tv House Majority Whip Steve Scalise CSPAN June 16, 2018 12:11pm-12:51pm EDT
injured while tracked the for the congressional baseball game eric he talked about the shooting, his at sign gonzalez and his legislative agenda. this is 40 minutes. thank you for the energy coalition for making this possible. i'd like to remind everyone that is a you can we meet at #like book interview. best. do my please join us and welcome house majority whip steve scalise. >> all right. thank you so much. it's no coincidence those are purple, correct?
mr. scalise was zipping around the capitol in a louisiana themed scooter which i imagine was custom made for you and not something i can go sit at a store. >> and it would play "eye of the tiger" we'll put that in the annals of the archives. ? that could go to a museum somewhere, luckily. let's obviously talk about -- first, i want to mention it came out that mr. scalise is writing a book "back in the game" which comes out november 13, a week after election day, and it's 304 pages. we have the same book agent so we have not written 304 pages. no. so impressive.
and cutting unverifiable nuclear deals. what makes this different? scleastscloast the fact you have a negotiation and a relationship with one of the nuclear countries in the world. we want to see denuclearized. and clearly with north korea and iran, they are both countries that i think most of our allies around the world would prefer to see them get denuclearized but the president never got engaged on either front, frankly. on iran went the wrong direction with the deal that now president trump is trying to reverse. but on north korea, finally start getting a relationship to get an agreement. look, there are reports coming out north korea agreed they would actually stop doing some missile engine tests.
that's a positive step but to have north korea and kim jong un say he commits to denuclearize. that's an important step. now let's go through and follow quick what are the concerns? >> the concerns, they have been able to build up this arsenal for years, running tes that en satth korea, that threaten japan, that threaten the united states. so you saw that saber rattling go on for more than a decade and finally we see the chance to have that reversed. >> how important is it that congress has a say in what happens with north korea? mr. scalise: well, if there is a new agreement, the president's indicated he would likely come back to congress and i think that will be an important step. again, one of the many criticisms of the iran deal that president obama never brought it to the congress and that it wasn't a formal treaty and so the president, president trump is able to reverse it. >> one of the things the president said he will stop what he calls the war games on the korean peninsula and around the
korean peninsula which means military training exercises with the south koreans and things that have been going on for many years. what are your feelings on that having been around house republicans and republicans on the hill for a long time? it seems like that might be something some people might be worried about, the complete stop of those activities? >> i think the military presence in south korea is still going to be maintained. in fact, that was one of the things that was -- >> he said he wants to bring them home. >> he wants to bring them home but not bring them home until he gets a true revirblee denuclearization. when you have the -- reviable denuclearization. when you have the troops there, you have training exercises to invade north korea. i don't think anybody is expecting an invasion of north korea but the military presence remains. again, these are all agreements based on north korea moving towards denuclearizing. if they don't then obviously these other things can continue. >> right. let's shift gears a little bit. one of the big issues on your plate is
immigration reform. right now there's been a very dramatic effort, to say the least, over the last couple of weeks regarding daca, republicans haven't moved on an immigration vote. so far 215 lawmakers have signed a petition to force a vote. you and g.o.p. leaders have been kind of frantically trying to find a way to stop that effort. what's the latest? >> i don't want to see a discharge petition and have been working actively with the rest of our leadership to stop it. we have been having productive meetings with a wide range of our members. if you look at our conference just amongst republicans in the house, immigration has probably been one of the most divisive issues. meaning we have a lot of us -- i am a co-sponsor of the goodlatte-mccaul bill. i think that's the right approach to secure the border, fund the wall, address a lot of the loopholes and to stove sof the daca problem. clearly we have members on the other side of that issue, especially as it relates to daca. we have been having a cross section of all of
those members in meetings for the last few weeks and making a lot of headway. and i think, number one, it's been productive we are trying to get to an agreement on a bill that can get 218 votes. we are not there yet. but i think we're moving a lot closer. in exchange we would make sure there would be no discharge petition. >> your odds are there will be no discharge petition? >> whether or not they get it, i don't think they'll get a discharge petition. you just saw dennis ross came out saying he won't sign a discharge petition. i know i talked as well as other members of our leadership team talked to dennis about his concerns. i think it was important he and others that we have spoken to that were going to sign that ultimately didn't sign the discharge petition. >> you are confident it won't happen tonight? >> i am confident it won't happen tonight. consciously optimistic. there are productive talks going on to try to get an agreement amongst republicans to solve a
