Reps. Sununu and McIntyre
April 9, 1997
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Is Congress too skittish about the coming budget fight? How weak is Gingrich as a leader? Is Congress focusing on "sexy" issues rather than real ones? Is Senate confirmation an inquisition? REP. MCINTYRE: How can Congress make the Internet affordable for all schools? REP. SUNUNU: By sticking by Gingrich, are you hurting America? REP. MCINTYRE: What education reforms do you see coming in this Congress?
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A question from Mario H. de la Plata of North Fort Myers, FL:
Question to Rep. Sununu
While the arrogant Mr. Gingrich seems to have become somewhat contrite since he well aware of where he stands both in his own party and in the eyes of all Americans, he will never represent Republican Conservatism in the same way, for example, in the same way your father does. The latter comes across as a decent person without the overbearing arrogance of the Speaker and his new cronies in the House. I admire you and your father for your defense of Gingrich; that's called playing ball with your colleagues. But is it "playing ball" with America?
Congressman Sununu responds:
I appreciate your kind words regarding my father's work on Crossfire. You are correct that the way we present our views, and fairness in treating others have an enormous impact on how we are perceived by the public. This fact needs to be recognized by all of our leaders from the Speaker to the newest members of Congress and all political activists at the local level.