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Interview with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

By The Last Word, The Last Word - January 31, 2013

THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O`DONNELLJanuary 31, 2013

Guests: Gov. Deval Patrick, Victoria Defrancesco Soto, Steve Schmidt

LAWRENCE O`DONNELL, MSNBC ANCHOR: What was the most important question asked today at Chuck Hagel`s confirmation hearing for secretary defense? It was not about an external threats. It was about an internal threat. The military is out of control, rape crisis and the military`s cruel determination to protect rapist in their ranks. The invisible war within the military remained invisible to most of the senators in today`s confirmation hearing.

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ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Chuck Hagel is taking plenty of heat within his own party.

CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR: Chuck Hagel`s confirmation hearing.

KRYSTAL BALL, MSNBC HOST, THE CYCLE: Chuck Hagel wants to run the Pentagon.

TODD: To become the next secretary of defense.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Chuck Hagel in the hot seat.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Put tense back and forth --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Gear up for a gold old fashioned grilling.

SEN. CHUCK HAGEL (R), NEBRASKA: I will explain why I made those comments.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: I want to know if you were right or wrong.

Will you please answer the question.

HAGEL: If you would like me to explain.

MCCAIN: I would actually like an answer.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The back and forth between McCain was striking.

TOM CRUISE, ACTOR: I want the truth.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You can`t handle the truth.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hagel faces questions from the 26 panel.

HAGEL: I will forward the questions.

JOY-ANN REID, MSNBC POLITICAL ANALYST: Would he be able to fully implement don`t ask don`t tell.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Balance the budget --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And also the issue of sexual assault

HAGEL: Sexual assault in the military.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now estimated at 19,000 a year.

HAGEL: There is always take care of our people.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The battle of over gun control moves to capitol hill.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They want to create the fear.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Gun fear that driven by fear.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They tended to only speak of women.

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