March 28, 2014
Listening In

Listening In, hosted by WORLD's Warren Cole Smith, features extended conversations with newsmakers and thought leaders. “Our goal is to explore topics as thoughtfully as possible,” says WORLD's Chief Content Officer Nick Eicher.

The Listening In podcast is posted each Friday.

Read edited transcripts of Warren’s interviews.

A conversation with congressman Steve Southerland

Congressman Steve Southerland was first elected to Congress in 2010 as part of a wave of conservative and Tea Party victories that wrestled control of the House of Representatives from the Democrats.  Southerland’s win was a bit of a surprise for a couple of reasons.  First, he had never been in politics.  Until his election to congress, he had run his family’s funeral home business in Panama City, Florida, and had never held elected office.  Secondly, Florida’s second district, which included the left-leaning Tallahassee, had been sending mostly Democrats to Washington for a half-century.  Southerland beat a seven-term incumbent Democrat.  But Southerland rode the Tea Party wave into Congress in 2010 with 52 percent of the vote, and he was re-elected in 2012 with 53 percent.  Warren Smith had this conversation with him during a break at a meeting of conservative activists that took place recently in Sarasota, Florida.

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March 28, 2014