problem that was created by barack obama. remember, barack obama was the one who said, come to america illegally, bring your kids to america illegally, we won't try to solve the problem, we'll look the other way and let somebody else fix it. now we're trying to fix it. >> the discharge petition, which is a way to go around leadership and to circumvent what members might see as inaction by the leadership, would basically allow a vote on the dream act, on the house floor, something that you guys -- your leadership team publicly talked about wanting to avoid, wanting to stay away from. talk about that and talk about what you think the electoral impacts would be if a republican house, under a republican house a dream act got through the chamber? >> i think it would be devastating if something like the dream act would pass. it threatens national security. it does not secure the border. what we want to do is get a real agreement that secures the border. if you go back to 1986, a lot of people hearken back to the last big immigration agreement there was. 1986 they
gave amnesty with the promise of border security and the border security never came. let's actually get the border security upfront. there seems to be broad agreement we should secure the border. well, then why not go and do it? and then address these other problems. look, a lot of the loopholes that are out there that there's a wide agreement on, a good agreement we should example is homeland security secretary nielsen has talked about this. if somebody comes to america illegally and they commit a felony in america, serves their time, when they get out of jail, depending which country they're from, if she wants to send them back to their country, she has to call and get an agreement that that country will take -- hey, i have a felon that just came out of prison, will you take them back? surprisingly the answer is usually no and so they have to stay in the united states. that's a ridiculous policy. why don't we fix that? and our bill will work to fix those kinds of problems too. >> one of the issues caught up in this immigration debate has nothing to do with it, the farm bill. what is your sense of if
you can move forward on that, what's your timing? have you been working with mr. meadows and some of these other conservatives who blocked the farm bill from passing? >> yeah, the farm bill itself wasn't where the problem was and clearly the farm bill had gotten pulled into the immigration debate. the farm bill's really good policy and especially we put some new work requirements in place. especially when you look at the way that the economy's growing, more and more companies -- "wall street journal" last week reported there are more job openings today than there are people looking for jobs. that's a great remarkable success story but at the same time why are we paying people that are able-bodied not to work when there are companies that are looking to hire? so the work requirements in the farm bill are really important for the economy. president trump wants that, too. let's get the farm bill passed. we have to work through the immigration issues first. i think we are going to get there soon. >> you think before the election you'll bring up the farm bill? >> yes.
>> it's june 12, so we are just under five months from election day. i'm curious what you think as you sit here today knowing the political climate, which is, you know, jobless rates that are at an historic low. the economy is ticking pretty well. the stock market's up. what do you think congress needs to do besides no harm between -- for republicans between now and election day? what would you -- what do you think helps your chances? >> i think to continue to follow through on the policies that got us here. clearly the tax cuts and jobs act worked more effectively and quicker than anybody would have imagined. the benefits are affecting every segment of our society. african-american unemployment at its all-time low in the history of our country, hispanic unemployment at its all-time low. and so everybody's benefiting from this. i agree, let's not do any harm. we're actually -- we actually want to come back and double down and do a tax cuts 2.0. make the temporary taxes permanent. because of senate rules, the number of the individual tax cuts had to be temporary while some other tax cuts were
permanent. let's make all of them permanent. put more certainty in the marketplace. we're going to bring that bill later on this year. >> when will we see that bill? >> before the election we will bring that bill. chairman brady and his committee is working on it. that will be something that will be another healthy step to secure the economic growth that we're having. on the regulation front, we've worked closely with president trump to reverse a lot of the radical regulations that had nothing to do with health and safety of people. it was just frying to carry out an agenda that was killing jobs in america. we're now bringing those jobs back. let's keep locking that in. we passed 16 different bills to reverse obama-era regulations and reverse them permanently in law. so those are the kind of things we're going to continue working on. getting a farm bill that puts work requirements in place. that's something that will be important to do. we're continuing to pass bills on the opioid crisis. one of the big crises working across our country, every community has been touched by this opioid crisis. we have a number of bills our energy and commerce committee has moved through that
we'll continue to pass on the house floor and hopefully through to the president's desk to address that crisis. >> speaking of doing no harm, the president and tariffs and the chilling things we're dealing with our allies. a lot of people in the midwest, a lot of your republican members talk off the floor, if this is not fixed, it will be a major problem for 2018. what do you see happening? are you trying to do back channeling on tariffs and the president's administration? >> well, i believe in fair trade. we see a number of countries. china is a classic example of countries that go around rules that dump products and creates other problems throughout the marketplace and the world. with some of our allies in the world, the president is trying to renegotiate. nafta, he's talking with mexico and canada. with canada, look, by all estimates, canada got a really good deal out of the last agreement.
