“Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer, Mike Papantonio, host of Ring of Fire Radio and president of the National Trial Lawyers Association, and Ari Berman, contributor to The Nation, consider news that the Department of Justice is suing the state of Florida in an attempt to stop Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s attempts to identify and remove non-U.S. citizens from the voting rolls.
Papantonio expresses confidence that a judge will rule to shut down the voter purge once the case is presented. He then places the local story in a national context: “Everybody surrounding Rick Scott that has a brain right now is saying, ‘Gov. Scott, you really, really are messing up, you’re way out of bounds.’ And people have also figured out that there’s more to the story — this is an effort to purge that 1 percent in this state, just like they want to purge 1 percent in nine other states to have Obama be a one-term president.”
Berman cites statistics related to a Florida voter purge prior to the state’s decisive role in the 2000 Bush vs. Gore presidential election battle, warning: “People are rightfully concerned any time you talk about Florida and voter purges that history is going to repeat itself.”