Monday, May 24, 2004

Updated May 24, 2004 at 1:30 am

This week's (Week of May 24) suburban edition of "Public Affairs," [See, the last two paragraphs of this blog entry for our suburban airing schedule] features Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr.(D- Homewood; 2nd Cong. District), debating and discussing with show host and legal recruiter Jeff Berkowitz the War in Iraq, building model democracies in the Middle East, Building Peotone Airport and expanding O'Hare Airport, Economic Development in the south side of Chicago and the South suburbs, a casino for the 2nd Cong. District and school vouchers/school choice. A partial transcript of the show with Cong. Jackson is included, below, and a supplemental transcript will be added to this blog, probably later in the day on Monday.

The show with Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr.(D- Homewood; 2nd Cong. District), will also air through-out the City of Chicago next Monday night, May 31, Memorial Day, at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21.

Jeff Berkowitz: Let me just ask you if you would concede two things: would you concede that it is possible that there still are WMD in Iraq that we haven't found? And, two, would you concede that it is possible that at some point between the time we made it clear that we were likely to take military action in Iraq and the time that we did, which was at least five or six months, that those WMD were shipped out, whether it was to Syria, or some other place, So, would you concede those two things as possibilities, not necessarily as things you believe are accurate?

Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr.: I am not going to concede hypotheses. What I will concede is that there are WMD in North Korea and we are not doing anything about it. And, we are not even having a conversation--

Berkowitz: Well, we are more limited as to what we can do there, aren't we?

Cong. Jackson: Well--

Berkowitz: Unless we want to take a higher risk of nuclear war.

Cong. Jackson: The message we are sending to our children, Jeff, is that is that the means justifies the ends-- in this case, the end itself justifies the means and what we are also suggesting is that we have a different standard for North Korea and the people in the Middle East and that different standard unfortunately could very well come back to haunt future generations of Americans. The precise goal that we sought to avoid-- the way in which we handled this conflict would be a message-- to future generations.
Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr.(D- Homewood; 2nd Cong. District), filmed on May 16, 2004, and as will be cablecast on "Public Affairs," the Week of May 24 on Comcast Cable in the suburbs and on Memorial Day, May 31 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 through-out the City of Chicago.
The suburban edition of "Public Affairs," is broadcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

The suburban edition also is broadcast every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.
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