tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC March 15, 2012 6:00pm-7:00pm PDT
about the other day. >> a republican is coming to your program? i can't score any republicans, not that i want to, but i'm going to watch jim inhofe. >> if you were wondering what the fireworks about in the hallway, it's us celebrating we got a republican coming in here. >> you can ask him why he landed on the wrong runway, but that's a different story. >> next time. thanks, ed. thanks to you at home for staying with us. nothing like pilot humor between guys who fly, right? i have a small beef with the state of oregon, specifically i have a beef with the oregon republican party. the oregon republican party, god bless them, wanted to be players in this year's race for the republican presidential nomination, so in order to try to be players, oregon republicans scheduled a debate. they wanted all the republican nominees to come up to oregon to strut their stuff for oregon voters. makes sense, sort of in the abstract, but oregon republicans scheduled their debate for next
week, for monday, want to know what else is going on in the republican primary in the meantime? well, this weekend is the puerto rico primary, puerto rico, not on the way to oregon from anywhere. after puerto rico, it's illinois. then it's louisiana, then it's d.c., then maryland, then wisconsin, connecticut, delaware, pennsylvania, rhode island, new york, indiana, west virginia, north carolina, you've got to go all the way through those states and to may 15th before you get to the oregon primary, but oregon republicans wanted to hold their debate next week, because what? what, the republican candidates were going to look down the field and decide from this vantage point that on march 19th it was going to be worth it to spend a day in oregon instead of any of the other states that vote before that on the calendar? i do not know what the oregon republican party was thinking, but they thought, apparently, they were going to get all of the republican presidential candidates to fly up to oregon for a debate next week, so when one of those candidates
cancelled, mitt romney has bailed on the idea, oregon republicans, surprise, had to call the whole thing off. where mitt romney is going instead of oregon is across the street from right here, actually, after rick santorum accused the fox news channel earlier this week of shilling, in his words, for mitt romney, mr. romney decided to make fox news awkward about that charge by suddenly agreeing to do a ton of interviews on fox news channel shows. mr. romney was on a show, yesterday mr. romney was on another fox news program hosted by megan kelly. that interview actually ended up being a little testy at times. >> you know, you're struggling, though, with folks that make less than $100,000. >> no, no, no. >> in ohio -- >> you don't win a million more votes than anyone else in this race by just appealing to high-income americans. >> no, no, no, no. point of fact here, i'm on megan
kelly's side. if you are mitt romney, you do win races by just appealing to high-income americans. i mean, we've talked about this on the show. that is how he won ohio. ms. kelly was right about this, mitt romney tied or lost every other income bracket in ohio except ohio republicans making more than $100,000 a year. mitt romney cleaned up in that category and was, thereby, able to win the state, but he lost or tied with everybody else, and it was the same thing in michigan. mitt romney lost every single lower income bracket to rick santorum. everybody who makes less than $100,000 a year in those brackets, he lost. but he won so big in the electorate that he was able to win the entire state. he's only able to win because he wins with wealthy people, even when he loses with everyone else. this is how mitt romney has been winning. 16 states with entrants or exit polling data, where, for example, you find out what
somebody's income is who has voted. mitt romney has won the wealthiest sliver of the electorate in 14 of the 16 states for which we know that kind of information about the voters. the only states where he has not won the wealthiest sliver are alabama and mississippi, but remember, he got creamed in alabama and mississippi. he lost everybody there. he didn't even come in second place in alabama and mississippi, he came in third in both of those states, so, yeah, mitt romney is the rich guy campaign. he owns the richest voters. the other reason mitt romney is available to do interviews at fox news, across the street from here, is because mr. romney has been in new york city the last couple of days raising money from new york city zillionaires, which, financially, makes more sense than flying to oregon for a primary that's two months away. come on, oregon, what were you thinking? mitt romney is one of the richest people to have ever run for president in modern times. he's winning the richest income
brackets pretty much everywhere he competes. he's raised most money from high-dollar donors and is focusing on doing more of that at this point in the campaign. mitt romney is the rich campaign, and is shows. this is mitt romney's spending in illinois right now, campaign and the super pac, compare that to, bonk, yeah, that's the rick santorum spending. this is according to nbc news data. team santorum and his campaign are being outspent by mitt romney 7 to 1 in illinois. this is true in practically every other state. team romney has outspent team santorum 6 to 1. that raises an important question about the rick santorum for president campaign. they have been trying to sell this dynamic as an asset. look how we're able to win some places even though we're being dramatically outspent. they are also, now, trying to brag about how much money they've been able to raise recently, so, you know, if so, it's not showing in illinois.