frankly, there are a lot of barriers to entry into canada. the united states and canada have always had a close relationship but yet they still have a lot of barriers to entry. dairy is a classic example of an industry that's hurt between the united states and canada's agreement. president trump wants to get a better deal for america. i don't think that's a bad thing. in negotiations sometimes people talk a little heated, but at the end of the day, if what results -- what the result is a better deal for america and that's a good thing. what was your reaction when you saw some of those images and some of those stories from the g-7 with the president talking to the core base of american allies in western europe and north america too? >> there were back and forth. it must the -- >> in the end, i don't think there will be any kind of invasion of any of our allies. when you talk to our allies around the world, they are i think more receptive and happy
that the united states is standing up for our allies against some of our adversaries around the world. you didn't see that in the last eight years. so these kind of talks, again, when they are negotiations going on, everyone is trying to get leverage so people get heated. what the end result is should be our main concern. if this all ends with better deals for america, that's a better deal for our allies, too, because if canada got a much better deal in the last agreement, it's created animosity in industries like agriculture and the dairy industry and there shouldn't be that kind of resentment. let's go and fix that. >> you expressed some skepticism where the president is on russia and rejoining the g-7, saying you weren't sure they should be readmitted. what's your take on trump's russia policy? >> well, first of all, i think he's been -- he's been at least willing to stand up for america when it comes to the aggressive nature of russia trying to move into eastern europe. energy policy, by the way, is something that gets a lot less credit than
it should for helping our allies. geopolitically we are able to use energy to help our friends around the world with liquefied natural gas with a lot of the things we are doing to become energy dominant. ryan zinke uses that term. president trump has done that with good solid energy policies. so let's continue to help our friends and stand up to russia, stand up to iran, stand up to north korea, and these agreements that you're seeing i think are helping advance that >> should russia be readmitted to the g-7? >> let them work their way back in. one of the things he is doing is help get more leverage in these other negotiations. >> let's talk about how this energy policy pertains to you guys in the house. gas prices ron the rise across the country. -- are on the rise across the country. i'm wondering, republicans blasting you for this. we are going into summer driving season. people going on vacations. what -- what do you think the political impact of
those are? >> those democrats will vote for the same energy policy. let's open up for exploration. we'll see when that vote comes. i'm not counting those in my account. >> i would not either. [laughter] that's good reporting on your side. [laughter] mr. scalise: energy prices are cyclical especially when you look at gas prices in the summer. people are driving, going on vacation. by the way, because of the healthy economy, they are able to go on vacation that they weren't able to take over the last 10 years. that's good that people are able to get around, travel, spend time with their families. you see gas prices go up and down again through cyclical times like summer and it will settle back down. this will increase more energy exploration and production in america so we're not going to have to be buying as much gas from our enemies around the world. let's actually be able to produce our own. and the excess now because we lifted the ban on oil exports, we are able to send that around the world. that creates more american jobs. like i said, geopolitically, it helps our
allies around the world. >> does that mean we get a jaycation? i'm ready. >> talk to "politico" about that. >> you can be our negotiator. >> do you think today, the election is not today, but it were do you think you'll keep the majority? >> i think we will keep the majority. it's for a lot of reasons but the economy someone of the biggest. the fact that nancy pelosi is out there, number one, saying she would run for speaker but saying what she would do as speaker and the first thing she said she would do is raise your taxes. >> she said that at a "politico" event. >> let me make breaking news, we will not letter be speaker. we will keep these taxes permanent. and help rebuild the middle class that has evaporated over the past 10 years. >> let me shift gears a little bit. this is your first public event after your shooting. almost a year ago. what's
changed in your daily life since then? >> you know, look, it's put a lot more focus to me on the things that are important in my life. first is my family. my family was always important to me, but just being able to spend that quality time and appreciate that quality time with my family has been really important. they have been with me every step of the way. jennifer came to the hospital with the kids the day of the shooting. then, to be able to get back and do the job i love. i really did love doing my job. serving southeast louisiana in congress. serving as majority whip in leadership. to be able to have that ability to come back. there were days where i wasn't sure. especially those first few days in and out of surgeries and fighting for my life. didn't know what i would be able to do. didn't know i would be able to walk again, let alone get back to work. i am able to do both. thank god. >> did you think it was time to
hang up the laces on congress and do something different? >> a lot of people think that. >> when i see my colleagues that announce their retirement, they seem to smile more and more every day and have stopped but for whatever brief moment in time we get to do these jobs and it's an honor to be able to represent people throughout the country in congress. i represent 750,000 people. there are fewer members of congress in the history of our country than there are people who played in the nfl or played in major league baseball. i mean, it's hard to get these jobs. we fight for these jobs. we won't have these jobs at some point.
