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November 16th, 2012
02:47 PM ET

Mary Bono Mack on the state of politics in America: "The notion of we're all divided into subsets is something that really is getting old"

More than a week since the nation voted to elect Barack Obama to a second term, "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack of California to share her insight and perspective into the future of politics in America.

Having lost her bid to remain a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Bono Mack made a plea to return the country to a more united entity:

"This notion that we're all divided into subsets of Americans is very unfortunate," said the 51-year-old politician. "I think the American people want to be one big happy family. I think what's very important right now is that we heal as a country. This politics of divisiveness is really something the American people are rejecting. I think it's time that we do get beyond it."

With Democratic member-elect Raul Ruiz due to formally replace Bono Mack in January, the "lame duck" congresswoman is using her final months in politics to encourage nationwide bipartisanship:

"I think it's a time that we try to get beyond divisive politics and really put America back as the leading country in the world - have a president that leads with strength. And you know, I really think that the notion of we're all divided into subsets is something that really is getting old."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Bono Mack adds further context to the current state of public service in the United States.
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  1. David Rothmiller

    Mrs. Mack's pleas for decency would sound more earnest if she had not just waged such an ugly battle against her successful Congressional opponent, Dr. Raul Ruiz. She lost mainly due to her attack ads painting Ruiz as a dangerous, un-American Leftie who supports cop-killers. Her ads were almost comical in their melodramatic use of music and threatening images of Ruiz. She invoked his activism in college as reason enough to recognize his threat to Thanksgiving (hilarious) and all things 'real Americans' believe in... I think her actual attempt here is present her resume and ask for a media job once she is terminated.

    November 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Sandy Eldridge

    I certainly hope that Ms Mack understands the reality of today's Americans. They aren't just white people with whom to party. They are hard working Latinos, African Americans, women as well as white. The fact that she lost the election was her own doing, by not understanding or representing her district. She will not be missed.

    November 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Desert Observer

    Those who call for less divisiveness and express a desire to bring us together need to place actual deeds ahead of mere words. There are far too many who preach untruths, ugly bigotry and do so to further their own interests. Commentators and religious leaders who fail to seek the common good need to be outed. Those such as Rush Limbaugh who earn their living by stirring up divisiveness need to be stopped. It's not enough to talk the talk but omit walking the walk – for it's the latter that is required in order to bring us together. Mary Bono Mack is but one of many who talk the talk and that needs to change in order for her views to achieve credibility.

    November 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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