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'This Week' Web Extra: Rep. Keith Ellison

The Democratic congressman and Progressive Caucus co-chair answers viewer questions.
5:03 | 06/09/13

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I mentioned all of this week -- George Stephanopoulos and I'm joined today by representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota they've had been I done. He's the first Muslim elected to congress and we got a lot of questions on -- space. And so the first question comes from Terry grenade to -- Howard and she says what attracted you to it. -- -- -- Well it's it's it's universal acceptance of all people. You know what I'm not saying that no Muslims are our -- some are certainly. But the faith condemns it in his very explicit about -- -- people whatever your color ethnic background or anything like that. So the unity in the acceptance of humanity is something that I think is really important. The next question comes from the Linda ska -- -- -- she says I would like to ask him. What day to day life in congress is like for him considering there are so many narrow minded people. Serving people the -- I think she's talking about being one of the only Muslims in congress -- -- uncomfortable for you. No it's not a mean she might be surprised to know that I get along really well with all of my colleagues. Usually. Things go along just fine sometimes. When it comes to issues of intolerance. There -- issues but I found myself able to walk up and talked to nearly every one -- I've I've approached Peter king -- approached. Even Michelle Bachmann about. Things that have come up regarding. Issues that I may have had with some -- they were reported to have said. In both of them have been open to the conversation we -- necessarily agree. But we walked away both feeling respected. -- the fact is is that we are in a -- time a polarization because America's polarized. Opinion on the general issue polarization. You know with the -- never forget that -- in when Joseph Wilson yelled out you lie. He got a lot of campaign donations across America for that. And you know when people on -- the democratic in. Say something inflammatory you know we give support to my point is America's -- therefore congress is polarized. And we've got to figure out how to build a new national consensus around how we all -- and we all matter and are all part of this American family. Cut in the final -- your question is from pat Healy. And he says do you think there's two are there too many politicians talking about religion as we talk about religion but is -- too much religion in politics. I don't think religion has. Go on beyond its its its traditional role as contemplated by the constitution. Congress says I -- the constitution is -- says congress shall make no law establishing. A religion. And I don't think it has it also says congress shall make no law abridging the free exercise of religion that means that. You know the constitution recognizes that Americans are civic beings but also religious people who. And then it's okay to be both but you can't impose your religious -- views on. Everyone else I think we're I think every now again you know we -- blur the line but in general we cut the right balance -- it comes -- these issues. OK so now some are our lightning round and the first question is name an issue that you and the president disagree on. Well the I didn't I didn't agree when the president. Throughout the issue of Social Security. Being subject to change CPI which is a reduction. In India way we count inflation. It would lead to a lower Social Security payment or lower Social Security cost of living allowance for seniors and veterans disabled veterans. The president I'd I know. Was simply trying to induce Republicans into negotiation regarding sequester so I know why he was doing it but I don't think it's right to put Social Security. On the bargaining table and I told him that. And that he told me what he did when he did. -- so that's one thing the president and I. Don't exactly -- upon. Okay and your favorite thing about Minnesota where -- front all while the people. The people of Minnesota are warm hearted generous inquisitive we got the highest voter turnout in the country. You know even though I come from a pretty democratic district. People challenge me every day about my votes -- offer their views on what I should be doing. It's really engaging political environment. Okay most likely 2016 presidential. Nominees Democrat Republican OK Hillary Clinton. And Chris Christie -- for -- and finally you're guilty pleasure. -- my guilty pleasure my guilty pleasure I would say is chocolate I really like that stood stuff. Something never intends or Pakistan the well thank you so much for taking time to answer your questions today congressman appreciate it and take you to everyone -- submitted their questions from the congressman you can follow shelling Twitter at this week ABC. And polished -- on FaceBook at FaceBook dot com slash this week 86. They spend. Thank you.

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