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Interview with Senator Jim Inhofe

By Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Your World w/Neil Cavuto - November 10, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Special Guests | Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

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This is a rush transcript from "Your World With Neil Cavuto," November 10, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

BRIAN SULLIVAN, GUEST HOST: All right, eliminate all congressional earmarks -- that deficit commission delivering Republican Senator Jim DeMint a helping hand today in his battle against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who is against a pork ban.adsonar_placementId=1502157;adsonar_pid=150758;adsonar_ps=-1;adsonar_zw=198;adsonar_zh=170;adsonar_jv='ads.adsonar.com';

Two more Republican senators signing on to DeMint's pledge.

My next guest not one of them -- Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe joining us now.

Senator, welcome to "Your World."

SEN. JAMES INHOFE, R-OKLA.: Hey, Brian. You bet...

SULLIVAN: Go ahead, sir.

INHOFE: You better tell them before we start that I am ranked as the most conservative member, because I don't want them to get confused as to where I am coming from, OK?

SULLIVAN: OK. That is fair. We will duly note that. And I'm going to give you some credit, Senator, because when you come out and say you are against a ban on earmarks, most of America thinks earmarks are simply unnecessary spending.

Please, detail your position on this.

INHOFE: I will detail my position.

When the House did it, Brian, the House made a definition. They came up with a definition of earmark. It was caused Clause 6, Rule 21 of the House rules. And it defined them as appropriations or authorizations. In other words, these guys over there cannot appropriate or authorize.

Now, what does the Constitution say we are supposed to be doing? We're supposed to be authorizing. We're supposed to be doing the spending. It is very clear. That's what the Constitution says.

SULLIVAN: "We" meaning Congress.

INHOFE: We, the House and the Senate.

Now, if we don't do it, then the president does it. When you eliminate an earmark, you do not save a nickel. This is very important that people understand this. I am on the Armed Services Committee. The president comes in with his budget. He says, this is how I want to defend America. I don't agree with the president. And so we study this.

Instead of having a launching system that costs $300 million, we took that off, say, that would be nice, but we cannot afford it. Instead, we want six more F-18 fighters. And so we do that. Is that an earmark under their definition? And under the definition they're talking about in the Senate, that is an earmark.

So, what do we do? They say, we can't do that. We will send that money back to Obama. That is why President Obama is all for McCain and DeMint's ban on earmarks.

SULLIVAN: Well, Neil Cavuto spoke with Rand Paul. And he spoke with Jim DeMint. Let's hear what they had to say earlier.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

SEN. JIM DEMINT, R-S.C.: We are not going to cut spending in Washington if we think it's the job of every congressman and senators to pave local parking lots and build local sewer plants.

SEN.-ELECT RAND PAUL, R-KY.: For too long, we have had politicians that just pander and say, oh, we will continue to bring you home the bacon. We will bring everything home to you. There are no problems.

SEN.-ELECT MIKE LEE, R-UTAH: That ban needs to remain in effect until such time as we can get the whole process reformed, so that we don't have this logrolling, this trade-making.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

SULLIVAN: And even Senator-elect Mike Lee in there.

So, you see the point. Even members of your own party, Senator, automatically assume an earmark is some sort of worthless pork spending.

(CROSSTALK)

INHOFE: And this is the problem that we have.

I talk to Frank Luntz. He's on your show all the time. I have a lot of respect for him. He says, Inhofe, you are right. The problem is, the public has been brainwashed to thinking that -- and by a -- a lot of these are the very liberal members of Congress -- into thinking that earmarks somehow are all bad.

And, well, if you quit saying earmark and say appropriations, then I will buy it. All these ridiculous things should be done away with. Do you remember when Sean Hannity came out with 102 most egregious earmarks? I went down to the Senate floor. I read off all of those 102 earmarks. And I said, what do these all have in common? The answer is, not one was a congressional earmark. They were bureaucratic earmarks that came from President Obama.

Now, I don't want to cede my constitutional authority to President Obama. And I think most of the people would understand that. The problem is -- in fact, I have got to explain this on Monday. And it will be on TV on the Senate floor. I have a solution to the problem. I have a bill that will answer the problem, and not allow big-spending Republicans and Democrats to rattle the sword of earmarks, and then hide the fact that they are big spenders.

I think that needs to be done. And I know that not many people agree with this right now, but they will before it is over.

SULLIVAN: Senator, you are in for a fight, but we appreciate you coming on "Your World" to detail that position.

Senator Jim Inhofe, thank you very much.

INHOFE: That's great.

SULLIVAN: Take care, sir.

INHOFE: Thank you very much, Brian.

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This is a rush transcript from "Your World With Neil Cavuto," November 10, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

BRIAN SULLIVAN, GUEST HOST: All right, eliminate all congressional earmarks -- that deficit commission delivering Republican Senator Jim DeMint a helping hand today in his battle against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who is against a pork ban.

Two more Republican senators signing on to DeMint's pledge.

My next guest not one of them -- Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe joining us now.

Senator, welcome to "Your World."

SEN. JAMES INHOFE, R-OKLA.: Hey, Brian. You bet...

SULLIVAN: Go ahead, sir.

INHOFE: You better tell them before we start that I am ranked as the most conservative member, because I don't want them to get confused as to where I am coming from, OK?

SULLIVAN: OK. That is fair. We will duly note that. And I'm going to give you some credit, Senator, because when you come out and say you are against a ban on earmarks, most of America thinks earmarks are simply unnecessary spending.

Please, detail your position on this.

INHOFE: I will detail my position.

When the House did it, Brian, the House made a definition. They came up with a definition of earmark. It was caused Clause 6, Rule 21 of the House rules. And it defined them as appropriations or authorizations. In other words, these guys over there cannot appropriate or authorize.

