Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Marin and Berkowitz question Daley and Sebelius; Pallasch, Bevan and Berkowitz question Harold Ford; Berkowitz questions Obama, Emanuel and Madigan

Jeff Berkowitz: Might you think that the [kids in the] City of Chicago, and you could do something about it, symbolically and otherwise, might benefit…in schools that are not performing well [from] having some school choice. Would you possibly favor that?

Barack Obama: You know, one thing that I do favor and this is legislation that is going to be coming up in Springfield next week and that is an expansion of …
The "Public Affairs," show with Obama, Daley, Sebelius, Ford, Emanuel and Madigan airs throughout the City of Chicago tonight, , at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV) and that same night on cable in Aurora and surrounding areas at 7:30 pm on ACTV-10. The Aurora station, Aurora Community Television, Comcast Cable Ch. 10, reaches all of Aurora, Bristol, Big Rock and parts of Oswego, Sandwich, Sugar Grove and Montgomery.
Also now posted on our Youtube page (top left hand corner] is tonight's Chicago and Aurora edition of "Public Affairs," featuring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, DLC Chairman Harold Ford questioned by Jeff Berkowitz ("Public Affairs," and the Illinois Channel), Carol Marin (WTTW), Tom Bevan (Real Clear Politics), Abdon Pallasch (Chicago Sun-Times) and others at [or immediately after] a Democratic Leadership Council Press Conference held on June 30, 2008 in Chicago, IL; Barack Obama questioned by Jeff Berkowitz on November 25, 2002; Cong. Rahm Emanuel (5th CD, D-Chicago) and Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D-IL) questioned by Jeff Berkowitz at the DLC National Conversation, held on June 30, 2008, in Chicago, IL. Watch the show here.
Tune in to tonight's Chicago and Aurora edition of "Public Affairs," to watch the above referenced-exchanges, and more, introduced by Show Host and Executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz [See, here, for a more detailed list of show topics and a partial transcript of the show ].

You can watch the show with Obama, Daley, Sebelius, Ford, Emanuel and Madigan on your computer, 24-7. It is anticipated the show will also air next week, or soon thereafter, on the Illinois Channel across the state of Illinois.
A Partial Transcript of tonight's Chicago/ Aurora edition of Public Affairs, featuring Obama, Daley, Sebelius, Ford, Emanuel and Madigan is included, below:
Rahm Emanuel’s Sarah Lawrence economics: The greater the price, the less competing firms offer for sale?

Cong. Rahm Emanuel [D-Chicago]: The oil companies own sixty eight million acres of public land. Thirty years of natural gas supply…Use it, or lose it.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, you know they deny it’s thirty years. They say a lot of those [leases] are dry holes, and they say that’s only a small percentage of off-shore drilling. That’s what the oil companies say. That’s what McCain says.

Cong. Emanuel: And they got those permits because they thought, and they bidded on those permits because they believed, as even the government geologists thought, there’s supply there. They’re hoarding those supplies.

Jeff Berkowitz: Why would they do that? At a hundred and forty dollars per barrel of oil, why would you hoard something? Why wouldn’t you sell?

Cong. Emanuel: Because-

Jeff Berkowitz: Why wouldn’t you drill?

Cong Emanuel: What happened here and everybody knows this, they got caught flat-footed. They didn’t have the machinery and the capacity to deal with this. And all they’re trying to do is use the crisis as another reason to get at stuff that they what.
Lisa Madigan: Ready for Governor or Senator?

Jeff Berkowitz: You mention Social Security. Have you heard anything here or elsewhere that you think would be a good approach to reforming and dealing with the Social Security issues?

Attorney General Lisa Madigan [D-IL]: I just got here this morning, so—I mean, people haven’t—ask somebody else.

Jeff Berkowitz: Let me ask you about Illinois, because as you know, many people think, and the Governor thinks, we have about a two billion dollar deficit in the budget that was presented to him. One, do you agree, and if so, how do you think that deficit ought to be handled?

Attorney General Madigan: I’m going to leave that up to the Governor and the Legislature. As the Attorney General, we’re a revenue-generating area of government.
Liberal Obama in sync with centrist DLC?

Abdon Pallasch [Chicago Sun-Times]: Is there any issue on which Barack Obama and the DLC are not completely aligned, [on which] you’re still trying to bring him around? Any issue that you’re still working on him on, or is he completely in line with the DLC agenda?

Harold Ford [DLC Chairman]: I mean, Barack is, Senator Obama is for a balanced budget.

Abdon Pallasch: Uh, uh.

Harold Ford: He is for creating a “green way” that will allow for the creation of new jobs.

Abdon Pallasch: Uh, uh

Obama: for a strong military and strong family values?

Harold Ford: He’s a firm believer that the country has to keep a strong military, and he’s committed, as he’s said in speech after speech, to finding ways to encourage the passage of legislation that will help families remain strong and remain vibrant, so I think we are in line with Senator Obama on all of those issues, yes.

Abdon Pallasch: The DLC was basically created to bring the Democratic Party more to the center. Is the Party pretty much there, or what are the issues you’re still trying to bring the Democratic--

Harold Ford: …I guess that’s another way of asking the question and I think that his values are-

DLC- a political organization Hell bent on electing Obama?

Abdon Pallasch: Everybody needs to get on the same page?

Harold Ford: We have one goal, and that’s electing Barack Obama the next President of the United States. We believe that four more years of George Bush through John McCain would be very hurtful to the economy, would slow us down in finding energy sources, and would make it more difficult to balance the budget and create the kind of jobs we need to do going forward. Let me get in here because my panel is running—

Did then Tennessee congressman Harold Ford support going into Iraq?

Jeff Berkowitz: One last question, in 2002, did you support authorizing the President to take military action in Iraq?

Harold Ford: I supported the Iraq Authoriziation, which as you recall was not to go to war—it was shortly after a 15-0 vote that Colin Powell-

Any regrets by Harold Ford?

Jeff Berkowitz: Do you regret that vote now?

Harold Ford: I’m not in the business of regretting-- Naturally, if I knew then when I know now, I would hope that the President would not have brought the matter before the Congress.

Jeff Berkowitz: If you knew there weren’t weapons of mass destruction?

Harold Ford: I think if we all knew—you have to remember the context—if we all knew, I don’t think the President would have brought the bill to the floor. What I regret is the way he went about using the authorization that Congress gave him. Where we are now--

Jeff Berkowitz: What did he do wrong, the President?

Harold Ford: You all have written a lot about it, you oughta—but let me get inside to our—
Thanks to "Public Affairs," intern Amy Allen for preparing a draft of the above partial transcript of tonight's edition of "Public Affairs."
Camerawork for "Public Affairs," and "Illinois Channel," at the DLC Press Conference and for the post presser interviews with Chairman Harold Ford, Cong. Emanuel and Attorney General Madigan, by Raza Siddiqui of Skyline Media Inc. [Contact Raza at-- Skylinemediainc@gmail.com]