January 04, 2019

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss the incoming members of Congress including a historical number of women in the Freshman class and will Sen. Bernie Sanders run for President?

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Del. Eleanor  Holmes Norton (D-DC); Rina Shah, Republican Strategist; Erin Matson, Co-Founder, Repro-Action; Ann Stone Co-founder Women for Trump

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116th Congress

The incoming class has been sworn in and Nancy Pelosi is House Speaker? How will the new face of Congress make change?

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “I am not at all troubled that there are some young progressives, that is what they are supposed to be... our Party has always been diverse.”

  • Ann Stone: “The [new women Congress members] have a chance to maybe bring a new way of doing things, the fact that 70% of them have never held elected office is going to be very interesting. That may have more impact on the system than even them being women.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “We should point out (Nancy Pelosi) single-handedly, more than President Obama, is responsible for the Affordable Care Act.”

  • Erin Matson: “My money is on the young, progressive, women building a true pipeline for justice in the future.”  

  • Rina Shah: “What these young, progressive, women are going to do- I’m still a Conservative. I like to think I’m more of a moderate Republican, but I think it’s great what they are doing. Lauren Underwood, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, these women to me sort of represent a new era. A breath of fresh air.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders For President?

Will Bernie Sanders run for President after facing allegations of sexual misconduct among staffers during his previous presidential campaign bid?

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “He’s going to have to do more than say ‘I’m sorry’. He didn’t pay attention to it and I think it sends a wake up call to all of these men and women who are running for President. You all better look deeply at yourselves.”

  • Ann Stone: “(Elizabeth Warren) is the most credible of all the Senators who are trying to run.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “The presidential primaries are going to be quite some zoo this time. At least 20 on the Democrat side, and probably two or three on the Republican side.”

  • Erin Matson: “I think Elizabeth Warren has a chance of getting the nomination. She’s a serious candidate. I say that as someone who attends Netroots Nation every year, which is the largest conference - thousands of progressives. People have been holding up signs begging her to run for president since 2014 when I started attending. She’s got a base of support that is real and is something to be reckoned with. She’s an intellectual force within the progressive movement.”

  • Rina Shah: “(Bernie Sanders) bid was already tired before this story came out and I don’t mean to be ageist at all just because he’s also growing older. It’s because he’s been there done that and I don't think he is somebody who can take on Trump.”

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