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SHOW: SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY 22:00

HEADLINE: SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY For September 9, 2004

BYLINE: Lawrence O'Donnell; Pat Buchanan; Joe Scarborough

GUESTS: Jeb Hensarling; Marsha Blackburn; Malik Zulu Shabazz; Karen Russell Tony Perkins; John Zogby; Glenn Smith

HIGHLIGHT:
President Bush passes Senator Kerry in the latest swing state polls, but Kerry's camp fights back with a new attack ad on Vietnam. Bill Cosby is criticized for lecturing African-American parents on how to raise kids.

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SCARBOROUGH: Now, talking about 1994, of course, Newt Gingrich was the central figure in the revolution and this book. And this is what he said in 1994: "It's time to force the government to live within its means and restore accountability to the budget in Washington."

When Newt Gingrich said that, the deficit was $280 billion. Now, as you all know, $430 billion. What's gone wrong?

REP. MARSHA BLACKBURN ®, TENNESSEE: Well, one of the things that we're beginning to see is a need to go after the system, not just after the specific little projects, but, Joe, to look at the entire system and the policies and the processes, how the agencies work.

And our Government Reform Committee is really hitting at all of this agency reform, at financial management, at how government spends its money. And that is-we have to change the system. And it can't just be this project or that project or a simple cut. It's got to be across the system.

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SCARBOROUGH: Aren't you ashamed, though, aren't you ashamed, because you believe in limited government, that, under Republicans, the deficit has reached a record high?

BLACKBURN: You know what I am proud of, Joe, is the fact that...

SCARBOROUGH: But aren't you ashamed of the deficit?

BLACKBURN: What I am proud of is the fact that our Republican leadership is making government reform and agency reform an issue.

And I think we have to remember, we are in a time of war. We have grown. We have grown. And you know what? It is time for us to talk about priority government. Homeland security, economic security, those are at the top of the heap.

SCARBOROUGH: OK.

BLACKBURN: And we need to address them.

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