An Exit Interview with Utah's Sen Bob Bennett

Monday, November 22, 2010

(FILE) U.S. Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) speaks during a news conference on the economic stimulus package on Capitol Hill January 29, 2009 (Alex Wong/Getty)

This past election season was dominated by coverage of the Tea Party — and many outgoing politicians were ousted by Tea Party-backed candidates. Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) was among the first and most surprising of these casualties, losing to Tea Party-supported Mike Lee in Utah's Republican convention, back in May.

In the second of our ongoing "Exit Interview" series, Bennett joins us to discuss the role of fear in campaigning, his support for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and the unpredictability of politics.

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Bob Bennett

Comments [2]

Rex from Salt Lake City, UT

Charles- I understand what you are saying, but in saying "We want the Constitution to be followed", what you are really saying is you want your interpretation of the constitution to be followed. As a citizen, we need to be respectful of others opinions--something that the far right and far left have no desire to do. Just because one may disagree with another does not make either one "right" or "wrong", it means they disagree. To force your understanding of the constitution on someone else is tyranical and unjust. We need respect and understanding first, then we can move towards solutions.

Nov. 23 2010 01:06 PM
Charles Sutton from Massachusetts

I just listened to Sen Bennett's comments on the recent election. He attributed the success of the Tea Party to fear regarding the economic situation that had turned to anger.

While that economic fear was certainly a reality, it was far from the only reality. A second aspect, which for many of us conservatives was even more important, was the conviction that the "pragmatic solutions" to many problems of the most recent decades have led to an unconstitutional role for the Federal Government, as revealed in many of the most recent acts of Congress, such as TARP.

We want the Constitution to be followed. Our continued freedom depends on it.

Nov. 22 2010 09:58 AM

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