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Call an -- senator counselor or candidate for president how about all around good guy you'd be right joining me now Fred Thompson author of the book.
Teaching the pig to dance a memoir of growing up and second chances senator thank you for Joanna Gleason who you are absolutely -- what does the name teaching the pig to dance what it would mean -- that.
Yeah well I would be the period of course in this case playing -- featured part.
I was hard headed I had a hard time learning things almost want that I passed through its server etc.
I was a hard got a few tuning in this is the way my family and my friends and my.
My teachers all thought about me that's there's -- saying.
Down home that when you're engaged in a fruitless endeavor talent pitch in the big events at that it's a waste of your time that it irritates the period.
And I'm sure that's exactly way they thought about me for a long long time.
Now I have read through the book and there's some really really great stories one -- that struck me.
When you talk about the dinner table conversations.
We've a lot of us make -- appointed to spend time with the family at the dinner table what did you learn would you take away in the specifically say.
What's the proper role of government you talk about that over the dinner table.
Yeah did you know -- -- -- The it didn't have any any formal education.
Views -- But.
Smart common sense.
The main thing I learned from him was was was trying to do the right thing taken the individual responsibility.
And that extrapolated kind of you know for the government and government policies and so forth and know what proper role of government wasn't.
You know let's say you never had an SBA loan and you never have.
Any support from anybody -- -- -- or tax breaks and everything else -- his own little business.
And he he'd be made it just -- he expected us.
Two to look the same way and accept responsibility for ourselves and take advantage of the opportunities we have -- that -- You know that's guided me Bob -- -- town was democratic.
Came and came home from college.
Very goal waters the man I'm going to be a Republican and because I was thinking about what I wanted to be what I was gonna be enough oil was -- which was.
Pretty miserable in a lot of respect.
It's all right so let's talk about Tea Party then the attitudes the Tea Party is for smaller government we had.
Governor Rendell from Pennsylvania on a couple days ago when he said you know you probably get more people to come out in support of saving the puppies in DC than the Tea Party.
-- it is the Tea Party real movement.
Yeah I don't think your question about it -- its broader community partners.
There's been there's been.
A backlash there there's been call it revolution of sorts.
Brewing for some some time that we've been understanding intellectually.
That we are bankrupt in this nation that we're not doing the right thing that we're raising a generation that's not gonna have the same opportunities.
That we did first generation that -- will be people have a situation.
Now it's all come together who who knows exactly why obviously Obama's policies and health care and a lot of those things what's going on in the -- -- of Athens Greece right now.
Those things come together but.
-- it's it's a wonder it hasn't happened before before now but there's an awful lot of people there I'm particularly struck by the independence.
But I see in the polls that are going heavily that way also concerned about the future of our country and what we're doing to it whether or not.
We're going to second rate status that's behind all of it.
It's a senator let let's have a little bit of -- of this week Gundy competitive in Connecticut the senate race reachable at all and running there.
Recently spent months and you know what I did lie a little bit about my my service.
We think that the -- misspoke spoke.
He -- a difference there.
I'm thinking about the best word here grows and I assume -- -- -- from world war.
I think is the most despicable reprehensible thing a reasonable position do.
He not only just flat out lie on -- -- numerous occasions he's now wrapping himself.
In the cloak.
Of the military -- of their armed services and of the VFW.
Where I want to try to explain observed you very qualified to be a member of that because it -- a foreign war.
They got five deferments and apparently lied about his motivation is -- that's concerned and I'll turning it on.
Those who would would question him -- -- he.
He is he is giving.
Unscrupulous lying scoundrel politicians a bad name it's the worst case I've ever seen out here.
We've only got a democratic primary a couple people in the Republican primary.
Whoever you vote -- you know forget about.
A lot of these other high profile Democrats I mean that -- deserves.
You know to go back and do -- and private life for -- while these these these absolutely.
-- -- and he should pull himself that race absolutely.
Because there's always people is obviously got his sound move on the par as you know ever since it came out of the -- and -- -- -- yourself up you know the pick Chris Dodd's seat and associating himself with all the good causes for veterans out there that some of them don't know any better -- should know better so but always always supported veterans' causes and he came over rainy night you know and spoke to some.
Things like here quiet while he was lying his Fanny off.
And so you know -- he's he's got he's got some people who support him because -- but things that he.
His given them a dumb for them but my goodness we've got a -- -- -- we're gonna get ago I care about politics.
You know senator could spend another hour with you we're gonna run out of time for real quick before we go you ran for president 2008 to 2012 coming quickly.
-- that prize at all.
No no not for me but we got a lot of good people coming up in the system.
Members of congress.
Some governors -- -- -- private business.
Will be -- -- people -- step but.
I'm gonna be there supporting a person that I think -- your guts enough to tell the truth to the American people like I've tried to do back a little while back.
You wanna join -- and no but I have had several good people.
Fred Thompson I -- thank you -- and you didn't even -- teaching the pig to dance a memoir of growing up and second chances Fred Thompson thank you very much.
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