Martin Bashir | December 07, 2012
>>> a good deal, didn't you?
>> that's actress ashley judd in "double jeopardy" a movie about a woman who takes matters into her own hands. something she's considering doing for real in a possible run for the senate in kentucky against mitch mcconnell . not only is he facing the prospect of a popular manufactumovie star taking his job, just yesterday he found himself in the awkward position of having to filibuster his own bill which was designed to avoid the fiscal cliff panic that we're going through right now. congressman john yarmouth is a democrat from kentucky . ashley judd hails from your home state, though she now lives in tennessee and appeared with the tennessee delegation at the democratic convention last summer. how serious do you think she is? you know her. i believe you have spoken to her. how serious is she against running against mitch mcconnell ?
>> i think she's serious about getting involved in government and playing a different kind of role in public affairs . she's always been a very outspoken activist and very knowledgeable public policy person. so she's considered a run. we know that. we don't know -- it might be against mcconnell . it might be against rand paul in 2016 . it could be for governor of tennessee , but it sounds to me like she's certainly interested in playing a different role.
>> and --
>> one that would seek office.
>> and she's certainly got mcconnell 's attention. consider this statement from ses is he benton , his campaign manager . i'm quoting. it's going to sting. we're doing to make sure that you don't come out with your nose clean. we're going to drive your negatives up and very aggressively and publicly litigate your record before the citizens of kentucky . benton , who ran ron paul 's presidential campaign , says this was not directed specifically at ashley judd . is there benton preparing for a political campaign for a personal assassination.
>> this is the way mcconnell has always run his campaigns. it's never to talk about what he's done for kentucky and what his vision for the future of kentucky is. it's always about making sure that whoever is running against him is unacceptable and spending whatever it takes to do that. so, you know, i think it would be interesting. ashley judd is a very, very popular figure, and you take on somebody with that -- who is that well-known and who is that popular, you go negative on them at your own peril. people don't like that. if they have a very good feeling about the candidate. so, you know, we fully expect he would run that kind of campaign against any opponent, but against ashley judd , i think that's problematic for mcconnell .
>> i think it is. let me ask you about senator mcconnell 's effort to filibuster his own idea on avoiding future fights over the fiscal cliff. how can this man propose a solution to a serious problem only to turn around and oppose it just because the white house embraced it?
>> well, of course, we know that it really wasn't a serious effort to resolve a problem. we know it was just a gimmick to score a political point and that's senator mcconnell 's modus operandi. that's what he does. you know, he should be embarrassed. i think any scrupulous politician would be embarrassed by what happened. he probably isn't, but it was a pretty comical episode, i would say that.
>> congressman john yarmuth from kentucky . thank you, sir.