Congressman Joe Kennedy III on His Family, Trump's Tweets, Health Care & Legalizing PotFeb 18, 2020
so just so everyone understands, yeah, robert
kennedy, grandpa, grandpa, john
kennedy, grandpa's brother, granduncle, greatuncle, ted kennedy, alright, too, yeah, arnold schwarzenegger, was he like uncle terminator? Arnold Schwarzenegger as uncle so yeah obviously um my cousin Maria and Arnold broke up okay oh yeah I know I read that yeah so I haven't seen them in a while but yeah sure yeah You guys really are very close. group, right? Yes, we are many, but we are quite united. Yes, yes, there are a lot of you and yes, a lot of you go into politics and I was thinking about this. boy and i'm talking about you know about eleven someone in your
familytold you listen be
careful what you do because you're a kennedy and one day you might want to run for office one you know eyes are on you so behave no no no one didn't really yes do that if i was a kennedy yes well i'm not by the way my parents met at a bowling alley no one we don't have airports named after us it went well for the most part so you know um you grew up in a public
So for the tribes, our shortcomings have been very public, like all American families, and we all have them and they have been public as well. the fact that what you do is going to be more in the public eye, but that's just the way Jimmy is, did you know when you were young that this is something you want to do? You wanted to go into public service, no. not so public service yeah I was probably a Peace Corps volunteer before I ended up running for office can I ask a very very stupid question water please what happens in the Peace Corps? for me but I also come to your house and take you to another c country no, actually you have to get on a plane you have to play this is voluntary, although well, that's the voluntary part, okay, okay, look, Of the experiences I have had in my life, there has not been one that has been more impactful. for me growing up is just a very positive spirit it's very positive now look it's not for everyone um you spend I spent two and a half years or so in the Dominican Republic yes intermittent electricity intermittent running water do you speak Spanish I don't see anyone in oh wow you know why true and this is that I don't want to be a profiler, but if I put you in line with a thousand other people and they told me which of these men speaks Spanish, you would be the last one I would choose. it actually has its timing benefit, yeah, which is great.
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I have traveled quite a bit in Latin America and you get some quizzical looks when I start speaking Spanish with a heavy Dominican accent. The people are doing well, so it's an organization close to my heart. it's one that does this to me nk a lot of good things around the world um and he's still alive and he does a great job so yeah I'm delighted to be a part of it and particularly given the challenges we have around the world and on Washington Day having the opportunity to go to a country that you haven't been to in a language that you don't speak a culture that's a bit foreign and really throwing yourself with everything you've got and learning about that and trying to serve that community has been really valuable yes i think its probably a great experience that me and no one in my family will have but they just realized there is no age limit for volunteers is that correct?
You can sign up today. Can you imagine if I did that? It was all a joke, no one would believe it. I volunteered for the Peace Corps. I'm just saying you know if this doesn't work for you, a Peace Corps isn't. That's why you're here. get rid of me, when are you running for president? when will this happen? ning I came here today hoping that you would announce it and I could be your vice president. I don't think it would be better the other way around, but this is a question you get asked all the time and a lot of it a lot of your fingernail is because you gave the answer to the Democratic Party's State of the Union address, did they elect you?
Or was it a punishment because it usually goes wrong? That's an interesting question and the answer, actually, I think is not clear, so regardless, I was asked and I was excited to do it. Leader Pelosi asked me about a week before this ship. That's ok. She took me out of the Chamber. She emptied her office. She fired her entire staff and then I thought I was in trouble and then she asked me to do it so obviously I said yes right away and then I walked out of her office and I was like oh my gosh my
career could be over because everyone they wrestle with a speech yeah so i'll be kindle exactly Mario what what? whatever it is, it's not Marco Rubio if you look look at what happened, yes, exactly, yes, the good news is the most important thing for me about that experience, is that it has solidified for me, the generosity, the compassion, the care of the American public, I've gotten tubes of lipstick from every damn corner, yeah never mind he said I'm sure you're tired of talking about lipstick and lip glosses and all yeah but remember it doesn't matter what you said because you did it you gave a very well received speech you were very smart to do it in front of a group of people that is usually so sterile and it's like you're just lying down yeah i can't do a hostage video well there are a few people who can i'm not one of those people so i needed a live audience to be if that was small do you think we'll ever go back to a day and i guess there was a day?
I'm not quite sure where the Republicans and Democrats really work together in a meaningful way in government. yeah i hope there's more of that going on than the public sees some of my closest friends in washington are in fact republicans who's your best friend that's a republican my best friend would be really interesting for your last guest this guy is mark wayne mullen who is a former ultimate fighter from oklahoma wow really yeah that's a good best friend app because if you get beat up he's gonna go kick everyone's ass yeah so he made me sign a bill about protecting the ultimate fighters in the industry and people wonder why i signed up, it's like waiting. when you bring a whole series of ultimate fighters that can kill you in 16 ways starting tuesday yeah you sign anywhere well maybe that's a good plan for
trumpbecause we have a lot of problems we bring some ultimate fighters and maybe he do what needs to be done do you get your
trumpnews the way we all do just from sweet like twitter and then you and me want to talk and i'm not naming anyone specifically but your fellow republicans do it all so see how oh no, what is this?
What happened here? If they do it. There are a couple of areas where you deviate from your number one party. this is not exactly in line with you'll never win california you know that's true so look I think part of the impact when you talk about the law is making sure the border cases are correct and I do I am concerned about what the increased availability of legal marijuana means for teens what it means for people struggling with mental
healthaddiction he is also against alcohol because those same things seem to apply to AB so I don't drink , but obviously it's okay that everyone else does and I think Jimmy is something that if we're going to move towards legalization I think we have to be we have to be thoughtful about what we've already moved yes in moved we have is good so and part of this is the federal process on what is federal law and the structures of federal law a full and comprehensive right and what jeff's sessions are doing in this ministry is making it worse so i think if we are going to move forward from this so you clearly know that california is their home state of massachusetts is their i write i acknowledge the fact that they are going i am an outlier on this i just think its something we want to be careful and deliver t an okay like no not always all the time in pop because it doesn't really matter but I want to ask you about
healthcare um Bernie Sanders believes in Medicare for all he's also against no no no one the Health care is a commodity, that should be done by every family in this country, full stop, and I've worked very, very hard, of course, during my time in Congress to make sure everyone has access to care affordable, quality healthcare. what we have also seen. over the course of the last year and a half is that the details matter on this and there are a couple of bills in Congress that I think so those details are not quite finalized yet and I'm concerned about what that means when actually you try to implement it there are ways we can do this we have universal essentially close to universal health care coverage in massachusetts we have 98 some people covered we need to make sure we look at the baseline on this I quote you on this even though I never mentioned before that the right thing to do is be this idea that every single person in this country no one should worry about whether they can afford to save the child's life, right point, the most powerful country in the world should be able to do that health care itself.
In this country I think it boils down to one fundamental question is how are we going to treat people in their time of greatest need? It's something people don't think much about until you need it, but when you need it, it's him or all you think about. and we have the ability to make sure that no one is denied because of a pre-existing condition that we can actually make it accessible and affordable for everyone we want to make sure that we do it in a way that is responsible that is accurate and covers everyone and I think we can do that, but we have to be thoughtful about it, that's all I'm asking, okay, do it because we need you to do it right.
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