Newsweek’s Ramin Setoodeh: How did you campaign for yourself on Dancing With the Stars?
Tom DeLay: Being a whip, counting votes was my talent. I used the Internet, Twitter, Facebook. I contacted my friends who had mailing lists.
NW: Do you think that you only got votes from conservatives?
TD: It was very gratifying. I got e-mails from liberals. I got one that was really neat: “I’ve hated you all my life, but I love what you did on the show.”
NW: You got into some trouble for saying on TV that you weren’t sure President Obama was born in the United States.
TD: What I said was, to answer a question from Chris Matthews, I said: “Why wouldn’t the president of the United States show the American people his birth certificate?” You have to show a birth certificate to play Little League baseball. It’s a question that should be answered. It’s in the Constitution that you have to be a natural-born citizen of the United States to be president.
NW: Do you think he isn’t a citizen?
TD: I have no idea.
NW: Are you a big reality-TV fan?
TD: I’ve watched Survivor. What’s the show they have in the house?
NW: Big Brother.
TD: Yeah. Those are entertaining. I liked watching dancing shows. I even watch PBS ballroom dancing.
NW: You almost dropped your dancing partner last week. Had that happened before?
TD: Yeah. You stumble and fall and that stuff happens. The key is, I didn’t drop her. I was very proud of the fact that I didn’t drop her.
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