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And this is a part of the show we call play makers where we bring the biggest name in sports entertainment politics publishing we mix it all up and today we're gonna mix it altogether I'm joined by my partner jets owner businessman and political insider all around wonderful person Woody Johnson.
Joining us today is Michael Faulkner now he is a former New York Jets defensive lineman who is now a Republican candidate trying to unseat.
Twenty term out.
Democratic congressman Charlie Rangel great hit me hit you it's good to be here now twenty -- is a long time forty years however.
This guy's been in a lot of trouble he's vulnerable.
He is vulnerable and you know they set up they did do the House of Representatives it was designed to be turned over every two years to give the people.
A new vote people's house of people's house.
But what does happen is these career politicians have gotten there and have -- that their nest.
And really has blocked the people's vision to know what's going on how what's happening so it's disassociated.
People form their vote.
And as I said that's a good theoretical concept.
Which I like that but how as a Republica.
In this state New York State you beat a guy like he's an icon I made -- Charlie Rangel has more name recognition and the probably the president.
-- -- ineffective icon he does not do the bidding of the people the people want change the people want jobs.
He hasn't provided jobs you know the unemployment rate in Harlem right now is 20/20 five for more than that but -- put in more than national average but it's been that way for a long time.
So for someone to be as powerful this he -- -- and and the neighborhood in the community the software is much as it has its time for change.
Hold the interest of black people in America really coincide with a lot of conservative route values the value of the family the value of hard work nobody knows how hard this is we're better than people minority communities especially -- especially in New York you know they'll remember now this district is only 30% African American.
50% Hispanic wow so and so you have a wife would like -- have a working class.
It would -- mentality which is.
Hard working I mean these people work hard.
They don't want government handouts -- you're not looking for welfare you're looking for jobs they're looking for opportunity that's why they came here that's why -- ancestral home.
But this is a little confusing to many of them because everybody's been talking about health care health care health care and a -- I had this huge win.
But this is the one for the people that they have people want they cared to your people the your constituents.
-- -- constituents.
Want to talk about health care they want to talk about jobs.
We you know it's if you don't have a job what are you don't get that -- if you don't have a job what do you do if you don't have health -- you can't afford to get sick but they've not had health care for a long time.
People want jobs they won an opportunity but the thing is I think that the president missed an opportunity to unite our nation.
Around something that we desperately -- everybody Republicans Democrats admitted that we needed health care.
But they couldn't bring us together around that issue rather it's a divided nation now -- still more findings going to be going on.
But still we don't have jobs so we don't have that that resolved that we want to break Charlie is gonna say I'm gonna get jobs yet yet -- the promises have been going off for forty years and it's time for change people right now.
That at that -- -- never been a time in American history where more people are saying we want change total change.
There will be people are saying Republicans Democrats -- it comes -- -- -- move sweeping the country right now this is all incumbents out.
Of course I'm not riding that wave but what I am saying is I do represent the people I know the people in this community -- served them.
I have seen babies being born I have -- -- -- I have I have loved the people in this community and the people in New York.
In a promise is one thing delivering it is something else now they have in the past Charlie Rangel particularly has his -- lot of government assistance.
But folksy that is a dead end road don't say oh apps -- they get that now.
I mean people.
Anytime you go to a government office but the department of welfare social service to get -- -- -- and the first thing you do is check your dignity at the door.
You know the -- check your dignity at the door.
And then you go through a bureaucratic maze only to get.
No help no -- sources.
But still people want you to come back -- back so people don't want to be a -- politicians want them to come back because that way they can control the if you have somebody who's on the dole you have an easier time to control them.
Then if -- -- -- -- with a small business absolutely Thomas -- and then they get that they do they do they really do talk a deficit the government this big enough to give you whatever you want a strong enough to take whatever you have Louis was seen we see their time and time again people do what jobs.
You know since -- would -- the great deal that the society the great society with LB JR group a Washington DC and and and and watching that whole thing come into play in the sixties.
The start of black businesses.
-- over the next ten years to the point now where.
You know all of the bowl date isn't and so forth in Harlem used to be mom and pop stores owned by African Americans no longer.
And it's it it's it's they didn't pass it onto their family and they didn't pass on the whole desire because it was seen -- Government's gonna take care how do you see the the you've got two distinct groups you've got the African American part of the population and you've got though the Latin part of the population.
Where did they agree and what are you bring to both of those.
Both of those groups -- jobs those jobs bodily for jobs across the board both of those groups what changed both of those groups want better schools.
And I'm I've been I've been pushing charter schools pushing charter schools because everybody -- our schools now there are thousands of -- what about vouchers.
Giving poor people the same choices that rich people have giving them a tax -- so they can take their voucher.
To a parochial school if they want to or anywhere else to be honest with you it works.
I supported a 100%.
But it's such a steep climb.
Where is the did the school choice I mean the -- charter schools.
Charter schools is that is an easier road it's a great public private partnership.
And it's something that can be implemented right now where's the voucher program is to be years of wrangling arguing and so forth I was that -- yeah.
I -- get our vote at work today are gonna that -- when people hear that word -- but I.
What is the first thing they think.
Abraham Lincoln now that's good I read it and part of the part of -- -- I -- -- that was your first sentence after that you know what.
When people ask for a job.
They don't care whether it's a Republican or Democrat to give him a job.
What people want want change when they want to be relieved from the tax burdens that they are facing.
When they want somebody that can connect with them at at a at a at a personal level.
I connect with my community I love my commute their live in my community so it's not a Republican that lives there is hope.
That that's that's Michael -- he's -- and he's one of us might go you gotta run but I guess we are Curt Schilling coming up by getting involved warned -- political affairs -- what's the transition like for being a professional sports figure to go into politics hey listen you have to have endurance you gotta be able to take a shot.
You gotta be able to give -- to.
It's so you know this is a race about the hearts of the people in this community it's not against Charlie Rangel it's for the people.
Of upper Manhattan right and that's what we're doing here to do is win the hearts of people -- Republican and Harlem maybe the time has come -- it and -- -- -- what happened in Massachusetts anything can happen absolutely faculty are very great to see everybody I got.
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