That's My Issue: Jon Stewart on Experience and Politics (Video)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

That’s My Issue is WNYC’s election-year project to gather stories of how your life experience has shaped your politics. Share your story and create your custom badge, read all the stories in the archive, record an audio story directly from your computer, and see much more about the project at the That’s My Issue homepage.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has long talked about how his parents' experience of immigrating from Cuba to the United States has helped shape his politics. He recently told that story on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. What caught our ear the most, though, was Stewart's question about the impact of personal experience - particularly the way in which conservatives view government services. Here's the heart of Stewart's question, which was, actually, closer to a statement:

You have deep and heartfelt feelings about [immigration], you have experiences with it. Dick Cheney has a different view on gay marriage than many of the conservatives. His daughter is gay. John McCain has a different thought about interrogation because he was interrogated. It makes me wonder that there is so much within the Republican party that is about these entitlements and these things that happen. Is it that if you have experience with something and you understand the complexity of it because you’ve experienced it, it no longer becomes an entitlement, it’s this valid issue that needs to be addressed in a nuanced way.

Watch the full interview with Rubio below, and tell us what you make of Stewart's idea. And, of course, add your story of personal experience and politics at the That's My Issue homepage.



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