Former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) was back in the headlines yesterday, not for any political or legal reason, but because he will compete on ABC's Dancing with the Stars this fall. In the House, DeLay was known as "The Hammer" for his ability to keep his party members in line; now he'll be trying to keep his feet lined up as he brushes up on his cha-cha, merengue and electric slide. He'll be vying for the mirror-ball trophy with the other competitors this season – the list includes Donny Osmond, Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin, and pop star Aaron Carter. We also asked DeLay about health care reform, because when you have a congressman on the line these days, it's a hard topic to avoid. ... (click through for the full interview transcript)
"Sequins are up for negotiation. Pink color is up for negotiation. Right now I hope that I do the Paso Doble in white tie and tails."
—Former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on his new role as contestant on "Dancing with the Stars"