Politicians featured in comedy bits on The Daily Show don't usually draw attention to their appearances, given that they tend to come across as clueless bozos. But Senator Mark Udall's office actually wants constituents to watch the following video, about a provision of a defense bill that would allow indefinite detention of American citizens -- even if it places him on the same side as Tea Party favorite Rand Paul.
Host Jon Stewart sets up the segment, on view below, by joking about past efforts by legislators to tack dubious provisions onto bills like the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act. After that, we see Udall soberly decrying a measure that would allow U.S. citizens suspected of terrorist activity to be held forever, if necessary -- followed by a cut to a deadpan Stewart saying, "I agree with that."
By association, he also agrees with Kentucky Senator Paul, one of seven senators to line up with Udall on the issue. That doesn't happen very often. Like never.
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According to the Udall press team, he's got workable solutions to address the detainee provision without prompting a presidential veto of the act. Click here and here to get his take. In the meantime, check out The Daily Show clip.
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