Congressman Joe Kennedy III on His Family Trumps Tweets Health Care Legalizing Pot

SO JUST SO EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS -- >> YEAH. >> Jimmy: ROBERT KENNEDY -- >> GRANDFATHER. >> Jimmy: JOHN KENNEDY. >> GRANDFATHER'S BROTHER, TO GREAT-UNCLE. >> Jimmy: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, WAS HE LIKE UNCLE TERMINATOR? >> YEAH, KIND OF. >> Jimmy: KIND OF, RIGHT. >> MORE ON THE TERMINATOR SIDE. >> Jimmy: IS THE FAMILY CLOSE ENOUGH THAT YOU KNEW ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER AS AN UNCLE? >> YES, I DID, OBVIOUSLY. MY COUSIN MARIA AND ARNOLD HAVE SEPARATED. >> Jimmy: YEAH, I KNOW. I READ THAT [ LAUGHTER ] >> I HAVEN'T SEEN HIM IN A WHILE. BUT I WAS WITH MARIA EARLIER. >> Jimmy: SO YOU GUYS REALLY ARE A TIGHT GROUP AREN'T YOU? >> THERE'S A LOT OF US, BUT WE'RE PRETTY TIGHT. >> Reporter: THERE ARE A LOT OF YOU. YET A LOT OF YOU GO INTO POLITICS. I WAS THINKING ABOUT THIS. I WAS WONDERING WHEN YOU'RE A KID -- I'M TALKING ABOUT 11 YEARS OLD. DID SOMEBODY IN YOUR FAMILY SAY TO YOU, LISTEN, BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU DO BECAUSE YOU'RE A KENNEDY AND ONE DAY YOU MIGHT WANT TO RUN FOR OFFICE. YOU KNOW, EYES ARE ON YOU. SO BEHAVE YOURSELF. >> NO. NO. >> Jimmy: NOBODY DID THAT. >> NO. >> Jimmy: REALLY? I WOULD DO THAT IF I WAS A KENNEDY. I'M NOT, BY THE WAY. MY PARENTS MET AT A BOWLING ALLEY. WE HAVE NO AIRPORTS NAMED AFTER US. >> IT TURNED THE OUT OKAY, RIGHT? TURNED OUT OKAY. >> Jimmy: FOR THE MOST PART. >> NO. GREW UP IN A PUBLIC FAMILY. SO FOR THE TRIUMPHS HAVE BEEN VERY PUBLIC. OUR SHORTCOMINGS LIKE EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY, WE ALL HAVE THEM. AND THEY'VE BEEN PUBLIC, TOO. SO YEAH, YOU KIND OF JUST GROW UP AROUND THE FACT THAT WHAT YOU DO IS GOING TO BE MORE IN THE PUBLIC EYE. BUT THAT'S JUST KIND OF THE WAY IT IS. >> Jimmy: DID YOU KNOW WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG THAT THIS IS SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO DO, YOU WANTED TO GO INTO PUBLIC SERVICE. >> NO, SO PUBLIC SERVICE, YEAH, PROBABLY. I WAS A PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER BEFORE I ENDED UP RUNNING FOR OFFICE. >> Jimmy: CAN I ASK A VERY, VERY STUPID QUESTION. >> PLEASE. >> Jimmy: WHAT GOES ON IN THE PEACE CORPS. I HEAR PEACE CORPS. I KNOW IT'S NOT FOR ME. BUT I ALSO -- LIKE DO THEY COME TO YOUR HOUSE AND THEY TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER COUNTRY? >> NO, YOU ACTUALLY GOT TO GET ON A PLANE. >> Jimmy: THIS IS VOLUNTARY, THOUGH, RIGHT? NOT A PUNISHMENT. >> THAT'S THE VOLUNTEER PART. >> Jimmy: ALL RIGHT. >> SO LOOK, FOR THE EXPERIENCES I'VE HAD IN MY LIFE, THERE HASN'T BEEN ONE THAT'S BEEN MORE IMPACTFUL FOR ME. >> Jimmy: A VERY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. >> IT'S NOT FOR EVERYBODY. YOU SPEND -- I SPENT 2 1/2 YEARS OR SO IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, INTERMITTENT ELECTRICITY, INTERMITTENT WATER. >> Jimmy: DO YOU HABLA ESPANOL? >> SI. [ SPEAKING SPANISH ] A[ APPLAUSE ] >> Jimmy: I DON'T WANT TO BE A PROFILER, BUT IF THEY WERE TO LINE ME UP WITH A THOUSAND OTHER PEOPLE, WHICH ONE OF THESE MEN SPEAKS SPANISH, YOU'D BE THE LAST ONE I PICK. >> WHICH ACTUALLY HAS ITS BENEFITS AT TIME. YOU CAN BUST PEOPLE ON IT, WHICH IS GREAT WHEN IT HAPPENS. I'VE TRAVELED THROUGH LATIN AMERICA QUITE A BIT. YOU DO GET SOME QUIZZICAL LOOKS WHEN I START SPEAKING SPANISH WITH A HEAVY DOMINICAN ACCENT. PEOPLE GO -- IT'S AN ORGANIZATION CLOSE TO MY HEART. A LOT OF THEM DO GREAT WORK. SO YEAH, I WAS THRILLED TO BE PART OF IT. AND PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE AROUND THE WORLD AND IN WASHINGTON TODAY, HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO A COUNTRY THAT YOU HAVEN'T BEEN IN, THE LANGUAGE YOU DON'T SPEAK, A CULTURE THAT'S A BIT FOREIGN AND ACTUALLY THROW YOURSELF AT IT WITH EVERYTHING YOU GOT AND LEARN ABOUT IT AND TRY TO SERVE THAT COMMUNITY IS A REWARDING THING. >> Jimmy: I THINK IT IS. PROBABLY A GREAT EXPERIENCE. ONE THAT I AND NO ONE IN MY FAMILY WILL EVER HAVE. >> THE INTERESTING THING, THERE'S NO AGE LIMIT ON VOLUNTEERS. >> Jimmy: IS THAT RIGHT? >> YOU CAN SIGN UP TODAY. >> Jimmy: CAN YOU IMAGINE ME? [ APPLAUSE ] YOU REALIZE IF I DID THAT, EVERYONE WOULD THINK IT WAS A JOKE. NOBODY WOULD BELIEVE I WENT TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE PEACE CORPS. >> I'M JUST SAYING, IF THIS DOESN'T WORK OUT FOR YOU. >> Jimmy: IS THAT WHY YOU'RE HERE? ARE YOU HERE TO GET RID OF ME? [ LAUGHTER ] WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT? WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING? [ APPLAUSE ] >> I CAME HERE TODAY TO HOPE THAT YOU WOULD ANNOUNCE AND I COULD BE YOUR VP. >> Jimmy: I THINK IT WOULD BE BETTER THE OTHER WAY AROUND. BUT THIS IS A QUESTION YOU GET ASKED ALL THE TIME. AND A LOT OF IT IS BECAUSE OF YOUR NAME. A LOT OF IT IS BECAUSE YOU GAVE THE RESPONSE TO THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, DID THEY CHOOSE YOU OR WAS THIS A PUNISHMENT? BECAUSE USUALLY THAT GOES BADLY. >> THAT'S AN INTERESTING QUESTION. AND THE ANSWER IS ACTUALLY I THINK UNCLEAR. SO REGARDLESS, I GOT ASKED, AND I WAS THRILLED TO DO IT. I GOT ASKED BY LEADER PELOSI ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE THE SPEECH. >> Jimmy: OH, THAT'S ALL. >> YEAH, SHE PULLED ME OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR, CLEARED OUT HER OFFICE, KICKED ALL HER STAFF OUT. I THOUGHT I WAS IN TROUBLE. AND THEN SHE ASKED ME TO DO IT. SO I IMMEDIATELY OBVIOUSLY SAID YES, THEN WALKED OUT OF HER OFFICE AND WENT, OH, MY GOD, MY CAREER MIGHT BE OVER. BECAUSE EVERYBODY STRUGGLES WITH THIS SPEECH. >> Jimmy: YEAH, BOBBY JINDAL, MARIO -- WHATEVER HIS NAME? >> MARCO RUBIO. >> Jimmy: SEE, LOOK, WHAT HAPPENED. >> THE BIG NEWS, THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FOR ME FROM THAT EXPERIENCE IS IT HAS SOLIDIFIED FOR ME THE GENEROSITY, THE COMPASSION AND THE CARE OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. EYE GOTTEN TUBES