what are you guys saving it for exactly? rick santorum campaign, are you saving your money for louisiana? let's see the numbers there. oh, no, getting lapped in louisiana too. this is a real question for the santorum campaign. it's a real question about whether or not he is actually a viable contender. the santorum campaign is getting pummelled in the money race, even this far into the campaign, after they've done so surprisingly well, they are getting destroyed in the money race in the primary. how are they going to compete against a sitting president? why should anybody think that they can? money is part of it. it shouldn't be, but money is a big part of it. here's another question. even if rick santorum does great in illinois, he is not allowed to win 10 of the 54 delegates that are at stake in illinois. why is that? because the santorum campaign could not get it together to sign him up to do the paperwork to win those delegates. doesn't matter if you do great if you don't progress towards getting the nomination, and
unless you can collect delegates, you can't progress towards winning the nomination, and rick santorum, like it was in ohio, again, cannot get the delegates, even if he wins, has not done the work. there are only four contests left in the whole inch la da where you can really make up ground towards your delegate count. of those four, one of them is washington, d.c. guess who's not on the ballot in washington, d.c., the rick santorum campaign. why are they not on the ballot in d.c.? according to d.c., they never even asked to be on the ballot there. i have questions for the rick santorum campaign, and apparently we have the rick santorum campaign, who's going to be on the show next. ♪
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signed a date for the wisconsin recalls, the recalls of four republican state senators in wisconsin, and if they are certified, the recalls of scott walker and the state's lieutenant governor, all the recalls, according to this ruling, all the recalls will be held on may 8th, unless there's a primary on the democratic side, those will be may 8th and then the general recall elections will be in june, they'll be june 5th, so may 8th, june 5th, wisconsin recalls. mark your calendars. we'll be right back. when i grow up,
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strategist with the rick santorum campaign, your time is at a premium on a night like this, i know this is a big night for your campaign and you're interested in celebrating, thank you for taking the time to be with us, i appreciate it. >> thank you for taking the time, i hope to speak with you soon. >> i hope to take you up on that. as promised, the senior strategist of the rick santorum campaign who said he'd come back and talk with me has agreed to come back and talk with me, a man of his word, john brabender, thank you so much for being with us live tonight. i really appreciate it. >> thank you for letting me celebrate your all-republican all the time night on your channel. i don't know if this is a big switch or you're going for a new audience, but thank you for inviting me back. >> you're kind for saying it, i always ask republicans to come on the show, nobody ever does, but when it rains, it pours. why aren't you guys on the ballot in washington, d.c., and why didn't the santorum campaign
get all the paperwork in on time in illinois to get all the delegates there? why didn't those things work out? >> yeah, very fair questions. a lot of these delegates and a lot of the ballots you had to get into the petitions and everything else were months and months before the beginning of the year when we were just a skeleton crew, we were concentrating on iowa, that's all we could do was concentrate on iowa, so there were certain states with very high hurdles, in most cases we made those, there are a few small examples where we didn't. we're on every ballot in illinois, anyone who wants to vote for us in illinois can, there are a couple districts where we don't have a delegate there, but generally every place else across illinois people can vote for us. all the other big states coming up, texas, pennsylvania, wisconsin, all those places we're doing well, even utah, we'll be on the ballot there as well, so part of those really
early on we were just a very small shoe string campaign and doing our best, a couple places didn't reach the level we had to, but the dramatic wins we had, double-digit wins, our campaign is bigger now, more sophisticated. we're not the romney campaign, but a much better campaign than we were and i think that's why we're winning so well. >> that dynamic you're talking about, the emergence of the campaign following the senator's success in these primaries, some of it unexpected, frankly, you talked the last time we talked, you talked about how excited you were in february you guys raised $9 million, a lot coming from small donors, your fundraising has picked up, we can see it, that said, you're still getting walloped in the spending race and this is just the primary, i know that's because mitt romney is richy rich, but you're not keeping up with mitt romney, why should people be able to think you'll keep up with president obama?
