Watch U.S. Rep. Scott Perry and Chris Matthews argue

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U.S. Rep. Scott Perry was interviewed on “Hardball” by Chris Matthews Thursday night.

The congressman from York County and the MSNBC host discussed the budget and debt ceiling battles.

They argued.

A lot.

Near the end, Matthews accused Perry of taking a “cheap shot.”

That comment was prompted after a discussion of a proposal from House Republicans to tie an increase of the debt limit to construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, among other things.

“It looks like it’s written by the oil industry,” Matthews said. “And I’m surprised that you’re involved with such a caper.”

“I’m surprised that you read any of it, first of all,” Perry replied.

Matthews seemed to take offense to that. Perry then referenced a 2010 comment by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about having to “pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.”

“You know what you can do with that, you can be excused,” Matthews said, “because you just accused me of not doing my job. And that’s a big mistake here.”

Then as Matthews was closing out the interview, Matthews said he wished Perry hadn’t taken that “cheap shot.” Perry laughed.

“Scott Perry, it was cheap. Don’t laugh. …It was really cheap,” Matthews.

“Well, you’ve made some cheap shots at me too. So it’s fair,” Perry said.

“No, No I didn’t. I was fair,” Matthews said. “You’re in bed with the oil industry anyway. Thank you.”

You can watch the full interview after the jump:

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About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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One Response to Watch U.S. Rep. Scott Perry and Chris Matthews argue

  1. Richard Katz says:

    I saw it. I feel it is very unfortunate for this country that people like Representative Scott Perry make a pretense of his government service in the House of Representatives. The House Republican Tea Party with people like Representative Perry apparently have restricted the actions of Speaker John Boehner. They have apparently forced Speaker Boehner not to respond to the clean bill that the Senate returned to them or put it up for a vote as is generally expected. Although I listened to the interview, Representative Perry began to lose my interest after it became clear that we would not hear a solution, but instead a complete run around with no explanation.

    There are many reasons why it is completely wrong for Congress and not in the interests of this country that these actions be carried out against us. The readiness of America to meet any challenge depends on a healthy economy. And a healthy economy depends on recovery such from as the recent horrible losses in manufacturing from 2001-2009. Our Congress has been given incredible powers. And throughout our history, it has exercised these power to do good for this country. These powers were delegated to Congress by our Constitution and Congress has used them to help our economy recover from its wounds on a regular basis to create jobs and improve life for all Americans, such as from 1933 to 37, from 1961 to 69, 1982 to 85, and from 1992 to 1999.

    But people like Congressional Representative Perry have decided to even ignore this important history of Congress. And worse, they have abrogate their agreement with this nation. A number of solutions have been suggested by our president. And they have been ignored because of people like Congressional Representative Perry.

    And instead, for reasons that make absolutely no sense to me Representative Perry has no interest creating the jobs we have lost, or in pursuing any economic course at all, much less the best economic path for this country. Instead of pursuing solutions to our economic woes, he and his cohorts have taken it upon themselves to block our House of Representatives. They block the House from voting on the job issues that are that are so important to the American people. And instead they have substituted a tyranny of toxic and negative lies. And now finally, this indefensible and even deranged negative agenda of actually shutting down our government and thereby defiling the Constitution itself.

    This extreme, rueful, explosive, ignorant, and foul behavior has no place in American politics.

    The divisiveness shown by these members who were elected by the people and for the American people is inexcusable. This behavior is not only a pitiful disgrace but a vicious calculated assault and battery against the well-being of a people and a the nation to whom they owe the power and position they have gained.

    It is my sincere hope that we rid ourselves of these tyrants soon and swiftly and continue our path to recover once again our economic strength and vitality. May God Bless the United States of America.

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