FROM CHAPSTICK FROM EVERY DAMN CORNER OF THE -- >> Jimmy: YEAH, I BET. I'M SURE YOU'RE TIRED OF TALKING ABOUT THE CHAPSTICK AND THE SHINY LIPS AND YOU GAVE A WELL RECEIVED SPEECH. YOU WERE VERY SMART IN DOING IT IN FRONT OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE. USUALLY IT'S SO STERILE AND YOU'RE SET UP TO FAIL. >> I CAN'T DO A HOSTAGE VIDEO THAT WELL. THERE'S SOME PEOPLE WHO CAN, BUT I'M NOT ONE OF THOSE FOLKS. I NEEDED A LIVE AUDIENCE. >> Jimmy: THAT WAS SMART. DO YOU THINK WE'LL EVER RETURN TO A DAY -- AND I'M ASSUMING THERE WAS A DAY, I'M NOT REALLY SURE, WHERE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ACTUALLY WORK TOGETHER IN A MEANINGFUL WAY IN GOVERNMENT? >> YEAH, I DO. I HOPE SO. THERE'S MORE OF THAT GOING ON THAN THE PUBLIC SEES. SOME OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS IN WASHINGTON ARE IN FACT REPUBLICANS. >> Jimmy: WHO IS YOUR BEST FRIEND THAT'S REPUBLICAN? >> MY BEST FRIEND WOULD BE -- ACTUALLY INTERESTING YOUR LAST GUEST IS A GUY MARK MULLEN WHO IS A FORMER MMA FIGHTER FROM OKLAHOMA. >> Jimmy: WOW, THAT'S A GOOD BEST FRIEND TO HAVE BECAUSE IF YOU GET BEAT UP, HE'LL KICK EVERYONE'S ASS. >> HE GOT ME TO SIGN ON TO SOME BILL OF PROTECTION OF ULTIMATE FIGHTERS IN THE INDUSTRY, AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY I SIGNED ON. YOU BRING IN ALL STRING OF ULTIMATE FIGHTERS THAT CAN KILL YOU 16 WAYS FROM TUESDAY. >> Jimmy: YOU SIGN. YOU SIGN ANYTHING. MAYBE THAT'S A GOOD PLAN FOR TRUMP BECAUSE WE GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS. WE BRING IN SOME ULTIMATE FIGHTERS AND MAYBE HE'LL DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. DO YOU GET YOUR TRUMP NEWS THE WAY WE ALL DO, JUST FROM -- >> TWEETS. >> Jimmy: TWITTER? THEN YOU GUYS -- I WON'T NAME ANYBODY SPECIFICALLY BUT YOUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES DO THEY ALSO GO LIKE, OH, NO, WHAT IS THIS? WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE? >> YES. >> Jimmy: THEY DO? >> YES. [ APPLAUSE ] >> Jimmy: THERE ARE A COUPLE OF AREAS IN WHICH YOU DIVERT FROM YOUR PARTY. NUMBER ONE, YOU ARE AGAINST LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS FOR RECREATIONAL USE. YOU OPPOSE THAT. >> MM-HMM. >> Jimmy: WHY? WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU? >> WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME, EXACTLY. I REALIZE MY VIEWS ON THIS ARE NOT EXACTLY IN LINE -- >> Jimmy: YOU'LL NEVER WIN CALIFORNIA. >> THAT'S TRUE. SO LOOK, I THINK THE PART OF THE IMPACT OF WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE LAW IS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET THE BORDER CASES RIGHT. I DO HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT AN INCREASE IN AVAILABILITY OF LEGAL MARIJUANA MEAN FOR ADOLESCENTS AND PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH ADDICTION. >> Jimmy: ARE YOU ALSO AGAINST ALCOHOL? BECAUSE THOSE VERY SAME THINGS THE APPLY. >> I DON'T DRINK, BUT OBVIOUSLY IT'S OKAY THAT EVERYBODY ELSE DOES. I