>> well, first of all, i think if mitt romney was here, what you'd be asking him is how the heck are you spending all this money and not able to win? and so really, this is a great american story that says the guy that simply can write the biggest check is struggling. in kansas saturday, rick santorum got more than the other candidates combined. second of all, the measure you're looking at is simply advertising dollars. in many cases we're choosing to invest on the ground, people, folks, all these type of things rather than in advertising, because if you go on chicago tv, quite frankly, which is the third most expensive media market in the country, you're wasting about 98 cents of every dollar, because it's going for people who aren't going to be voting in a republican primary, so stroo strategically we're smarter, our messenger is better and our message is working. >> of the forth coming
primaries, what do you think you have, in which of those jurisdictions do you think you have the best shot at coming in first again, at a first-place finish? >> well, again, our goal is to get as much delegates, just like theirs is, what you see, everybody has a math problem. we have a long way to go to get to 1,144, but the romney people have an awfully long way to get to 1,044 as well. a state like illinois, we'll do well in some of the congressional districts, other areas will be more moderate that probably romney will do better. louisiana, we think, can be a very, very strong state for us. there was a poll out this week that had us with a five-point lead over everybody else in the field, but i do think what we can't allow to continue to happen is let the conservatives split the vote between a multitude of candidates while romney cleans up with the moderate votes and wins by small margins, like he did in ohio. >> i know your campaign hasn't
been shy about the idea newt gingrich getting out of the race will help you. there was an interesting piece of analysis today from abc news saying that mr. gingrich staying in the race might help you even more since some delegates that mr. gingrich gets are, essentially, delegates that are not going to mr. romney, and more than anything, you need to deny mr. romney the number of delegates he would need to clinch. do you see any logic in that? >> there's a logic up to this point where a lot of those delegates, because they are either unbound or could be committed to somebody else, we could still get those. the flaw in that thinking is when you get to a state like texas, which is going to be winner take all by congressional district. if the conservatives split the vote in each of those congressional districts, it's possible romney can win a bunch of them. if the conservatives and tea party are united behind one candidate, we'll clean up in a state like texas and you'll see big movement in the delegate
counts. >> the math makes sense. we don't agree on anything but the tactics you are trying to get to where you want to get, fascinating, nice for you to come here and explain them to us. john brabender, thank you very much. >> thank you, and i'm one republican that's happy to come back whenever you want to have me. >> thank you, sir, that's excellent. excellent. john brabender, of course, a senior strategist to the santorum campaign. the interview tonight, a politician for six years before i was born, and i'm old, a conversation with a very hard core conservative republican senator, who i have been looking forward to talking to for a very long time, senator james inhofe coming up. the real world. it has under-seat storage to bring everything, available seating for up to seven people to take everyone, and the grip of available all-wheel drive to go everywhere. think of it as a search engine helping you browse the real world. this march, get no extra charge third-row seating
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welcome back. here is oklahoma senator james inhofe. >> my point is, god's still up there, and this is the arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what he is doing in the climate is, to me, outrageous. >> senator james inhofe on global warming. this is one of those issues where if you participate in only conservative media and consult only conservative authorities, you have a totally different understanding about what's happening in the world than the rest of the world does. for example, take what they call "climate gate." in november 2009, someone, we still don't know who, somebody apparently leaked or stole a bunch of e-mails between scientists at the university of east anglia in england, this seemed like a huge scandal at
the time. the senator inhofes of the world are right, the most damning snippets and excerpts of the e-mails made it seem like scientists were manipulating data and doing other shady things to convince us the earth is warming which the earth is not, in fact, warming. the most damning sna sentence is a letter from the director of east anglia. he wrote in this e-mail, "i just added in the real temps to each series from the last 20 years, and from 1961 for keates to hide the decline." there it is right there, see? those scientists are using tricks to hide the fact that the earth's temperature is actually declining. >> these e-mails, if you read through them, they are pretty
damaging. and i'm being gentle. >> they are truly damaging. it's -- it's hard to say how damaging they are. i mean, you've got people saying we need to use that trick to hide the decline. >> what they call mike's trick, i'm going to add certain temperatures on to other temperatures. >> phil jones, the scientist who wrote that e-mail that's getting taken apart there, tried to speak up. he said the word "trick" was used as in a clever thing to do. it's ludicrous to suggest it means anything untored. yeah, right, you climate-hoaxing scientist. then again, the hide the decline part of this damning e-mail, turns out that wasn't about hiding declining temperatures. what they were hiding in the data was the fact that tree rings are less reliable as thermometers after 1960s. we don't exactly know why, but it is a documented thing that if you're using tree rings as a way to tell what temperature things are, that gets less accurate
