Congressman John Mica on Republican Partisanship and Compromise

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

John Mica, center, at a forum on the state of the aviation industry in 2009. (Transportation & Aviation Infrastructure GOP/flickr)

The Republican National Convention is being held this week in Tampa, Florida. It’s a chance for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to affirm where they stand for voters. But it’s also the biggest partisan event for Republicans. An event where, once every four years, lawmakers, lobbyists, strategists, funders and activists come together in the same city, if not always in the same room.

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich speaks with John Mica, the Republican head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee who has represented Florida’s 7th District on the state's east coast since 1993. Mica is fresh off a competitive primary against another incumbent congressman. Mica explains what makes Florida a battleground state and talks about partisanship and compromise in the Republican party.


John Mica and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Ben Bradford, Rebecca Klein and John Light

Comments [4]

How can Mica try and sell that he's gotten things accomplished?? Congress has gotten exact 54 pieces of legislation to the Presidents desk and 14 of them were changes of post office names! If he thinks that this was 'success' then he's a part of the problem, too. Thanks John Boehner...I know what you meant when you said "The American people have spoken loud and clear...".

Mr. Christie will claim the property tax cap and the changes to tenure rules as victories but canceling the ARC tunnel (6k jobs that WEREN'T created) and losing $400M in Race to the Top funding have really hurt the employment picture here in NJ. And then he raised tolls on Port Authority bridges and tunnels and had the nerve to blame it on Corzine. I can't buy what Chris is selling because he is not honest.

Aug. 28 2012 03:53 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

@dlmc -

"I know you are but what am I?"

Are you seriously contending that it is Democrats who are ejecting the party centrists? Ever heard of RINO and who do you think coined it.


Aug. 28 2012 03:40 PM

Amusing listening to the "centrist" who expects decent treatment from the liberal media. The interview is 3/4 over before he realizes Zwillich is trashing him and not just his party. Too late. The democrats are not fractured because they are a party of the EXTREME left, all the centrists have been sent packing. Pelosi tolerates no stray dogs, blue or otherwise.

Aug. 28 2012 08:37 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I get it now... Politics have become a team sport instead of a personal debate in which each person analyzes what he or she thinks...

In baseball, when there's a close play at the plate, nobody sees their team in the wrong or can even look at the replay and analyze it fairly... I get it now... we will always remain split and there is no future

Aug. 28 2012 08:19 AM

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