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Rep. Darrell Issa on calls to privatize TSA, 2016 race

This is a rush transcript from "Your World," May 27, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

CHARLES PAYNE, GUEST HOST:  Tired of those long lines at airports?  The TSA says they have a simple solution.  All they need is more money.  

California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa has an easier fix.  He says privatize is.  

(LAUGHTER)

PAYNE:  Representative Issa, privatize the TSA.  I happen to agree with you, but there are a lot of people pushing back on the notion.  

REP. DARRELL ISSA, R-CALIFORNIA:  Well, first of all, because this is a veterans holiday weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to let you know where we were.  

And with that dispensed with, what I want to do is bring the point up that America already has these public-private operations, including San Francisco.  So this is not about creating something new.  

Two years ago, Congressman Mica had the law changed that had been around since the creation of TSA that said TSA may allow these private operations. And he had it changed to shall, except the applications.

But what happened was, the TSA took more than two years to decide what the rules would be for applications, and they're continuing to slow-roll and stonewall the process of allowing cities and port districts to modernize their systems by privatizing them.

This is in the best interests of lowering those lines, and actually repeated GAO studies, the independent watchdog organization within Congress, shows that these private airports, such as San Francisco, actually have a better success rate in catching prohibited items, and, of course, they have shorter lines.  

PAYNE:  Right. I can hear the music.  I can feel the electricity there, like any Trump event.  And I think you're going to be speaking there later on.  We just had news come across the wire that Donald Trump had decided not -- against-- not debating Bernie Sanders, although earlier today, he seemed to still be somewhat enthusiastic about it.  What is going on there?  

ISSA:  Well, I think Donald Trump would love to raise $10 million for veterans, for charity, and in fact have an opportunity to contrast Bernie Sanders' openly leftist views with his, particularly since Hillary Clinton has continued to essentially embrace Bernie Sanders and his socialist agenda.  

So, I'm still hopeful that it will happen.  I think it would be a great opportunity for America to see that we're at a crossroads.  We can either go to the left, like Venezuela, and have failure, or we can reinvigorate our economy and have the kind of success we had during the Reagan years.  

It is a decision time, and hopefully that would be an opportunity for America to see us.  

PAYNE:  Before I let you go, Congressman Issa, why do you think, though, so many Americans, even with the sight of Venezuela, even with the long and miserable track regard of socialism, have been attracted to Bernie Sanders so far?  

ISSA:  Well, first of all, the young people attracted to Bernie Sanders says a lot about how Hillary Clinton cannot invigorate the next generation of voters, but also, quite frankly, college debt has been a big factor.  

Rather than Bernie Sanders admitting that the cost of college tuition has gone faster higher than it should, he simply says we need to get it for free.  

PAYNE:  Right.  

ISSA:  You know what?  It was government subsidies that allowed universities to increase their tuitions far faster than they should have, allowed them not to, in fact, innovate efficiency.  And if you go down Bernie Sanders' road, what you will end up with is a huge entitlement...

PAYNE:  Well...

ISSA:  ... vs. real reform in education costs.  

PAYNE:  Representative Issa, it looks like you're going to have a good time there.  I know you're speaking as well.  Have fun, buddy.  We will talk to you again real soon.  

ISSA:  Thank you.  All right.  Thank you.  

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