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Rep. Duffy speaks out for first time since decision to leave Congress


STEVE: THEY WORKED OUT THE SATELLITE BUGS, SO LET’S GO BACK TO WAS SAW, WISCONSIN, CONGRESSMAN SEAN DUFFY JOINS US. YESTERDAY HE ANNOUNCED HE IS RETIRING FROM CONGRESS. THERE SEATED NEXT TO HIM HIS WIFE, OUR FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR RACHEL CAMPOS-DUFFY. THE REASON GIVEN WAS YOU WANTED TO RETIRE FROM CONGRESS, CONGRESSMAN, TO DEAL WITH THE HEALTH COMPLICATIONS OF YOUR UNBORN CHILD, SO TELL US ABOUT DISCOVERING WHAT THE PROBLEMS WERE.>>YEAH. SO NOT LONG AGO WE FOUND OUT THAT OUR LITTLE BABY HAS A COUPLE HOLES IN THE HEART. SO AFTER SHE IS BORN, WHETHER IT’S TWO TO SIX MONTHS AFTER LIFE, SHE IS GOING TO NEED OPEN HEART SURGERY. THEY HAVE TO CRACK HER OPEN AND FIX THE HEART. THEY WALKED US THROUGH THIS YESTERDAY. I ANNOUNCED I WAS LEAVING CONGRESS AS I WAS WALKING IN TO MEET WITH THE HEART DOCTOR ABOUT WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE BABY. I LOVE POLITICS BUT I LOVE MY FAMILY. I THINK IT’S ALWAYS A BALANCE AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT BRIAN MENTIONED BEFORE WE WENT TO THE LAST BREAK, I MEAN, THE SCHEDULES ARE GRUELING. I’M OUT IN D.C. FOUR DAYS A WEEK AND I’M BACK WITH RACHEL. WHEN I’M BACK HERE WITH RACHEL AND THE KIDS, I HAVE A BIG DISTRICT AND YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL AROUND AND SEE PEOPLE AND WE GET BEAT UP A LITTLE BIT AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. WE ARE FAVORITE PUNCHING BAGS. BUT THEY ARE REALLY HARD ON FAMILIES. AND I DIDN’T DIE. I KIND OF FELT LIKE I WAS AT MY FUNERAL YESTERDAY. I WILL FIGURE OUT DIFFERENT THINGS TO DO WHERE I CAN HAVE A BETTER BALANCE WHERE I CAN SUPPORT RACHEL AND THE KIDS. BUT NOT WITH THE SAME SCHEDULE THAT I HAVE AS A U.S. CONGRESSMAN. AINSLEY: RACHEL –>>I WOULD JUST ADD EVERY CONGRESSIONAL FAMILY I’M A CONGRESSIONAL SPOUSE AS WELL AS BEING A CONTRIBUTOR FOR YOU GUYS AND WHEN THE SPOUSES ALL GET TOGETHER, WE ALL TALK ABOUT WORK LIFE BALANCE FOR OUR FAMILIES. IT’S A REALLY TOUGH THING TO DO. IT’S TOUGH IF YOU HAVE TWO KIDS. IT’S REALLY ROUGH WITH NINE. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SIGNS. IT’S NOT THE ONLY REASON, IT’S JUST AN INDICATION OF THE BANDWIDTH IS GETTING REALLY TIGHT HERE AND AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE JUST GOT TO PUT YOUR FAMILY FIRST. I FEEL REALLY PROUD OF WHAT SEAN HAS DONE IN 8 AND A HALF YEARS IN CONGRESS. I THINK THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SAVED AMERICAN CAPITALISM. IT’S A BLUE COLLAR RECOVERY RIGHT HERE IN WISCONSIN. IT WASN’T THAT WAY WHEN HE STARTED. THE ECONOMY WAS DEFINITELY IN DECLINE OVER HERE IN NORTH AND CENTRAL WISCONSIN. I FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, SEAN, I’M REALLY PROUD OF WHAT HE HAS DONE.>>THANK YOU. AND IT’S JUST WORKED OUT. AINSLEY: HOW ARE YOU DOING? I’M SURE WHEN YOUR DOCTOR GAVE YOU THAT NEWS HEART BROKEN AS A MOM. TELL US ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE. HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, THE INITIAL NEWS WAS SHOCKING. BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE LIVE IN A TIME OF AMAZING TECHNOLOGY. I FEEL REALLY CONFIDENT WHEN I MEET WITH THE DOCTORS. THEY WALK YOU THROUGH EVERYTHING. I HAVE BEEN GETTING SO MANY PEOPLE WHO I HAD NO IDEA THEIR KIDS HAD BEEN THROUGH THIS, TOO. WHO HAVE REACHED OUT TO US. AND ARE OFFERING ADVICE AND TELLING US, YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY DID AND WHAT TO EXPECT. SO, IT’S BEEN AMAZING. YESTERDAY, THE OUTPOURING OF LOVE AND SUPPORT THAT WE RECEIVED WAS PRETTY OVERWHELMING. NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS FROM ALL MY COLLEAGUES AT FOX AND I REALLY WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO REACHED OUT. IT REALLY WAS VERY TOUCHING. BRIAN: RACHEL, HAS ANY OF YOUR OTHER KIDS GONE THROUGH THIS? OUR SEAN, ANY OTHERS DID YOU HAVE CHALLENGES LIKE THIS?>>NO. THAT’S WHY IT WAS A LITTLE SHOCKING. WE HAVE HAD PRETTY EASY BIRTHS AND REALLY HEALTHY KIDS.