Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the congresswoman from Miami. She is also one of Jay’s favorite people in public life (and in life). A congresswoman since 1989, she is retiring at the end of this session.
With Scott Immergut, the producer known as Blue Yeti, Jay traveled to Capitol Hill to record this “Q&A” in person. Ros-Lehtinen’s office was the setting. There are dogs, babies, and general good cheer: This is a family atmosphere. No one ever enjoyed being a member of Congress more than Ros-Lehtinen has.
Jay asks her about presidents: Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, Obama, and Trump. He also asks her about speakers of the House: Newt, Hastert, Boehner, Pelosi, and Ryan.
There are many other subjects as well. Jay asks the congresswoman about Cuba, of course. (She was born there.) And about Miami (the question of assimilation). And her family (which includes a transgendered son).
Finally, the two of them talk about the health of the GOP and other American institutions. Throughout, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is candid, informed, and charming. Treat yourself to an hour of Ily.
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