after 1960, so if you were using tree rings to show temperatures a long time ago, and tres from hundreds of thousands of years ago, it can be misleading to use tree rings for data that covers the last 50 years. luckily, in the last 50 years, we've got other ways of telling temperature. there are other temperature records around, so you can combine that recent data with the tree ring information, so as to make sure you're keeping the data on temperature accurate over time. scientists work like that. science sometimes works like that. the data has to be as accurate as possible, and since data doesn't come down from a mountain on a stone tablet, you have to work to keep the data accurate. using the word "trick" and "hide" in explaining how to keep the tree ring data accurate, makes it sound awful if you take it out of context and put it on fox news, right? but until these e-mails were stolen from scientists, these were scientists e-mailing each
other in work and there's nothing weird about what they were saying. i know, i can hear you now, why believe maddow, why believe me? all right, how about this, the university paid an independent commission, they paid for an independent commission to investigate whether the scientists were being unethical, falsifying data, nobody on the review team was a part of the university. that investigation's 160-page report found, "their rigor and honesty as scientists are not in doubt, in addition, we do not believe they are data." they did find one thing, there has been a consistent pattern of failing to display the open degree of openness. that was the criticism. i know, though, this investigation was funded by this university, i know a global conspiracy when i see one, i don't believe that either.
how about the british parliament, you think they are part of the conspiracy? the british parliament also investigated these scientists, e-mails, and university, they found the contents of the e-mails showed discussions in line with common practice. the phrases were colloquial terms used in private e-mails, not a systemic attempt to mislead. researchers from penn state also investigated the e-mails in climate gate, one of the professors whose e-mails were stolen was a penn state guy. they found no wrong doing. epa looked into it, they found no wrong doing. most of the world who has taken any time to figure out what happened here knows the gate should be removed from climate gate. there was no gate here, there was no real scandal, but this is where the rest of the world and the conservative world diverge, if you only trust conservatives with whom you already agree, the
lesson here is that the whole global warming thing was disproven by that e-mail scandal, it's over now. senator james inhofe has just written a book about how it's all over now, and one of the chapters, chapter six, is called "climate gate." "climate gate equals vindication." that's the title of the chapter, vindication of his career-def e career-definicareer-defin career-defining crusade. even if it is happening, of course, global warming isn't that big a deal, and even if it is a big deal, as you heard at the top of the segment there, god will probably take care of if anyway and we shouldn't be so arrogant to think we could get in god's way of taking care of us. joining us tonight, senator james inhofe of oklahoma. delighted to have him here, i'll be right back. [ male announcer ] wouldn't it be cool
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>> when i talk about all those investigations clearing the scientists and the university and i talk about the general consensus what happened with climate gate being different from your consensus, do you feel i'm part of the hoax, do you feel i'm being misled, how do you feel about that? >> first of all, you talked about fox news and some of the right wing, as you refer to them. let me talk about the left wing and how they responded to it. this claimant gate was a big deal, listen to this. the uk telegraph, one of the biggest ones in london said it's the worst scandal of our generation, the stink of the corruption is overpowering, the ippc -- this is one that came from the united nations, a fraud on a scale i have never seen before. the u.n. scientists, and this guy's dr. phillip lloyd, called it the fraud result is not scientific. "newsweek" changed their opinion
and came out and was condemning it. you can't find anyone white washing this except you. >> i don't have an opinion, the university, the penn state investigation, and the american government's investigation. >> everyone you named was someone investigating themselves. >> higher external rooermers, nobody from the university, they hired an external, independent investigate unit to look into it. do you think it was corrupt? >> east anglia and these organizations here, quite frankly, three of the five i read were very much on the liberal side of this issue for a long period of time. >> the telegraph? >> instead of you and me talking about what our opinion is, let's look and see who the media who studied this is. yeah, the uk telegraph. >> that's the most conservative paper in britain, you know how we have partisan tv, they have non-partisan -- >> they've got other problems too. >> they have non-partisan news