the time you have them, make every minute count. work as hard as you can to accomplish the things you came here to do. i don't ever wake up and wonder about that. i look at the capitol dome every night i'm leaving. it's a moment where you still pinch yourself. if you don't have that feeling, if you don't feel these goose bumps when you look at the light, the dome lit up, you should leave. i love doing this job. there will be a day when i don't get to do it. so while i'm here i want to make every minute count. jake: i often say about you and some of the people you share an affliction about love of congress which is a tough affliction for people to have. mr. scalise: i love the country and the opportunity you get being a member of congress to help change the direction of the country. for a long time i thought we were headed in a wrong direction. we have a lot of big things to fix. but just what we have been able to do working with this president, we achieved some really big things. you are seeing the results of it by seeing an economy take off again. for eight years we had less than 2% economic growth. every single quarter for eight years. people came to expect that was the norm, that was as good as we could do. i never believed that. to be able to work with the president in donald trump who wanted to get the economy moving again and give people the shot at the american dream again, we're seeing it happen through the policies we've been able to implement. let's do more of it. jake: i was thinking recently in
writing our book, you were i think sworn in may, 2008. when you came to d.c., republicans were pretty well in the dumps. you guys had pretty -- huge -- you were in a big minority in the house which deepened later that year. you lost the presidency. it's been a pretty -- politics are full of wild swings of the pendulum. mr. scalise: it was as low as we could get. especially after president obama was sworn in. i was on the energy and commerce committee. i had just got on in the beginning of the 2009 cycle. cycle henry waxman was the chairman. they moved through obamacare. i was in there for those debates. jake: cap and trade. mr. scalise: we had al gore testify before our committee. i did get five minutes to question him. that time goes by really quickly. you get to confront a lot of those differences. but at the same time they were moving their agenda through. very rapidly.
