The 51st State

  • Aired:  03/06/13
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Al Madrigal fails to convince protesters pushing for Puerto Rico's statehood that they're better off without it. (4:00)

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[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW.

LAST WEEK AMERICA FINALLY MADE GOOD ON ITS THREAT TO ITSELF IN THE FORM OF ARBITRARY SPENDING CUTS

KNOWN AS THE SEQUESTER.

WE SENT AL MAD GRAL TO WASHINGTON TO SEE FIRSTHAND THE OUTRAGE.

>> LAST WEEK THE MUCH FEARED SEQUESTER BECAME A REALITY.

>> IT'S NOW IN EFFECT.

85 BILLION IN AUTOMATIC SPENDING CUTS.

>> JUST HOURS AFTER IT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW I WENT OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE TO

SEE THE OUTRAGE FIRSTHAND.

>> IT'S BEEN EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING.

>> CONGRESS DOESN'T TEND TO WORK ON ANYTHING UNTIL THERE'S A CRISIS.

>> THAT MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE PROMISED TO TAKE CARE OF SITUATION.

WHERE IS HE NOW?

>> I REALIZED IT WAS AN ISSUE.

I-DEGREE GREW UP IN PUERTO RICO.

WE TAKE IT SEAR YOUR -- SERIOUSLY.

>> SORRY WHERE?

>> PUERTO RICO.

>> WHY ARE YOU HERE?

>> STATEHOOD.

>> THIS WASN'T ABOUT THE SEQUESTER.

THEY WITNESSED THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT'S INABILITY TO FUNCTION BUT THAT DIDN'T STEAM DETER THEM.

THEY COULDN'T GET ANYTHING DONE AND YOU WANT IN?

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> HOW BAD IS (bleep) PUERTO RICO.

THEY'VE ONLY HAD ONE NONVOTING MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHICH THEY THINK IS WORSE THAN HAVING A CONGRESSMAN

THAT COULD VOTE.

>> THEY LET ME VOTE ON COMMITTEES BUT NOWHERE ELSE.

>> YOU ARE LIKE A BACK-UP QUARTERBACK ON THE NFL.

YOU GET TO TRAVEL WITH THE TEAM AND DON'T GET HURT.

>> WELL --

>> THERE COMES SACRIFICES.

YOU ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS BUT IF YOU BECOME A STATE YOU DON'T HAVE THAT PARADE ANYMORE.

>> WHY?

>> MONTANA DOESN'T HAVE THE PARADE.

>> IF WE DON'T HAVE THE PARADE WE HAVE LESS WILDING OPPORTUNITIES.

MY PEEPS CAN GO CRAZY SOMETIMES.

>> NOT THE BEST PITCH WHICH IS AN INTERESTING POINT.

WHAT ARE THEY BRINGING TO THE TABLE?

>> YOU NEED US.

WE CAN BRING BASEBALL TO THIS WONDERFUL NATION.

GOOD RUM.

>> THAT IS ONE THING WE'RE MISSING SPORTS LIQUOR.

>> EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED MORE OF.

>> DO THEY EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW THE CONGRESS WORKS?

I PUT THEM THROUGH THE PACES OF A MOCK CONGRESSIONAL FILIBUSTER.

LET'S SAY PUERTO RIEWKER GETS STATEHOOD AND YOU ARE A SENATOR.

YOU ARE ON THE FLOOR WHAT TYPES OF THINGS ARE GOING TO ACCOMPLISH?

>> NOT ONLY WILL I MAKE SURE THAT PUERTO RICO IS INCLUDED.

>> I HAVE THE FLOOR IT'S MY TURN TO TALK.

WHOLE CORN, OIL.

>> EXCUSE ME.

I HAVE THE FLOOR.

I'M FILIBUSTERING YOU.

>> I HAVE THE RIGHT I'M A SENATOR.

>> I'M FILIBUSTERING YOU.

>> OKAY.

YOU ARE MAKING A SPECTACLE OF YOURSELF.

>> SORRY, YOU'RE RIGHT.

>> ALL RIGHT.

AS I WAS SAYING.

>> MILK, CHEESE CULTURES.

>> WHEN I BECOME A SENATOR AND I'M PART OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS.

>> WHEY.

>> IN THE END ADDING A 51ST STATE TO THE UNION CREATES A TRULY INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEM

A DESIGN PROBLEM.

WE HAVE 50 STATES RIGHT NOW.

>> I KNOW.

>> PUERTO RICO MAKES IT 51.

>> I KNOW IT'S UNEVEN.

>> WHAT STATE HAS TO GO?

>> CAN I BE HONEST?

I THINK DELAWARE.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS THERE THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO ANYONE IN THE UNITED STATES.

>> GET RID OF THEM.

YOU HEARD IT.

SUCK IT, DELAWARE.

>> YES, IT'S THE TRUTH.

>> SORRY MR. VPT YOUR HOME STATE HAS TO GO.

BUT DON'T WORRY THE TERRITORY OF DELAWARE JUST GOT ITSELF ONE KICKAS

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