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Interview with Sen. John Barrasso

Interview with Sen. John Barrasso

Lou Dobbs Tonight - March 26, 2009

DOBBS: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today refused to discuss the president's position on medical marijuana. Last week Attorney General Eric Holder announced the Obama administration would stop any raids on distributors of medical marijuana in California.

We would like to know what you think. Here's tonight's poll question. Do you think the president should be laughing about legalizing drugs while drug cartel violence is raging in Mexico? Cast your vote at loudobbs.com; we'd like to know what you think. We'll have the results here later.

Joining me now with more on the assault on our Second-Amendment rights, the escalating drug cartel violence in Mexico, Senator John Barrasso, he's ranking member of the Western Hemisphere Peace Corps and Narcotics Affairs subcommittee.

Senator great to have you with us.

SEN. JOHN BARRASSO (R), WYOMING: Great to be with you, again, Lou.

DOBBS: You're on your way to Mexico with a number of other lawmakers into El Paso, what do you want to see come out of this trip?

BARRASSO: First I want to thank you. You've been sounding the alarm about the issues of violence along our southern border for years. And I'm glad to see that people are listening to you now and following that and responding to the alarm.

We're going to be in El Paso, where there's significant amounts of violence. We're going to look at the two products moving north, which are humans as well as drugs; and the products moving south, which are guns as well as money.

And I met with some senators from Mexico yesterday. We're going to hold hearings and I'm going to do some surveillance as well up the border on Sunday.

DOBBS: As you know, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying while in Mexico City, saying that our demand for drugs is what motivates the drug gangs. Is that not somewhat similar to saying that money in banks motivates bank robbers?

BARRASSO: Well, Lou, I really do not ever approve of this let's blame Americans first approach. I just don't think that's the way to go.

These are narcotic traffickers. It is a network of criminals, and we need to do everything we can to disrupt the entire network. If they weren't moving drugs, the president was making a joke of legalizing marijuana, and I have to tell you, I think that we should not go that way under those circumstances.

The same criminal networks would just do another form of crime to try to make profits.

DOBBS: What is your reaction? Attorney General Eric Holder even now as Louise Schiavone just reported proposing obviously a ban on assault weapons early on, intimating that that would be a priority to this administration and blaming the Mexican drug cartel violence as its motivation.

What is your reaction to any call for a ban on assault weapons in this country?

BARRASSO: Well, of course, I would be opposed to that. Lou, I was at a gun show in Casper, Wyoming, this past weekend; huge crowds. Very concerned about even reloading and trying to find what they need to do that; great concern about the assault on our second amendment rights. Our freedoms are under fire.

I would love to invite you to Wyoming to one of these. You would feel at home, in addition they're handing out teabags. I mean, people at home, people understand the threat that this attorney general could pose to us.

And, you know, I voted against his confirmation. I had a brief in the Supreme Court opposite of his on the D.C. handgun position. So I know that the second amendment really refers to our individual rights, not to a well-regulated militia, which is his position.

DOBBS: Well, senator, first I'm going to take you up on it. We'll work that out. I would enjoy that. As a matter of fact, I've got a few -- I'm looking for a particular rifle right now. So, it would be a good idea.

BARRASSO: We'll find one for you in Wyoming.

DOBBS: Appreciate it, thank you very much, senator. And have a good trip, and I hope it is a productive one for you.

BARRASSO: I'll be happy to come back and visit with you, Lou, when we get back.

DOBBS: Please do that, if you will.

BARRASSO: Thank you.

DOBBS: Senator, thank you very much. Senator John Barrasso.

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