Congressman Hurd On Why He Decided To Leave Congress


Congressman. Will Hurd and headlines will pop up more than one calling him the future of the GOP hurt himself has expressed wonder at what he's been able to get done in Congress. Last week, he took to the House floor and talked about the opportunities he has been given how his words a young black kid could grow up come to Congress represent a majority Latino district and get 17 pieces of legislation. Signed into law well heard made that comment in his farewell speech. The so called future of the GOP decided not to run for re election this year after three terms and we wanted to hear wife Will Hurd, Republican of Texas. Welcome back great to speak with you again. It's always a pleasure to be on. Why leave Congress now? Cause there's opportunities to work on these issues that I care about in other ways. You know, everybody always asked me. You know when I decided to go to Texas, saying them versus Stanford They thought that was a crazy decision When I left the job at the CIA, because I thought I could help the intelligence community a different way by running for Congress. Folks question that in for me. The opportunity to continue working on these. What I consider generation defining challenges in other ways is exciting, and I also believe these jobs weren't created. To be in forever on the fact that I've gotten more legislation signed into law in six years, and those people do in a couple of decades. I'm pretty proud of my my legislative accomplishments. Stay for a moment on the Congress that you're leaving behind. I want to play another moment from your farewell speech on the House floor last week. My final message. For my colleagues as I depart this body. Don't treat bipartisanship like a four letter word. On leeway. Big things have ever been done in this country. Is by doing them together. And Congressman. I got a note. You delivered that speech right before 126 of your Republican colleagues in the House signed on to support the Texas lawsuit trying to overturn the results of the presidential election. Does it feel like the climate for bipartisanship even exists right now on Capitol Hill in the problem is on both sides of the aisle that we're seeing that in the cove in 19 negotiations right now and yes, I think It feels like things right now are terrible. I think the all you see on television and the newspapers is about to divisiveness. But the reality is is the number of people that could that approach me and they want to see people get things done. I think the biggest takeaway from the 2020 election should be don't be in a hole and don't be a socialist, and ultimately, I don't think either side is going to realize that And if both really, that's your biggest takeaway, don't be in a hole and don't be a socialist. Yeah. Yeah, because how did Republicans of down ballot from President win? And then President Trump lose right? It's a great question that I've been putting to a lot of your fellow Republicans. Yeah, and ultimately, it's because the American people want to see Sensible things get done, And then they didn't believe that defund. The police are getting rid of private insurance and things like that was where things should go. And so when you look at this last election 8% of the of the Congressional seats were split party right where we're in the previous presidential election, people voted for one party of president One party of Congress that's about 34 seats. 40 years ago. That number was like 160 Plus, unfortunately, a lot of our district's are designed for people only talk in primaries and so people are constantly talking to the fringes. Of their party, not the middle, which is the largest stay with the results of the November election, though, because it is many Republicans who have stood with the president and his efforts to overturn those results. Has there been lasting damage done to the faith that Americans of both parties have historically shared in the outcome of our elections? There is an erosion of trust for sure. And at many levels rights, and I think this erosion of trust has begun many years ago when it specifically started. I'm not smart enough to figure it out. But what about the erosion of trust? Just since November 3rd? Yeah. Look, you'd have to ask them because you know, I was one of the first people to Congratulate President elect Joe Biden. In this case, this was probably one of the most secure elections we've seen and democracy is not always it is not always pleasant, but this is going to lead to continue distrust and and at the end of the day when I look at where the future of the Republican Party needs ago, we need to be growing the party. We need to make sure the party starts looking like America. And when things like this happened, then it's hard to grow with those people that distrust you. Will you stay in the Republican Party? Yes, of course, I believe in and freedom. I believe freedom leaves opportunity Opportunity, Lisa. Growth and growth leads to progress. This is what I believe. I think, unfortunately, yes, the President's the titular head of the Republican Party. But not everybody believes that way. It's just like People that are married. Don't agree. 100% of the time with their spouse. And so for me, I'm gonna continue to work on those issues and those principles I believe in help candidates across the country. That would be people that I would have loved to serve with when I was an electoral office. Let

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