on tv in britain, but they have really partisan papers and the telegraph is the most right wing of all papers. >> the corruption is overpowering, would you say the same about the financial times? >> whatever you think about the financial times, i think saying liberals have decided that climate gate was real was an overstatement. it sort of matters more than what conservative papers in england think about it, right? >> the appropriate thing you may not have remembered, rachel, i asked the question of lisa jackson. by the way, you and lisa jackson and barbara boxer are my three favorite liberals, i enjoy watching you very much. lisa even has a picture of my 20 kids and grandkids hanging on her wall. she and i get along fine. i said i have a feeling as soon as i get out of town, you're going to have an endangerment finding so you can regulate the very thing you could not pass legislatively, that's cap and
trade. she kind of smiled, and i said when this happens, what science are you going to use, she said, of course, the ippc. that's what we've been talking about here. everything that is coming out in terms of regulation or, i should say, overregulation, is going to be predicated on this science, and this is the serious problem that we have. by the way, when i talk about the cost of this thing, back during the time that we're looking at kyoto, the mcclain/lieberman bill, all the cap and trade bills, the cost to the american taxpayers would be between $300 and $400 billion a year. go back to what i thought was the biggest tax increase in three decades, the clinton/goer increase of '93. do you realize i was on your side of this issue when i was chairing that committee and first heard about this? i thought it must be true until i found out what it would cost.
when i started questioning the science, our phone was ringing off the hook in my office in washington by scientists who said that they were -- they were rejected from the process because they didn't agree with the conclusion. >> here's one issue that i had with your book and, i think, your overall approach to the issue. you take small anecdotes and extrapolate to the broader conclusion there is no global warming. you write the media wrote scary stories about a coming ice age and you use that as a data point to point out, to prove there is no global warming today, because the media was wrong before and there is no global warming today, or you write not all scientists agree there is global warming happening, and that's true, but something like 97% of scientists in relevant fields do agree, and they don't all agree, but they mostly do, and you never -- you never concede that in your arguments. >> that's true, rachel. you say something over and over
and over again and people -- particularly your audience, a liberal audience, they want to believe it. i watch you all the time. that 97%, that doesn't mean anything. i named, literally, thousands of scientists on the floor, i didn't name them all by name, but had them on a website people could refer to. these are top people, and i know you get tired of hearing from richard linzen from mit, but he was talking about the severity of this. he said cap and trade or global warming is a regulating cap and trade is a bureaucrats dream. if you regulate carbon, you regulate life, so i'd have to tell you, i know you disagree with this, and i know larry combs disagrees with this, because i had an interview with him, but that's, in my opinion, what it's all about. >> okay, the only point i would say is i think your argument would be stronger if you don't try to make it seem like all scientists are on your side on this, most aren't on your side.
but you do have to concede that new herically, more people are on the other side. >> that was not true. everyone believes that because it came from the ipcc. have you read the book? >> i have read the book, i read the whole thing. >> on the united nations? >> i read the whole thing. >> okay, that's fine. >> i got to say, let me, let me bring up one other thing. >> uh-huh. >> you joke in your book, when people ask you how much of your campaign contributions come from the energy industry, you answer "not enough," which is a very funny answer and your top three donors are coke industries, murray industry, and devin energy, an oil and gas company. >> great group. >> why wouldn't a reasonable person learn that about you and assume that your anti-global warming, pro-fossil fuel stance is what your donors are paying
for? >> doesn't really make any difference, there's an article that you would love, and i dare say you haven't seen it yet, it was in "nature" magazine, a very liberal publication, or publication on your side, and they talk about this thing from american university, they say why is it we, on the global warming side, are not winning? we are spending more money, we have the media on our side eight to ten, 80% of the media is on our side, yet we're losing, then they go into the detail how much money comes out. did you know, and i dare say a lot of your guys on your program in your camp don't realize that the environmentalist groups raised, and this is in the period of 2009-2010, $1.7 billion as opposed to the other side, $900 million, so you're talking about spending twice as much money. >> you think that the environmental groups have more money to spend on this issue
than the entire energy industry, the energy industry is the poor partner here? >> absolutely. moveon.org, george source, all the michael moores, yeah, they sure do. >> i would put michael moore up against exxon any day. >> rachel, this is in their article, and, again, it pretty well documented, i suggest you read that. maybe the most recent copy. anyway, about the study done by american university, so you could use the argument, but, you know, assuming that you're bought and paid for. all i want to do in energy is b. we have more recoverable reserves than any country in the world, more than any country in coal, oil, gas, we could be completely self sufficient from the middle east just with the canada, mexico, and us, in a very short period of time. we're the only country in the world that doesn't exploit our own resources.
