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DA_T_84
06-21-2010, 11:26 PM
Party alliances aside, it's nice to see a politician held accountable. Especially when its from a high school student. The awkwardness and squirming are hilarious!

Please refrain from turning this into a D vs. R debate. Appreciate the simple humor in this video.


Teen upset at how video of Arizona senator is used

It was the kind of exchange that makes for an online viral sensation. Arizona state Sen. John Huppenthal, a Republican running for state superintendent of schools, was interviewed by a polite young man dressed in a suit and tie about recent cuts to the state education budget. Huppenthal told his interviewer that the reductions were "simply horrendous" at which point his questioner, a 17-year-old high school student named Keith Wagner, reminded Huppenthal that he'd voted for legislation instituting $550 million worth of those horrendous cuts.

Things went downhill from there, with Wagner moving on to specific questions about the fate of vocational programs under the cuts at which point the lawmaker abruptly asked Wagner to hold on, then appeared to leave the room.

The Arizona state Democratic Party leapt on the exchange, and the video indeed became a viral sensation. The liberal Huffington Post, to take just one example, noted that Huppenthal's website claims he is "one of Arizona's leading authorities on education issues." And the shortened YouTube video (as opposed to the full report that Wagner filed) punctuated the contrast between the flustered senator and his dogged teen questioner with the title "Huppenthal gets schooled" and an ominous closing caption: "Keith Wagner is still waiting for Huppenthal to return." You can watch it here:

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FAX
06-21-2010, 11:54 PM
That is completely awesome. Wow.

FAX

FAX
06-22-2010, 12:10 AM
I swear to God, if people would only (could only, I suppose) hold their representatives accountable things would improve dramatically. This ass clown was hung on his own petard and, once there, became increasingly uncomfortable. You see him trying to fall back on some tried and true double-speak, "I'm not familiar with that particular vote ...", but he was clearly caught in a duplicitous representation of his position.

The sad truth is that our government is rooted in deceit, deception, and dissembling. The fact is that we are not "represented" so much as "misrepresented".

FAX

Duck Dog
06-22-2010, 12:23 AM
At first I thought it was great to the kid so easily pull him apart with one simple question. That quickly turned to disgust.

DenverChief
06-22-2010, 01:13 AM
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teedubya
06-22-2010, 02:01 AM
America! Fuck Yeah!

pr_capone
06-22-2010, 07:51 AM
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I am absolutely floored by this. That ass needs to step down or be forcibly removed from his position.

thecoffeeguy
06-22-2010, 08:03 AM
I am absolutely floored by this. That ass needs to step down or be forcibly removed from his position.

Who you? :D

Seriously. I agree with what you say.
Seems like all politicians believe they can do with they want. It pisses me off.

pr_capone
06-22-2010, 08:09 AM
Apology statement from Etheridge

http://etheridge.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=190412

Washington, DC, Jun 14 - U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-Lillington) released the following statement on the viral video which appeared on the internet today:

“I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse.”

Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC-02)

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