Monday, March 4, 2013

Labrador on NBC: Minorities Should Move to Idaho Where Minorities Get Elected

Posted By on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador was one of the few U.S. House Representatives who didn't go home this past weekend. But he surfaced in a familiar setting.

Labrador appeared on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, his fifth visit to the program. Labrador also visited ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos in December 2012.

The no-surprise grist for the Sunday morning mill was the standoff over the sequestration cuts, which went into effect early Saturday morning, threatening federal funding to scores of departments and agencies, including the military, health and welfare, and education.

"Think about the families, in the last four or five years, that had to cut spending," Labrador told Meet the Press host David Gregory. ""We're talking about two cents of every dollar spent in Washington, D.C., that had to be cut. We're borrowing between 35 cents and 42 cents, every single year, of every dollar. And we're worried about two cents of every dollar."

Labrador also accused President Barack Obama of political gamesmanship surrounding the cuts, which are expected to become severe in the next 30 days.

"The president is going to try to make sure Republicans feel the pain in their districts, instead of doing the responsible thing," said Labrador. "We can find ways to cut in Washington, D.C., that are responsible and appropriate and that are not painful."

When asked about last week's arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, where the high court is being asked to uphold a provision allowing the federal government ongoing oversight of balloting in several Southern states with histories of discrimination, Labrador implied that Idaho had no discrimination problem.

"I welcome all minorities to move to Idaho and other states that are willing to vote statewide for minorities," he said. "Idaho is about 90 percent white and they have no problem voting for racial minorities to represent them."

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