you heard today the president made a speech where he talked about he wants all the above and all that, but, again, when it gets down to it, i'm sure it upsets a lot of your people out there. he really doesn't. he has fought this tooth and nail, fossil fuels. >> oil production has gone up. oil production has gone up under president obama compared to what it was under president bush. >> absolutely, and there's a good reason for that because of the new shale findings are there. >> talking about him as a guy stopping production is not true. >> look at all in -- you normally don't expect it, in new york, in pennsylvania, the marcellus there, all the tuch opportunities, we have a guy up right now in dakonorth dakota, biggest problem is they are fully employed, can't find anyone to work. >> the point you made here is president obama is blocking production and doesn't want us to be producing energy.
energy production, oil production in particular, is up under president obama versus president bush, so making this a problem with president obama doesn't make any sense. >> it makes sense because these finds took place, they were into the oil sands the way they are now. when i say we could run the united states of america at present consumption for 90 years on natural gas and 60 years on oil, that's true today. if we were having this conversation two months from now, it would probably be 110 years and 80 years because of what's going on out there, but that's in spite of the president. the president will tell you that he's done everything he can to stop fossil fuels, hasn't he? >> i know you'll understand we have to take a commercial break for a second. do you mind sticking around? >> i'd love to. >> senator james inhofe of oklahoma when we come back in just a moment. back then, he had something more important to do. he wasn't focused on his future
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2009, did you actually watch that show? >> you have to repeat it. >> december 3, 2009, i mentioned you on my show, and you, twice in the book, write about how i talked to you in the show. did you watch the show? >> i'm sure i did. this book is 320 pages of fine print. i can't remember exactly what happened on that date. if you tell me, i'll tell you whether or not, you know. >> it's the part about me, so i just wanted to -- you made it seem in your book i went after you because you had just gone to the copenhagen summit. >> i see. >> that's not what i was talking about on the show that day. here's what we talked about on the show that day. i want you to see it now. >> the family, of course, the secretive religious organization that runs the dormitory for lawmakers in washington is led by a man named doug coe. james inhofe credits doug coe
for launching his own activism in africa. >> always been behind the scenes and quiet. he talked me into going to africa, i had no interest in going to africa. >> uganda's first lady became a born again christian. her husband, the president, is said to have serious ties to the family. sames goes to the ethics minister of uganda, as well as legislators there. senator james inhofe made at least 20 trips to africa just since 1999, mostly to uganda, as well as ethiopia. this year, a group of evangelicals traveled, homosexuality is a choice, can be cured by jesus. anti-gay by american evangelicals and assurances from conservative american politic n
politicians that we can solve that nation's aids problem. the culmination is a piece of legislation that's been introduced in that country that attempts, it says, to tackle the aids problem in that country and the problem of homosexuality all at once, a bill that calls for the execution for any gay ugandan that's hiv-positive caught having sex. not just gay ugandans, the sentence just for being gay is life imprisonment. this bill was written by a ugandan legislator, reportedly taken in by senator james inhofe and the family here in america. we've been repeated calls to inhofe and brownback, we have yet to hear back from either of them on this issue, despite the fact they've been so proudly outspoken on issues affecting uganda. >> senator, when you talked about that show in your book, you made it sound i was going after you for copenhagen, that was the actual context, and that
"kill the gays" bill is back now. are you for it or against it? >> are you saying, are you suggesting, rachel, i want to make sure everyone understands this, that i am for executing gays, that i somehow knew something about what their philosophy is over there and what they're doing legislatively? i know uganda, i now ethiopia, i know ghana, i know benin, i know africa better than anyone else certainly in the united states senate. i've spent a lot of time over there, i've developed close relations over there. when 9/11 happened, i was the only member of the armed services committee who knew where africa was, we were making a decision to get into africa to help train them to resist all the things coming into the state, into the country, into the continent. that's what i did. so i do know africa well. as far as doug c oroe is concer, when you hear about -- i can't think of a better example.