i think it helped wreck the economy. but you could see the damage that it was going to do. i still have my original version of obamacare in my district office back in new orleans. little notes that i would flag that, ok, this is going to hurt this part of the economy. this is going to make health care worse and more expensive and all of those happen. we now have a chance to reverse a lot of that. jake: could i ask you back to the sheeting for a second, we heard a lot about your recovery and seeing a lot of footage on "60 minutes" and you talked about it. could you talk about what you said before, the days after the shooting -- where you were not sure -- i am sorry if there is a spoiler alert for the book -- but talk about the days where it was pretty touch and go by all accounts? mr. scalise: the first three days i was unconscious. i was in and out of major surgeries. especially the first two days. my doctors weren't sure i was going to make it. they had to cut me open. a lot of internal injuries. the bullet was a .762 caliber bullet. you could take a bear down. when i looked at it, i was
amazed i am still alive. there were a lot of miracles that happened. i asked my trauma surgeon a month after when i was kind of fully recovered but in recovery. i said, how bad was it? he said, steve, the first day there were two different times we thought you weren't going to make it. he told me why. you know, it was that kind of unsure, uncertainty whether i was going to make it through. my wife was going through that as well. there were some dark days. look, a lot of prayers went out all around the country. i still thank people for the prayers because that helped us get us through those really dark days. anna: give us an update on your health. you recently had a pretty take surgery. how are you feeling? do you have more surgeries? mr. scalise: i had the last of my planned surgeries. jake: how many? mr. scalise: i had nine different surgeries from the beginning of this. these last -- the last surgery was very successful. again, i give great praise to my
team of surgeons. i put them through the wringer. but, you know, they -- jake: they put you through the wringer. mr. scalise: the marvels of modern science. they helped me. people wonder about the military injuries. a lot of the advancements we've seen in medical science have come from some of the things that happen in the military. our men and women in iraq and afghanistan who have been injured in some pretty traumatic accidents that would have taken the lives of soldiers in previous wars. in vietnam. today they're able to live. and science has advanced. those advancements help everybody in every hospital across this country. i have been blessed to benefit from a lot of the advancements in science that got me through today. i came to the hospital with a zero blood pressure. anybody will tell you, you don't make it through that. somehow i did. so all these surgeries have helped get me through all of those different challenges and now i can just focus on the
recovery. jake: what was it like that first time walking onto the house floor? mr. scalise: oh, my gosh. nothing like it. it was one of the very few moments in my life, from the birth of my kids and marriage, the things that you'll always remember, just -- there were days i wasn't sure i was going to be able to do that. to be able to walk back onto the house floor on my own with my crutches, it was a limited amount of time -- space i could walk but i was able to get back on the floor. jake: you were able to walk pretty good. mr. scalise: i was able to go to the podium and share with my colleagues the things i had been through and how they and others helped me get through it. just an incredibly special moment to feel that support and to be welcomed back like that was just unbelievable. anna: i remember there was so much bipartisanship, republicans and democrats kind of coming up to you and this feeling that maybe this is going to be the turning point in washington of people coming together. that kind of quickly eroded. jake: we should have known better. mr. scalise: there are fleeting
moments and we'll get some of those back. look, there are some real big partisan divides in this country. you can look at the election and see how we are a divided country. the house even more than the senate is a true reflection of the divisions within our country so it shouldn't be any surprise that there are divisions on big issues like on taxes, like on health care, like on some of the other issues where we disagree. the line's share of the bills we move through congress are very bipartisan and they don't get much attention because they are not as sexy of issues. on opioids, on the 21st century cures act, major legislation that's been signed into law that was overwhelmingly bipartisan but it gets no attention because people like the food fights and they like to report on the food fights. there are other moments of comity like that. and the congressional baseball game is one of those times where we compete against each other very viciously and republicans are going to win this year but it -- jake: i really don't think. mr. scalise: look, we won two
years ago when i played, jake. i don't know whose side you are on. we lost when i didn't play. i told cedric richmond that. i am coming back with a vengeance. if they need me to run bases then the republicans are in trouble. anna: one of the big issues there hasn't been agreement on is gun control legislation. i think some people have been surprised that your position hasn't really changed much. talk about where you stand on guns, kind of -- obviously you have been impacted in a way that most of us haven't. mr. scalise: i was a strong supporter of the second amendment before the shooting. frankly, as hardened by ever impart because i was saved by people with guns. the capitol police security detail crystal griner and bailey job of carrying out their duties at the way they were trained to. they saved my life but they also saved the lives of every other member. there were over a dozen members of congress and staffers who would have been executed.
that was the intention of the shooter. and the only reason they weren't is because we had law enforcement there who were trained with weapons to counter the shooter. let's make sure that our laws are being carried out. but to say you should take away the rights of law abiding citizens because somebody breaks the law is not the answer. jake: i wonder what you think betsy devos in a recent hill testimony said that her studies about school violence should not study guns, something that was criticized on the right and left. i am curious what you think of that? mr. scalise: it's more -- there have been attempts to have them study gun control. that's not something we should do. that's something congress debates. but at the end of the day that's a purview of congress. that debate happens, by the way, and fortunately we have been able to maintain a strong second amendment but it's under attack. clearly you see attempts. the people that bring these various bills on gun control, a lot of them have said they want to go further. they want to have universal gun registration. even confiscating weapons in some cases.
