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Rep. Joe Kennedy, III: Iím Not Running For President | AM Joy | MSNBC

Rep. Joe Kennedy, III: Iím Not Running For President | AM Joy | MSNBC
and to all the dreamers out there watching tonight let me be absolutely clear what that is some bad thing they knew it the res Doria por ustedes a no NOS vamos a la nada you are part of our story we will fight for you and we will not walk away Congressman Joseph

Kennedy

made a point of speaking directly to dreamers when he delivered the Democratic response to Trump's the State of the Union but with the threat of another government shutdown looming and no sign of progress on an immigration
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deal well the Democrats stand their ground well joining me now to discuss is Massachusetts congressman Joseph

Kennedy

the third Thank You congressman good morning doctor have me great I saw you posing with your good luck charm congratulations on the new baby you and your wife had although your wife and then you yes exactly right everybody's doing great I could use a little more sleep but you don't get to sleep for 18 years I'm just letting you know my kids are grown so apparently
yeah you accepted last week one of the most unsought after gigs in politics and that's forgiving the State of the Union response as it always goes goes wrong in some way or another I think the question are everybody's minds you having accepted that gig is are you

running

for

president

in 2020 no I am NOT look I was honored to have been selected it was not something I was anticipating or expected it by any means but honored that leader Pelosi and Senator Schumer thought that I might be
able to put forth a message that I think Democrats can get behind and have an encouraged by the the residents that the the words have gotten and I've learned the tough lesson - but sometimes less chapstick is more if your wife gave you the business over that but it wasn't if a lot of other people did a lot of people did a lot of people did but you also got a lot of kudos for in another theory among other things speaking directly to dreamers etc and the fact that the leadership chose you
to give that response means that at least some folks in the Democratic Party in the Democratic world think of you as a potential leader of the party and a potential candidate so is it a categorical no on 20/20 or is it thing that your is considering it is not something I'm considering look I think what is really important for Democrats at the moment is as we obviously restock and rebuild from a very disappointing election in 2016 is we take some time to understand exactly what happened why a
number of folks that traditionally came back to a Democratic Party didn't this time and to have confidence in the folks that we have underneath our tent there's a whole lot of leaders there younger leaders newer leaders not just in Congress but across the country that I think have something to contribute an offer and look we want to be a big tent party but that means providing opportunities for all sorts of folks from all sorts of backgrounds and demographics to be able to go out there
and give that a shot and obviously I was honored that they gave me one well let's talk about some of the issues facing the Democrats because the base of the party one of the big complaints is that there's not in a fight in the Democratic Party they tend to fold on issues that are important right so the last shutdown happened it was very brief Democrats ultimately made a deal that you know I and others have said freed nine million chip kids from the hostage situation they were in but
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we're now at another looming deadline on Thursday the other body from you in the night in the United States Senate this is what the Senate leader Mitch McConnell had to say about whether the issue of the DREAM Act of daca could produce another shutdown take a listen one tool I think has clearly been eliminated I don't think we'll see you threaten government shutdown again over this subject one of my favorite old Kentucky country sayings is there's no education and the second kick
of a mule and so I think there will be a new level of seriousness here and trying to resolve these issues should Democrats be prepared to actually have that tool not eliminated and shut the government down again over Dhaka look Joey let's do a book on all needs to take his own advice Republicans are in control of the presidency the house and the Senate more than that the issue over daca is coming up because

