Published January 25, 2017
This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," September 3, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
MARTHA MACCALLUM, FOX NEWS GUEST HOST: The Tea Party Express thundering on day seven today! The coast-to-cast 16-day push to Washington continues. And FOX's Griff Jenkins is live with the express tonight in Waco, Texas! Hey, Griff! How're you doing?
GRIFF JENKINS, FOX NEWS: Hey, Martha, it's the 12th stop of the Tea Party Express in Waco, Texas!
JENKINS: Just a few folks turned out here in a big tea party that's ended just a little while ago, and a few stragglers staying behind to air their opinions. Here's a young lady. What's your name?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dallas (ph).
JENKINS: And are you a mobster (ph)?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.
JENKINS: Well, she's not a mobster. You know, it was this exciting in San Antonio, as well. The tea parties in Texas are very big. Take a look. Here's what happened in San Antonio earlier.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: USA! USA!
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: USA! USA!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: USA! USA!
JENKINS: If you could speak directly to the politicians in Washington, what would you say to them?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pack up. Get out!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No public option at all.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Leave my health care alone. My health care is fine.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nobody's got a Republican or a Democrat after their name, just an A for American!
JENKINS: If you could sit down with President Obama for five minutes, what would you say to the president?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I guess it would be, "Why do you feel the need to take so much choice and option from so many people, when this is a land where the -- our Constitution has already been written, our rules have already been written, and so there's no need to change it? If you'd like some other type of government, you should go to some other land or some other place."
JENKINS: Thank you very much.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No more bailouts or stimulus packages!
JENKINS: Here's a counter protester. Hi. What's your name?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My name's Angie Drake.
JENKINS: And you're supporting the president, supporting the health care option?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
JENKINS: You're out here, mostly anti-Obama folks. How do you feel?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A little nervous, thank you very much!
JENKINS: Why are you out here?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Why are we out here? Because we're Americans, too, and we believe that all Americans need to be heard in this debate.
JENKINS: What did you want to say?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They support ramming it down our throats! That is not in the Constitution! They should be reading the bill! They should make informed decisions and they're not -- there should not be a dictatorship and a socialist nation trying to ram it down our throats!
JENKINS: Now, Martha, we saw there in San Antonio, we saw her, as well, some counter protesters. They were few, but they are supporting the public option or the government-run health care plan. And Toby Walker (ph), you are the organizer of this party. And it's important to remind our viewers, the Tea Party Express is a bus going across the country and they're linking up with grass roots organizations in every different city. Why did you do this one?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Because we want everyone to take their country back, get involved, get informed and get off that couch!
JENKINS: They're very supportive of what you've done there. Martha, this is Doc Anderson (ph). He's the state representative, the 56th district of Texas. Doc, do you hear from the folks here? What do they feel? What's the message you want them to send to Washington?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Absolutely. This is the real grass roots. These folks are everyday folks, bankers. We got home schoolers. We got Baylor students. These folks know (INAUDIBLE) They know the federal government -- we have a crisis all right, but it's a crisis of integrity. And they're concerned about the way that things have been forced down their throat here over the last few months or so, and they're standing up. This is the original -- original clunker (ph), Griff. This is -- and this is -- talk about cash for clunkers, this clunker's going to take a huge amount of cash.
JENKINS: Well, thank you, Doc. Hey, Politics (ph)...
JENKINS: Martha, this young man is a rapper who calls himself Politics. He performed. You're from Waco. You performed on the stage earlier. Why are you out here?
"POLITICS": I want to represent that this is not one social group. We are breaking social boundaries. We are reaching people that aren't being reached, and we're going to educate. We won't stop!
JENKINS: (INAUDIBLE) give me some 20 seconds of your rap.
"POLITICS": OK. They must think we're dumb like we don't have no sight. They won't take away our rights without some kind of fight. We work to shed light on Washington! Hell, the sign in D.C. says freedom for sale! We need the Liberty Bell to ring one more time! (INAUDIBLE) spread (ph) poverty (ph) is an overlooked crime!
JENKINS: There you go! They love it out here. And just a quick word. Guys, it's -- tell me your name?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Matthew (ph).
JENKINS: Matthew, you guys are honor students here at Baylor University. Why are you out here?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just to support the cause. Come...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They think that they can fix health care. I mean, I think I can flap my wings and I can fly, but...
JENKINS: Well, good luck in studying! I know that you can flap your wings! Martha, that's it from Waco!
MACCALLUM: (INAUDIBLE) Griff. Griff's having a good time. And great folks out there tonight. Griff, thank you so much, from Waco, Texas, tonight. Good to see you.
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