>>WE HAD REALLY EASY BIRTHS. [LAUGHTER] SHE IS GREAT AT HAVING BABIES. THIS IS THE FIRST ONE WE HAVE HAD WITH COMPLICATIONS. AND, YOU KNOW WHAT? IT’S PRETTY EASY FOR US IN THE SENSE THAT WE’RE LIVES. WE BELIEVE IN WHATEVER GIFTS GOD GIVES US WE ACCEPT THEM AND THIS IS GOING TO A TO BE A GREAT GIFT. YEAH IT’S GOING TO BE A LITTLE MORE STRESSFUL. THIS BABY WILL HAVE 8 OTHER SIBLINGS TO WRAP THEIR LOVING ARMS AROUND HER. WE WILL DO IT AS A FAMILY. WE WILL FIGURE OUT A DIFFERENT WAY TO BALANCE OUR LIVES. BUT THIS LITTLE BABY COULDN’T HAVE A BETTER MORE LOVING HOME TO COME INTO. WE ARE EXCITED FOR HER TO COME AND BUT IT’S GOING TO BE EASIER FOR HER, TOO. NOT TO HAVE HER DAD FLYING BACK AND FORTH TO WASHINGTON, D.C. SOMEONE ELSE CAN SAVE AMERICA, BRIAN, STEVE, AND AINSLEY, I’M GOING TO TAKE A BREAK. I’M GOING TO COME BACK TO POLITICS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO DO. IT’S JUST AT THIS TIME I NEED TO TAKE A MOMENT AND MAKE SURE RACHEL AND I AND THIS BABY ARE HEALTHY AND DOING WELL. STEVE: CONGRESSMAN, I’M SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT HEALTHCARE FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS ON THIS PROGRAM AND ALL ACROSS DINNER TABLES AROUND AMERICA, A LOT OF THE PEOPLE ARE GOING WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE? YOU HAVE GOT HEALTH INSURANCE RIGHT NOW. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN BECAUSE THEN THE CHILD WOULD HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION, I WOULD IMAGINE, IF YOU ARE GOING TO SWITCH HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, FLIGHT YOU HAVE THOUGHT OF ALL OF THIS ALREADY?>>YEAH. I HAVE. JUST SO YOU KNOW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DON’T GET HEALTH INSURANCE FOR LIFE. I KNOW YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN AN EMAIL TO THAT EFFECT. CAN I GET ON A COBRA PLAN AFTER I LEAVE CONGRESS FOR 18 MONTHS. WE PAY THE FULL BOAT FOR THAT SO WE CAN TRANSITION AND WITH THE CONDITION OF THE BABY, WE HAVE THAT COMPLETE COVERAGE. BUT, YEAH, YOU ARE RIGHT. I HAD TO LOOK AT THAT AND MAKE SURE THAT WITH OPEN HEART SURGERY WE HAD COVERAGE TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE COULD PAY FOR THAT AND WE HAVE GOT THAT WORKED OUT. SO, THANK GOD THAT’S NOT A CONSIDERATION AS WE LOOK TO THE BIRTH. BRIAN: NOW, RACHEL, WE TALK ABOUT WHAT’S NEXT. AND CAN I MAKE A SUGGESTION? OF COURSE YOU WOULD HAVE TO GREEN LIGHT. THIS BUT SEAN HAS SO MANY SKILLS, IS HE A LUMBERJACK BY TRADE. WE GO BACK TO WORKING IN THE WOODS? PUT ON THE PLAID AND THE THERMAL T-SHIRT AND GO BACK OUT THERE? AINSLEY: OR BACK TO THE REAL WORLD? RACHEL: ACTUALLY, WE USED TO, BEFORE WE MOVED TO WAUSAU WE LIVED IN A HOUSE THAT DID HAVE A WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE AND SEAN — BEFORE SEAN WAS A CONGRESSMAN HE HAD A LOT MORE TIME AND HE ACTUALLY DID CHOP THE WOOD I’ M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT.>>THAT WAS 15 TO 20 POUNDS AGO. NOW IT WOULD BE TOUGHER. I’M NOT GOING TO BE LAWN MOWING. AINSLEY: REPUBLICAN STRONG HOLD I KNOW THE PRESIDENT WON BY 21 POINTS. YOU BEAT YOUR OPPONENT IN THE MIDTERM ELECTION CYCLE BY 22 POINTS. WHAT HAPPENS? IS THERE A SPECIAL ELECTION?>>WELL, THE SPECIAL ELECTION, THIS IS A REPUBLIC LEANING SEAT. DEMOCRATS HAVE A LOT MORE MONEY THAN REPUBLICANS SMALL DOLLAR DONORS IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY ARE A LOT MORE AGGRESSIVE THAN THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. IF WE GET IF WE OET IF WE OUTSPENT 2 TO 1 I THINK IT COULD BE CHALLENGING. I THINK WHEN THIS SEAT AND LOVE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONSERVATIVE POLICIES IN OUR ECONOMY I THINK WE WILL HOLD THE SEAT IT. WILL BE A RAUCOUS RACE. PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED US YESTERDAY AND SPECIFICALLY RACHEL, TOO. AND JUST GAVE US HIS WELL-WISHES AND SENT US HIS LOVE. ON AIR FORCE ONE COMING BACK FROM THE G7 AND TOOK THE TIME TO CALL US. I THINK IT SPEAKS A LOT ABOUT THE PRESIDENT AND HOW HE VALUES FAMILY AS WELL AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS REALLY COOL OF HIM. STEVE: WELL, IT WAS REALLY GOOD TO HEAR YOUR STORY FIRST HAND FROM BOTH OF YOU AFTER THE NEWS BROKE YESTERDAY.

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