Transcript: Gen. Casey, Steele vs Kaine

STEELE: What jobs are small business owners creating right now? We have a 10.2...

KAINE: I'll talk about it. Let me answer it...

STEELE: Excuse me, no. We have...

KAINE: You just asked me a question. Let me answer it.

STEELE: I am going to answer it for you...

STEPHANOPOULOS: That's the question you answered...

(CROSSTALK)

STEELE: We have a 10.2 unemployment rate right now. Where do you think that comes from?

KAINE: Let me answer.

STEELE: That comes from small business owners who can't hire. That comes from small business...

KAINE: OK, now do I get to answer the question?

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let him answer the question.

STEELE: No, wait, Governor, you filibustered on the federal stuff. Let me talk about where (ph) the real people are.

KAINE: OK, I'm going to answer. George, I'm a governor.

STEELE: The reality of it is...

KAINE: I am a governor, and we have got small businesses all over...

(CROSSTALK)

KAINE: ... small businesses all over Virginia that are doing infrastructure projects because of this stimulus bill. Water and treatment, water and sewage treatment plants, roads. A great example...

STEELE: A government contract work. That's not creating jobs!

KAINE: Are you kidding me?

STEELE: That's not...

KAINE: Innovation and construction is very, very important to the economy. GDP is growing again...

STEELE: What about the brother on the corner with his...

KAINE: GDP is growing again...

STEELE: ... grocery store?

KAINE: ... for the first time in two years. At the end of the Bush administration, fallen by 6.5 percent a year. Now it's going up by 3.5 percent a year. I know Michael wants to explain it away, but that's a good thing.

(CROSSTALK)

STEPHANOPOULOS: I want to ask Michael Steele about this race up in New York, the special election where Republicans did lose. And that seemed to be a race where Republicans pushed their candidate out of the center, (inaudible), the Democrat, Bill Owens, is a member of Congress today. How concerned are you by this dynamic that seems to be developing not only in that race but a lot of Senate primaries around the country, where conservative candidates are pushing moderates out of the middle?

STEELE: Well, my concern in New York 23 was a process. I mean, it was a failed process from the very beginning. The reality of it is, this was a play to grab a state Senate seat. It wasn't about electing a Republican or a Democrat necessarily to the United States Congress. The local party, 11 county chairmen, made the decision who they wanted. They drew Senator Owens out into the race. He ran, and then that opened up the Senate seat. The reality of it was, it was not a reflection of what the people in that community wanted. You saw the primary eventually played out between the moderate and the conservative Republican in that district...

STEPHANOPOULOS: And they elected a Democrat.

STEELE: And they elected a Democrat. And guess what, we'll get the seat back, because this Democrat in the first 24 hours of taking office has broken four of his pledges, first starting by saying he wasn't going to support this monstrosity of a health care bill. The reality of it is, with a better, cleaner process there, where the people actually get to make the choice of who they want and you don't have back-room bosses making those decisions, you'll get the kind of results that will sustain us in that seat.

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