msnbc | March 03, 2013
>>> my question was a little more domestically focused because i know you may be running for political office , but i'm not asking you about that.
>> is there an elephant in the room ?
>> that's ashley judd there dodging a question about her potential run for the u.s. senate , challenging kentucky senator mitch mcconnell . she was speaking at an event at george washington university on friday, and while judd may have skirted questions about her potential run for office, our next guest may have some insights into the truth behind her plans. congre congressman john jar mouth is the lone democrat from kentucky .
>> i'm looking for company.
>> can you tell us if ashley judd is going to do it. is she runing?
>> well, i think she's certainly doing everything that a serious candidate for government would do leading up to making a decision. i'd be surprise federal she doesn't.
>> i think she real -- i think she really is excited about the race. she's talking to people throughout the commonwealth, both democratic office holders and other people who would be important to -- if she runs, so i don't think you would do as much as she is doing right now without -- without being very serious about running.
>> you think she's laying the foundation?
>> i definitely do, and, you know, i know that she's done polling. she's done opposition research on herself so she knows the kind of attacks that mitch mcconnell and his allies will wage against her, so, again, she -- she is passionate about public policy . she's been in public policy for many, many years. she's not a dilettante. she is a very serious person. she has a masters in public policy from harvard, and she knows her stuff, and i think she would be a mold candidate.
>> i'm from south carolina . you're from kentucky .
>> ashley judd , she's got bluegrass roots. technically not a resident now, i understand, and in that speech in d.c., you know, she talks about wintering in scotland. those are generally not the types of things that play well in places like the places we're from.
>> well, that's true, but, you know, her family has eight generations in kentucky . she went to the university of kentucky . she's a frequent guest at uk basketball games and leads cheers there. i mean, she has roots that are firmly established here, and i don't really think that that's going to be an attack that will stick for long. she's so closely identified with the state.
>> i want to ask you something else while i have you here. senator mitch mcconnell is slamming a liberal group now for attacking his wife, former labor secretary' lane chow born in taiwan and that because of her esknitity she might have convinced the senator to move jobs to china. there was a quick response, whatever the intention, whatever the venue, whomever the person attacks or comments on anyone's ethnicity are wrong and patently unacceptable. talk to me a little bit about this. this is -- again, this is mitch mcconnell 's wife here. does this surprise you?
>> that has no place in political die mog.
>> that was ashley judd 's response, by the way, and what this -- it's actually just a small website and a pac. i don't know how much influence they have, but clearly what they did was -- was totally inappropriate and ought to be condemned by everybody, and i hope that mitch mcconnell in the campaign abides by that staple standard that -- that we're all advancing and that he complained about.
>> was that a hope or a suggestion, which one was that, congressman?
>> democratic congressman john yarmuth from kentucky . thanks .