that is not where our country should go. jake: some people -- it reminds me of this all the time. some people believe that republicans -- the mood of the nation is shifting and has shifted pretty drastically in the last five years with the spate of shootings. you don't feel that way. you don't feel like the nation -- the view on gun control is shifting across the country because of an unusually violent last few years? mr. scalise: look, whenever there is a tragedy, the first thing i do is pray and we should all pray for the victims. again, the prayers in those first few days helped me and my family get through those times so prayers really do matter. but then you always see this rush by the left to just go and automatically call for gun control before they even find out. gee, if it was a shotgun they are quiet because they won't bring a bill to ban a shotgun. if it is some other weapon, they're saying you have to ban this or that. the next shooting won't be this
or that. it will be something else. to say there is a magic bill to pass to say it will not happen again. decades ago we had lots of guns readily available and you didn't have these mass school shootings. there is something going on in our culture that we need to focus on. mental health is one of those things. we're putting a sharper focus on mental health in congress. we created a new assistant secretary of health for mental health and substance abuse. that's important. let's get to the deeper root of the problem. hey, if you ban this or that it won't happen again. look, we have to recognize that this is going on and it's not something that happened decades ago. let's look more at that. anna: i think what you're referring to, when we travel the country we often talk -- go to a lot of red states. my question -- and i asked a lot of people on the ground, is there a concern for republicans, that they are going to lose an entire generation of voters when you look at all of the students that have been impacted by this and are calling for gun control, is there any -- do you have any
sense that kind of next generation is going to be not where republicans are on this issue? mr. scalise: there are a lot of issues that ultimately go into making a decision to vote for or against somebody. whatever your position on the second amendment will be one thing. but, look, just the economy. that's always been the top issue for most people. if you look at the last number of cycles and the fact that the economy is doing really well benefits us. the fact that people are seeing more money in their paychecks. you know, nancy pelosi called it crumbs. that was an insult to -- if you're let's say the $50 a week that you're getting back in your paycheck or even $50 a month you are getting back in your paycheck that she might have thought is a small amount is a big amount to a lot of families. that is going to be a big factor when they vote when they know that pelosi wants to take that $50 a month away from them. when the average savings account in america is $400, that's $600 a month is a big deal. that might mean the difference between a family vacation or not. those factors also play into,
you know, ultimately what happens for young people, too. young people are benefiting the most from this economy because they were the segment hit the hardest by a weak economy. kids graduating from college and whatever the degree was, they might have $150,000 of student debt and they couldn't find a job. they were living in their mom's basement. that wasn't a fun time for them. now actually a lot of those people are working and making good money and they're seeing more in their paycheck because of tax cuts and they're recognizing, hey, those are good policies that benefit me personally. jake: we only have a couple minutes left. we'll go to the most "politico" questions of them all. speaker paul ryan's leaving. do you think he will make it until november? mr. scalise: i think he will. he said he wants to stay through. he's continuing to carry through on our agenda working with the president. of course, on the political side, raising the money it takes to compete in those competitive districts that are going to be the difference between who has the majority in november. anna: you have said that you will not challenge house
majority leader kevin mccarthy. do you still stand by that? mr. scalise: yes. jake: could you -- it's funny because we always hear when we write stories about leadership, no one cares besides reporters which we know to be demonstrably false from all of the members of congress who constantly chatter about it. i wonder why you think mccarthy would be a good speaker? mr. scalise: well, first of all, he has a good relationship with president trump. as majority leader, you can see the bills, he schedules the floor, and we moved i think a very strong agenda through the house. now, there would be bills we can point to that the senate hasn't passed. health care being the biggest one, that the house passed that the senate hasn't. kevin and i worked very closely together to put those coalitions together to pass that agenda forward. jake: and could you -- what is your relationship with the president like? i know he was obviously very -- he's said a lot of nice things about you publicly. could you take us behind the scenes about what it's like to work with the president? mr. scalise: it's great to work with president trump. we built a strong relationship. i endorsed him in the primaries.