Now, what does the Constitution say we are supposed to be doing? We're supposed to be authorizing. We're supposed to be doing the spending. It is very clear. That's what the Constitution says.

SULLIVAN: "We" meaning Congress.

INHOFE: We, the House and the Senate.

Now, if we don't do it, then the president does it. When you eliminate an earmark, you do not save a nickel. This is very important that people understand this. I am on the Armed Services Committee. The president comes in with his budget. He says, this is how I want to defend America. I don't agree with the president. And so we study this.

Instead of having a launching system that costs $300 million, we took that off, say, that would be nice, but we cannot afford it. Instead, we want six more F-18 fighters. And so we do that. Is that an earmark under their definition? And under the definition they're talking about in the Senate, that is an earmark.

So, what do we do? They say, we can't do that. We will send that money back to Obama. That is why President Obama is all for McCain and DeMint's ban on earmarks.

SULLIVAN: Well, Neil Cavuto spoke with Rand Paul. And he spoke with Jim DeMint. Let's hear what they had to say earlier.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

SEN. JIM DEMINT, R-S.C.: We are not going to cut spending in Washington if we think it's the job of every congressman and senators to pave local parking lots and build local sewer plants.

SEN.-ELECT RAND PAUL, R-KY.: For too long, we have had politicians that just pander and say, oh, we will continue to bring you home the bacon. We will bring everything home to you. There are no problems.

SEN.-ELECT MIKE LEE, R-UTAH: That ban needs to remain in effect until such time as we can get the whole process reformed, so that we don't have this logrolling, this trade-making.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

SULLIVAN: And even Senator-elect Mike Lee in there.

So, you see the point. Even members of your own party, Senator, automatically assume an earmark is some sort of worthless pork spending.

(CROSSTALK)

INHOFE: And this is the problem that we have.

I talk to Frank Luntz. He's on your show all the time. I have a lot of respect for him. He says, Inhofe, you are right. The problem is, the public has been brainwashed to thinking that -- and by a -- a lot of these are the very liberal members of Congress -- into thinking that earmarks somehow are all bad.

And, well, if you quit saying earmark and say appropriations, then I will buy it. All these ridiculous things should be done away with. Do you remember when Sean Hannity came out with 102 most egregious earmarks? I went down to the Senate floor. I read off all of those 102 earmarks. And I said, what do these all have in common? The answer is, not one was a congressional earmark. They were bureaucratic earmarks that came from President Obama.

Now, I don't want to cede my constitutional authority to President Obama. And I think most of the people would understand that. The problem is -- in fact, I have got to explain this on Monday. And it will be on TV on the Senate floor. I have a solution to the problem. I have a bill that will answer the problem, and not allow big-spending Republicans and Democrats to rattle the sword of earmarks, and then hide the fact that they are big spenders.

I think that needs to be done. And I know that not many people agree with this right now, but they will before it is over.

SULLIVAN: Senator, you are in for a fight, but we appreciate you coming on "Your World" to detail that position.

Senator Jim Inhofe, thank you very much.

INHOFE: That's great.

SULLIVAN: Take care, sir.

INHOFE: Thank you very much, Brian.

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Two more Republican senators signing on to DeMint's pledge.

My next guest not one of them -- Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe joining us now.

Senator, welcome to "Your World."

SEN. JAMES INHOFE, R-OKLA.: Hey, Brian. You bet...

SULLIVAN: Go ahead, sir.

INHOFE: You better tell them before we start that I am ranked as the most conservative member, because I don't want them to get confused as to where I am coming from, OK?

SULLIVAN: OK. That is fair. We will duly note that. And I'm going to give you some credit, Senator, because when you come out and say you are against a ban on earmarks, most of America thinks earmarks are simply unnecessary spending.

Please, detail your position on this.

INHOFE: I will detail my position.

When the House did it, Brian, the House made a definition. They came up with a definition of earmark. It was caused Clause 6, Rule 21 of the House rules. And it defined them as appropriations or authorizations. In other words, these guys over there cannot appropriate or authorize.

Now, what does the Constitution say we are supposed to be doing? We're supposed to be authorizing. We're supposed to be doing the spending. It is very clear. That's what the Constitution says.

SULLIVAN: "We" meaning Congress.

INHOFE: We, the House and the Senate.

Now, if we don't do it, then the president does it. When you eliminate an earmark, you do not save a nickel. This is very important that people understand this. I am on the Armed Services Committee. The president comes in with his budget. He says, this is how I want to defend America. I don't agree with the president. And so we study this.

Instead of having a launching system that costs $300 million, we took that off, say, that would be nice, but we cannot afford it. Instead, we want six more F-18 fighters. And so we do that. Is that an earmark under their definition? And under the definition they're talking about in the Senate, that is an earmark.

So, what do we do? They say, we can't do that. We will send that money back to Obama. That is why President Obama is all for McCain and DeMint's ban on earmarks.

SULLIVAN: Well, Neil Cavuto spoke with Rand Paul. And he spoke with Jim DeMint. Let's hear what they had to say earlier.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

SEN. JIM DEMINT, R-S.C.: We are not going to cut spending in Washington if we think it's the job of every congressman and senators to pave local parking lots and build local sewer plants.

SEN.-ELECT RAND PAUL, R-KY.: For too long, we have had politicians that just pander and say, oh, we will continue to bring you home the bacon. We will bring everything home to you. There are no problems.

SEN.-ELECT MIKE LEE, R-UTAH: That ban needs to remain in effect until such time as we can get the whole process reformed, so that we don't have this logrolling, this trade-making.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

SULLIVAN: And even Senator-elect Mike Lee in there.

So, you see the point. Even members of your own party, Senator, automatically assume an earmark is some sort of worthless pork spending.

(CROSSTALK)

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