008?
Ned Lamont: It's not a question of being an anti-war candidate. It's a question of is our country making the right decisions to allow us to prevail going forward. And, I'd argue that we are not. I would say we are making a lot of bad decisions. So, I go around the state of Connecticut, people ask me about $9 trillion in debt, what type of a country we are. We should be investing in our kids and investing in our future. Instead, we are mortgaging our kids' future. That's wrong. People talk to me about 63 lobbyists for every single congressman in Washington, DC. That number has doubled in the last five years alone. Who is really taking care of the people's business down there? We know who the lobbyists are taking care of.