MSNBC's Martin Bashir calls Rep. Frank Guinta "very reasonable"

(Washington – September 20, 2011)    During an interview with MSNBC’s Martin Bashir this afternoon, the anchor pressed Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) about the partisan tone that has dominated Washington.  The Congressman replied, “the rhetoric from all sides must come down.”  Bashir admitted “I’m slightly taken aback by your reasonableness.”  Later, he again called Representative Guinta “very reasonable.”

You can watch the three minute interview by clicking he link below.  Excerpts from the interview follow it.


BASHIR:  “Congressman Guinta, thank you very much for joining us.”

GUINTA:  “Martin, it's my pleasure to be back.”

BASHIR:  “Thank you.  The Tea Party was accused of taking the country to the brink of destruction over the debt ceiling debate.  Some even used the language hostage taking.  So what are your plans for the President's jobs bill?”

GUINTA:  “Well, I think the rhetoric, Martin,  needs to come down.  We need to focus on substance and results.  That's what the country wants to see, so –“

BASHIR:  “Wow!   So Mr. Guinta, you're saying you're going to bring the rhetoric down?”

GUINTA:  “I think the rhetoric from all sides should come down.  I'm here to represent New Hampshire in a fundamentally strong and passionate way, but I'm going to make sure I do it in a responsible way.   As I look at the President's programs and proposals, I'll take an honest look at them like every Member of Congress should, and I would ask that the President do the same when we talk about different ideas and perspectives that we have relative to the proposals he’s bringing forward.”

BASHIR:  “Mr. Guinta, I'm slightly taken aback by your reasonableness.”