i wish you knew dug coe. i've never known anyone in my life who loves everyone. i see him persecuted and my heart bleeds for him. i'm sorry you did that. that's way out of -- >> i did that in 2009. that's what you were quoting me from totally out of context. the reason i'm asking -- >> i go with what i said. i think it's really bad. when you go after a guy like that just because he believes -- i'm sorry, go ahead. >> kill the gays bill sponsor has brought the bill back now. he's telling reporters as of last month that the whole idea for the kill the gays bill came from, as "the new york times" put it, quote, a conversation with members of the fellowship, aka, the family in 2008 zblast wro. >> that's wrong. >> that's what he said. >> who is he? >> he said it was too late in america to propose such legislation. >> can you tell me who he is? >> david behadi was described as the family and the fellowship's
key man in ugandan. did you talk to ugandan legislators -- >> i don't have any idea who you're talking about and i certainly don't have any idea on this accusations of executing gays. you know, let's talk about the book. let's talk about something to do with global warming instead of getting off on these hysterical things. >> certainly, sir, this isn't hysterical. this is the context in which you brought me up in your book, totally out of context. i'm trying to redress something that's wrong in your book. i wasn't talking about copenhagen when i brought you up. i was talking about uganda and your contacts with ugandan legislators and influential people in uganda who claim their relationship with american conservatives such as yourself, fellowship, is how they came up with the kill the gays bill. that's why i'm asking you. >> i don't know anything about it and the individuals you're talking about, i don't know -- i do know doug, and i can't think of a greater injustice being done to any great person than what's been done to him.
>> i'd be happy to talk to him if he returns my calls. we've tried to contact him a number of times on this issue and he won't talk. >> that sounds good. >> let's ask you one question so we can agree on something. >> did you like the chapter about the igloo my daughter wrote? >> it was a funny anecdote. the fact your family calls you pop eye. >> i remember when my granddaughter came over to the country, i think this might be in the book, said, popeye, why don't you understand global warming? i went back and checked. she was in a public school. everything came from the environmental protection agency brainwashing my grandkids in school. this is my goal to stop, that is unelected bureaucrats taking positions, contrary to the elected officials in brainwashing our kids. that would be a good subject for you and me to talk about sometime. >> here's something on which i
think we might be able a agree on, whether or not we agree on brainwashing. it is the issue of free market capitalism and energy. even if we don't agree on global warming, shouldn't you and i agree that taxpayers shouldn't be giving $4 billion a year in subsidies to the oil industry because the oil industry is so profitable? and even if they're not profitable, shouldn't the free market be taking care of that? why are we subsidizing oil? >> those are taxes. when they talk about the manufacturing tax that they're talking about repealing, that obama's been trying to go in his effort to do away with fossil fuels, that's a tax all manufacturers pay and that's one that is for them -- you talk about the subsidies, what about subsidies for wind, solar, all of those subsidies? i have to say, a lot of those came during the bush administration. >> the $4 billion in taxes they would pay if they weren't singled out to get a tax subsidy for their manufacturing, don't you think that the oil industry can handle that on their own? they don't need that kind of
help, do they? >> they're actually doing very well right now. i'm glad we're finding this -- they are key do being self-sufficient. i think it could happen. by the way, we do agree on one other thing, rachel, i say the same thing about my friend, barbara boxer. i really love people who are liberal and are honest about it. the ones i don't like are the hypocrites. i had a good friend that was a very liberal person i served with in congress who's deceased now. i said, how in the world can you get by with all those liberal positions? and you're from the state of oklahoma. he said, it's very -- it's easy and all you do is vote liberal and press release conservative. can you name one person who votes conservative and press releases liberal? >> well, a lot of liberals think that about most democrats. that democrats try to seem more liberal than they are and go along with you guys too much. so i think this is -- we live at opposite ends of the telescope, senator. when you look into the middle,
we can't see much of each other. i appreciate trying. i'm grateful you were here. senator james inhofe of oklahoma. his new book is called "the greatest hopes: how the global warming conspiracy threatens your future." we'll be right back. [ degeneres ] what's more beautiful than a covergirl? two covergirls. get two miracles in one product. new tone rehab 2-in-1 foundation. covers spots, lines... and wrinkles. and helps improve skin tone over time.
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