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Rangel: GOP Governing "The Same Way They Fought As Confederates"

BANFIELD: When I asked you about this deal -- I get it. This whole thing has been embarrassing and that involves you as well, sir because you're part of all this. What I'm asking is the deal that we've just learned about, the provisions that have just come out today from the House Republican leadership. I wanted your reaction to those specific three provisions. What do you think? Can you deal with it?

RANGEL: I'm very, very optimistic about what the leadership has said in the Senate. This isn't a question of the House and Senate differing. This not even the question of Republicans and Democrats differing. This is all about a handful of people who got elected as Republicans that want to bring down our government. You can see it in the streets. You can see where they're coming from. And the same way they fought as confederates, they want to bring down the government and reform it.

(CROSSTALK)

BANFIELD: Wait a minute. Whoa whoa whoa. I'm sorry. Are you likening -- and I'm only assuming that you're referring to the Tea Party members, are pretty intransigent on their views. Are you likening them to confederates?

RANGEL: I can tell you this, if you take a look at the states that they control, take a look the Dixie-crats see how they went over to the Republican party --

BANFIELD: Michele Bachmann is not from Dixie. What are you talking about?

RANGEL: I am telling you one thing. If the Republicans really want to bring the government back, if the Republicans want to make certain that this country maintains its fiscal integrity, all they have to do is accept the Senate. Already they're fighting what the Senate hasn't even formally proposed. They're adding things onto this that cause a problem. The American people want us to act as adults. They want to make certain their government opens, make certain that our veterans are treated fairly. And they're not saying that they're going to embrace and work the Senate who Republicans and Democratic leaders are working together.

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