Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Raj on Glenn Beck

On Monday, Raj discussed border security with Headline News’ Glenn Beck. Below is a transcript:

Beck: Now, former "Apprentice" contestant and current Pennsylvania candidate Raj Bhakta. Raj, how did this -- how did this idea come to you?

Bhakta: Glenn, it came to me after watching a guy literally come under the official U.S./Mexico international bridge in Brownsville, Texas. I was there. The guy came right under the nose of U.S. security. I figured if this guy can get across right here, only getting caught, in fact, as a result of having given him chase, you could probably get an elephant across. You could probably get an elephant and a mariachi band across. For that matter you could probably get Osama bin laden dressed as Osama bin Laden across.

Beck: Now, you actually chased the guy?

Bhakta: Yes, absolutely. Absolutely.

Beck: Got to love that! Don`t think we have anybody else in Congress doing that.

Bhakta: We need more people. People of action in Congress.

Beck: Do you think -- you`re a Republican?

Bhakta: I am.

Beck: Do you think that the border issue the way it`s been handled by the Republicans is just going to end up being the death of them?

Bhakta: Well, I think it`s clearly, sadly, political corruption on both sides. Overwhelmingly Republicans and Democrats agree that something needs to be done. You know this. But the Democrats are addicted to the notion that minority votes are Democratic votes and Republicans, due to the ties with small business, want to keep the border open for cheap labor. But the tragedy here is that we`ve gone and spent nearly a trillion dollars in the name of national security, gone into Iraq, gone into Afghanistan, passed the Patriot Act, created the Homeland Security Department, untold treasure and lives and fortune, and I can carry on like this on the border, and people come across right under the bridge. It`s a joke.

Beck: All right. So, Raj, honestly, you know, I -- there`s -- I think we are facing some of the most critical elections of our country`s history in the next few elections. This -- this one coming up is very important. I`ve been on the radio program just saying, please look into all of these candidates to make sure that they`re not jokes. Here you are, a game show contestant. Tell me -- tell me your stance on Iran. What do you think of these guys?

Bhakta: Clearly, I think nuclear proliferation is the biggest threat to civilization going forward. It needs to be the policy of the United States, with respect to Iran and North Korea, to bring the maximum -- maximum leverage possible upon them. Now, the point here is I think the war in Iraq has shown the limitations of American unilateral power. We`re stretched out very thinly. So we need diplomacy here. We need to work with the French and the Europeans. It`s not easy to work with the French. We know this. But we`ve got to.

Beck: Right. We`re going to France. You know what? I almost want to put you in Congress just to see you pull that one off.

Bhakta: Yes.

Beck: Raj, thank you very much.

Bhakta: Take care, sir.

Beck: Best of luck to you.

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