President

Trump decided to terminate the protections put in place by

President

Obama
they can try to message this as all all they want it's just not true to try to say hey this is a an issue that is being put forth by Democrats this is I think a party that as I tried to articulate on Tuesday make wants to make sure we stand for everybody anybody that wants to be able to believe they can contribute back to our country that can be part of American dream particularly for folks that were brought here as kids through no fault of their own why we are trying to hold our government
or other policy hostage to try to protect those kids this shouldn't this shouldn't even be a choice the fact that mr. McConnell was proud in that last during the the the last shutdown to say it was a choice between providing health care to poor kids and pregnant mothers or or dreamers that is a false choice that I wholly reject particularly after you pass a 1.5 trillion dollar tax cut that goes predominantly to the wealthy it is cynical it is unamerican and they should know better well
let's go to the man who did put us in this situation by rescinding daca because I think it's important to remind folks it was Donald Trump who made that decision on his own well here he is talking about what he thinks are Democrats responsibilities regarding of cutting a deal for dreamers take a listen I think that we are trying to make a deal we're going to see but the Democrats I really believe they don't want to make a deal and think of it they've given up on daca and
that's supposed to be theirs it's ours because we're the ones that are taking care of daca not them so we'll see what happens your thoughts so Democrats even be negotiating with Donald Trump at this point look I think Democrats obviously you have to negotiate with the

president

United States I think the

president

United States has to decide whether he actually wants to solve this problem or not one he owns it because he created it too as you pointed out and many others and when
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we were in this crisis two or three weeks ago the

president

United States would tell one person one position another person another position and another person another position and then try to negotiate when it was like negotiating as Senator Schumer said with jello you can't pin somebody down and have a good-faith discussion with somebody it keeps shifting goalposts and changing their positions what the the framework that the

president

in the White House has put forth to towards Capitol
Hill he knows as a non-starter it's not going anywhere and I think if they were serious about this they would take a take a pause for a second recognize that there was a framework under

President

Obama that passed the Senate with a veto majority that we had the votes for in the house that Speaker Boehner wouldn't allow to come to the floor joint there are the votes to pass a DREAM Act or something similar to it in the House of Representatives today if we could get the bill on the floor
Republican leadership has to stop blocking it that's one of the most frustrating things about all of this and particularly about my last couple years in Washington there are strong bipartisan solutions for a whole wide variety of that the challenges we face we can't get Republican leadership to give us a chance to have a vote you put a clean DREAM Act on the floor it will pass and I would hope and that chairman Goodlatte who oversees the this committee and of course speaker Ryan would
finally have the wherewithal to give that bill a chance to actually see the floor it will be a challenge obviously the right is a dead set against it a lot of their base I have to ask you one more question before we let you go of course your family is it looms very large in the lore of American history we're in the 50th anniversary since the assassination of your grandfather Robert

Kennedy

Robert F

Kennedy

and I want to play you a clip that is particularly resonant because it's also 50
years since the assassination of course of dr. Martin Luther King jr. gonna play that clip for you and I'm a question on the other side for those of you who are black and our attempted to fail with be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act against all white people I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling I had a member of my family killed but he was killed by a white man but we have to make an effort in the United States we have
to make an effort to understand to get beyond or go beyond these rather difficult times so congressman you know your grandfather obviously had a unique ability to speak across many demographics to the sort of the heart of the American people a lot of people you know sort of a wistful about what could have been had he become a

president

of the United States that's part of the reason so much affection and burden is placed on you sir in your own mind what what do you what in your mind is the
the legacy of your grandfather that you want Americans to take away look joy your kind of play that clip one of his most pointed speeches obviously impromptu after the death of Martin Luther King jr. look my family means a lot of different things to a lot of different people I think the what I try to take away from the contribution that my grandfather made was a recognition that government should see its people to listen to our people to recognize that there are challenges yes that every family
faces that every community faces that our country faces but that at the root of all of it as a person and the human touch and the the commonalities that we share if we are united and come together as a community as a country there's Anna Barry out there that we can't break down and I think he was able to speak to some of those commonalities that actually persisted even the midst of a very tumultuous time and then in the 1960s congressman

Kennedy

thank you very much for being here and
unfortunately sir do you should expect to be asked several more times if you're planning on

running

in 2020 you're not gonna be able to top your masking in flat thank you very much for your time thank you Joe thank you have a great day all right and coming up Paul Ryan's and thoose for review in the 20th century creates an epic Twitter fail that's next hey there I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC thanks for watching MSNBC on YouTube if you want to keep up to date with the videos
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