frankly, in the general election, worked very hard to try to bridge some of those gaps with other republicans that weren't there yet. the contrast couldn't be clearer between president trump and hillary clinton. if you talk about working with president trump -- first off, one of the first people to come to the hospital when i was there fighting for that life that first night was president trump and the first lady. it was incredibly important to jennifer, my wife, who was there just not sure if her husband was going to make it through the night to have the president and first lady there to really give her some strength and support. throughout the time in the hospital, he would just call me randomly. you would get these weird phone numbers showing up on your phone, can you hold for the president of the united states? he would call and check in on me and talk about recovery. we talked about policy and tax cuts and those things. when i am in meetings with the president -- and i have gotten an opportunity to work with him a lot on moving our agenda from health care to tax cuts and other things, he's wonderful to
work with. it's nothing like what you follow on twitter. he is focused on getting our economy moving and helping the middle class. people don't see that side enough. but he's got a warm, genuine side that i've been fortunate to see and when people ask me, what is he like? that's the first thing i say because, again, people don't see that enough. jake: and you talked about all of the people that reached out to you after the shooting. could you talk about that from the people you heard from after? mr. scalise: everything ranging from prime minister benjamin netanyahu to bono. i had long conversations with both. so -- jake: bono's station in public life is interesting. what was the conversation with him like? mr. scalise: one of the first things i said because the following week after the shooting i was going to be , taking my son to the u2 concert in washington, d.c. and my son was going to be spending the week in washington with me. i was really looking forward to that to having him up in washington with me. but to go to see u2.
he said, look, if you're healthy enough, come see us in new orleans. my doctor would not let me out in time. i got discharged the next week. i thought about escaping from the hospital a week earlier to go see u2 in new orleans at the superdome. he is coming back. i was a big u2 fan in college. i talked about seeing u2 on the riverboat president in new orleans before the "joshua tree" album. he said, wait a minute. he remembered. that was before the "joshua tree" album. you are a longtime fan. we talked about a lot of things. he was genuine. he prayed for my family. he actually went to my office the day after the concert to take pictures with my staff and sign a get-well card. again, just seeing the other side of people like that. benjamin netanyahu shared with me stories about how his brother, of course, was lost in the raid, was the only death from that raid. but he talked about he himself was shot too.
we just shared some personal stories. to get to know some of our friends and world leaders in a deep way like that and see how much they cared about me but it was more about our country. the fact they reached out because a member of congress was shot shows how much they care about america and how these relationships we have with our allies are so deep rooted and so important to maintain. anna: well, talk about the election 2018. he said trump in person is a little bit different than he is on twitter. how many of your republican colleagues will want him to be out there stumping for them or do you think it will be touch and go in different spots? mr. scalise: every election is different. the fact that the president is aggressively helping us raise the money. each one of these swing districts is going to cost millions of dollars on both sides. republicans, democrats will be fighting them out. the georgia election when tom price's seat was filled.
that cost over $50 million. every district will not be like that. we won. it shows you how expensive some of these can be. the fact he is helping us is important. each member knows what is ahead. unlike 2010, when we took the house back, there were a lot of democrats who did not think they had to raise until a week before and they lost. even if you're beyond a swing district, they know you would better be ready to cycle for what is coming. we have the ability with what has happened in the economy to hold those. there are some seats we do not hold that we're going to win back and flip. any chance you one for governor of louisiana 2019? scalies: no. are you going to run? best food in the world is new orleans. i get to represent the best food cuisine.
she revolutionized the food industry across the country. : anna knows what you are talking about. mr. scalise: all the great restaurants in new orleans, many of them have a tie back. >> all the chefs. mr. scalise: emeril. >> we're out of time. i want to add one more quick story. i went with mr. scalise to an oil rig off the shore of louisiana in 2014. i made it through. at some point i looked around and i was on an oil rig 250 miles in middle of the gulf of mexico with michelle bachmann and mark sanford. i survived that. i can survive anything. mr. scalise: i have a party switch card. if you want to join in. >> thank you for being here. >> thank you to the energy coalition for making this possible and the d.c. of our association for hosting us today. thank you for watching the live
stream. see you at our next event. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: the day after this interview, scully's participated in the congressional baseball game. this time last year, he was recovering in the hospital after being shot during practice. here's a look at him making the first play of the game. we are underway, 2018 congressional baseball game and a ground ball to second.