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CPAC 2014: SiriusXM Progress’ Ari Rabin-Havt weathers the storm

March 7, 2014

Ari Rabin-Havt, host of The Agenda on SiriusXM Progress, braved the CPAC crowds Thursday to get the latest on conservative causes – straight from the horses’ mouths.

Karen Moreau, Executive Director at the American Petroleum Institute, sat down with Ari to discuss the Keystone XL Pipeline and climate change, which she doesn’t believe in.

“Not that many Americans actually are concerned about climate change,” Moreau said.

Rabin-Havt countered: “Should we be concerned about climate change?”

Moreau responded that we should always be concerned about (sound) science, but admitted that she disagrees with the National Academy of Science on the existence of climate change and couldn’t name a single scientist who isn’t concerned about climate change.

Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow and Manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative at the Heritage Foundation, sat down with Ari to discuss voter fraud – a notion credited to von Spakovsky himself, to which even HE admits isn’t that big of a problem.

“I’m not one who says that we have this overwhelming problem, but we do have a problem with voter fraud. There are proven cases of it, and we should be doing everything we can to deter the problem, detect the problem, and try to prevent it from happening,” von Spakovsky said.

Criminal justice reform may be one of the hottest topics at this year’s CPAC. Dennis Lennox of the Justice Fellowship explained to Ari that there is bipartisan support for this kind of reform.

“Despite all the partisan rhetoric, the partisan bluster, the fact that Washington isn’t working – criminal justice reform is actually an area where Republicans and Democrats… are coming together and saying ‘our criminal justice system is broken,'” Lennox explained.

“More importantly, our criminal justice system deserves more than sports metaphors and catchy soundbites (like) ‘three strikes and you’re out’ or ‘lock ‘em up and throw away the key.'”

For the full interviews and more of The Agenda’s CPAC coverage, visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand.


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