WATCH: Dem Lawmaker Calls Border Wall A 'Symbol Of Total Breakdown In Washington'

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) arrives for a Democratic caucus meeting in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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Speaking to CNN anchor Poppy Harlow, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) called President Donald Trump’s border wall a "symbol of total breakdown in Washington" while also asking for Republicans and Democrats to compromise.

 

According to RealClearPolitics, Dingell acknowledged that she would be willing to discuss a border wall if the GOP agrees to discuss comprehensive immigration and DACA. Harlow pressed the lawmaker on the amount of money her Democrat colleagues would be willing to give, but she wouldn't get specific.

"I want a package that's going to work," she said. "We had hundreds of studies. So, why aren't we increasing the number of border patrol, the amount of officers at the border? What about looking at drones and other technology to actually keep the border safe?"

She continued: "And people are already talking about problems with the walls, tunneling underneath. Let's sit down, get the experts at the table, and agree to something. This wall has become a symbol of total breakdown in Washington, which we have to stop."

 

After playing a clip of former governor of Virginia and gun control advocate Terry McAuliffe saying that Democrats should not "give an inch on this (border wall)," Harlow asked if Dingell agreed.

 

"You know, I don't think compromise is a dirty word. That's one thing that I have always said. I don't put hard lines down in the sand the way a lot of other people do," she replied. "I sure don't. I’m not going to prove it the way that it is now. Let's get in a room and talk about it and figure it out by February 8, but let's reopen the government, which is what I think we need to be doing."

Video and transcript below:

HARLOW: Great, great, compromise. Let's talk about it right here, right now. What are you willing to give toward a border wall?

DINGELL: How about comprehensive immigration? How about DACA?

HARLOW: I wish we had 20 minutes for this interview and we'll have you back and talk more about that, but what amount of money are you willing to give to vote for the border wall and what would you want in return? Is there a number?

DINGELL: You know what I want? I want a package that's going to work. We had hundreds of studies. So, why aren't we increasing the number of border patrol, the amount of officers at the border? What about looking at drones and other technology to actually keep the border safe?

And people are already talking about problems with the walls, tunneling underneath. Let's sit down, get the experts at the table, and agree to something. This wall has become a symbol of total breakdown in Washington, which we have to stop.

HARLOW: So, do you then agree with Democrat former governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, who is a likely 2020 presidential candidate, who put it this way?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

TERRY MCAULIFFE (D), FORMER VIRGINIA GOVERNOR: The Democrats should not give an inch on this. Donald Trump owns this. He's been in the White House. He's been isolated. He's too emotional. He's too unstable.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HARLOW: Is he right? Should Democrats not give an inch on this?

DINGELL: You know, I don't think compromise is a dirty word. That's one thing that I have always said. I don't put hard lines down in the sand the way a lot of other people do.

I sure don't — I’m not going to prove it the way that it is now. Let's get in a room and talk about it and figure it out by February 8, but let's reopen the government, which is what I think we need to be doing.

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