Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins Margaret Hoover on Firing Line to discuss the Trump administration’s on-and-off negotiations with the Taliban, as well as the reforms she believes are needed to keep NATO healthy. The wide-ranging interview, recorded in September, also covers the growing threat of nativism and the overuse of Twitter by elected officials.
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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is Margaret Hoover's guest this week on Firing Line. They discuss guns, climate change, and the 2020 presidential race. The interview, recorded in September, provides insight into Mr. Bloomberg’s decision making process as he weighed whether or not to jump into the 2020 race himself. “I won’t need to raise money,” he said.
House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) discusses the impeachment hearings. Hurd explains why he says President Trump's call with the Ukrainian president was "inappropriate," and where he stands on allegations of bribery and extortion. Hurd discusses which witnesses he wants to hear from next, and whether or not he has made up his mind on how he would vote.
Sen. Intel Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-VA) discusses Russian election interference and how other adversaries have learned from their playbook heading into 2020. Warner talks about combating threats to voting systems and disinformation campaigns. He discusses his possible role as a juror in an impeachment trial, and says Russian spies spread the false claim that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election.
Former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin joins Firing Line to discuss his tenure in the Trump administration before the president fired him by tweet. Shulkin explains his argument against privatization of the VA, a policy dispute that he believes led to his dismissal. He also addresses Trump's leadership style and defends his controversial travel while in office.
Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara says that President Trump should be impeached for abuse of power. Bharara discusses what is ahead in the impeachment proceedings and Attorney General William Barr's criminal investigation into the origins of the counterintelligence probe. Bharara also addresses his brief tenure in the Trump administration before he was fired.
Sen. John McCain's widow Cindy and daughter Meghan join Firing Line to reflect on the Senator's legacy and bipartisan accomplishments just over a year after his passing. Cindy and Meghan address President Trump’s attacks on John McCain, the deep polarization in American politics, Meghan's role as the conservative voice on The View, and their relationship with 2020 Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson joins Firing Line to discuss race in America, the legacy of slavery, and his work defending death row prisoners. He also discusses creating The National Memorial for Peace and Justice to honor the victims of lynching, and the upcoming Hollywood movie based on his memoir, Just Mercy.
Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) joins Firing Line to discuss the Trump impeachment inquiry. Hogan addresses reports that he was considering a primary run against the President, discusses the state of the Republican party, and talks about his record as a Republican governor leading a blue state.
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg joins Firing Line to discuss House Democrats' decision to launch an impeachment inquiry into Pres. Trump. Bloomberg talks about two of his signature issues, gun safety and climate change, and explains how he sees businesses working alongside government to address global threats. He explains why he isn’t running for president in 2020, and weighs in on the field.
2020 presidential candidate and entrepreneur Andrew Yang joins Firing Line to detail his signature proposal to give every American adult $1,000 each month. Yang also discusses his growing concerns about robots and artificial intelligence replacing American jobs, and explains his goal to shift the country’s economy toward a new human-centered capitalism.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins Firing Line to discuss the breakdown of the Trump administration's negotiations with the Taliban. Dr. Rice also reflects on how the post-Cold War order has evolved, and warns against nativism and protectionism. She additionally criticizes elected officials who make policy on Twitter.
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis joins Firing Line eight months after resigning from the Trump administration to discuss leadership, the importance of allies, and America's role in conflicts in the Middle East. Mattis also explains why we should never label political opponents 'enemies of the people', and addresses his criticism of then-Vice President Joe Biden in his new book.
Terry McAuliffe, former VA Governor and DNC chair, discusses the 2020
Democratic field, including which candidate he thinks currently has the
best chance of winning. McAuliffe also addresses white nationalism during
the Trump administration in the wake of the El Paso attack and two years
after Charlottesville's violent "Unite the Right" rally that became the
biggest crisis of his governorship
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, co-sponsor of the House Medicare for All Act, makes the case for a universal government-run health insurance program. She explains why she supports eliminating private insurance and what that would mean for the 150 million+ people with employer-based coverage. She also talks about the cost of Medicare for All and whether wait times for doctors' visits would change.
Presidential candidate and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper discusses taking on Bernie Sanders in this week's presidential debate. Hickenlooper explains why he says policies advocated by some candidates, like the elimination of private insurance and the Green New Deal, will hand the election to Trump. He also discusses the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, which he initially opposed.
2020 presidential candidate and former HUD secretary Julian Castro joins Firing Line to discuss immigration policy and his breakout moment in the first Democratic debate. Castro explains why he is calling for the decriminalization of border crossings, and discusses the possibility of challenging Joe Biden on this issue when they share the stage at the next debate.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) joins Firing Line to discuss the backlash over President Trump’s racially charged tweets aimed at four Democrat Congresswoman. Cruz also discuss his concerns about anti-Semitism and socialism in the progressive left, and addresses immigration policy and border detentions.
Presidential candidate John Delaney discusses why he thinks Democrats running on popular progressive policies like Medicare for All would hand the 2020 election to Donald Trump. The former Maryland Congressman and entrepreneur details his own plans for healthcare and the environment, and makes the case that he is the candidate who will find bipartisan solutions.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) joins Firing Line to discuss Joe Biden's ties to segregationist senators, and whether he plans to use his platform as an influential South Carolina Democrat to endorse ahead of his state's key primary. Clyburn also assesses the impeachment debate within the Democratic Party, and what he says needs to happen before impeachment proceedings would begin.