THINK, JIMMY, IT'S SOMETHING THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TOWARDS LEGALIZATION, WE HAVE TO BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS. >> Jimmy: WE'VE MOVED ALREADY. >> YES PART OF THIS IS THE FEDERAL PROCESS ON THIS, THE FEDERAL LAW ON THIS STRUCTURE ON THE FEDERAL LAW ARE COMPLETELY COMPREHENSIVE AND WHAT JEFF SESSIONS IS DOING MAKE IT WORSE. CALIFORNIA IS THERE, MY HOME STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS IS THERE. I ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT -- THERE YOU GO. I'M AN OUTLIER ON THIS. I JUST THINK IT'S SOMETHING WE WANT TO BE CAREFUL AND DELIBERATE ABOUT. >> Jimmy: I DON'T WANT TO WASTE ALL THE TIME ON POT BECAUSE IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER BUT I DO WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT HEALTHCARE. BERNIE SANDERS BELIEVES IN MEDICARE FOR ALL. YOU ALSO YOU'RE AGAINST THAT. >> NO. >> Jimmy: NO? >> NO. SO ONE, HEALTHCARE IS A RIGHT THAT SHOULD BE ENJOYED BY EVERY SINGLE FAMILY ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, PERIOD, FULL STOP. AND I HAVE WORKED VERY, VERY HARD OVER THE COURSE OF MY TIME IN CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY DOES GET ACCESS TO QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE. BUT WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN THE PAST IS THE DETAILS MATTER ON THIS. THERE'S A COUPLE BILLS IN CONGRESS THAT I THINK THOSE DETAILS AREN'T EXACTLY QUITE DONE UP YET. I GET CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS. THERE ARE WAYS THAT WE CAN GO ABOUT DOING THIS. WE HAVE ESSENTIALLY CLOSE TO UNIVERSAL COVERAGE IN HEALTHCARE, MA MASSACHUSETTS WE'VE GOT 98% OF PEOPLE COVERED. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE -- THE BASIS ON THIS, I QUOTE YOU ON THIS EVEN THOUGH I NEVER MET YOU BEFORE, RIGHT, NEEDS TO BE THIS IDEA THAT EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY, NOBODY SHOULD WORRY ABOUT WHETHER THEY CAN AFFORD TO SAVE THEIR CHILD'S LIFE, RIGHT? PERIOD. THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THAT. HEALTHCARE ITSELF, IN THIS COUNTRY, I THINK IT BOILS DOWN TO A FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION. HOW ARE WE GOING TO TREAT PEOPLE AT THEIR TIME OF DEEPEST NEED? IT'S SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE DON'T THINK ABOUT VERY MUCH UNTIL YOU NEED IT, BUT WHEN YOU NEED IT, IT'S THE ONLY THING YOU NEED. AND WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT NOBODY IS DENIED BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, THAT WE CAN, IN FACT, MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE FOR EVERYBODY. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO THAT IN A WAY THAT'S RESPONSIBLE, THAT'S ACCURATE AND THAT COVERS EVERYBODY. AND I THINK WE CAN DO THAT, BUT WE HAVE TO BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT IT. THAT'S ALL I'M ASKING. >> Jimmy: GO DO IT. BECAUSE WE NEED YOU TO DO IT.

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