Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, will speak with NPR's "Tell Me More" host Michel Martin today. He'll talk about why he reconsidered his membership in the Congressional Black Caucus, controversies over his own past remarks, and whether he thinks Democrats and Republicans will ever find common ground.
West, on whether Democrats and Republicans can come to an agreement on fiscal matters, said this: "I think he's [President Obama] trying to pick a fight with House Republicans. I don't want to fight. I want to make sure we do the right things for our country."
On why he reconsidered his membership in the CBC after Rep. André Carson, D-Ind., suggested that some members of the Tea Party would "love to see us as second-class citizens.hanging on a tree," West said this:
"I've been called Uncle Tom, I've been called sell-out, I've been called Oreo and many other variations of different racial epithets, but you're not going to hear me come out and say something incendiary which will bring up images of lynchings. I think that we have to be a lot more mature in what we're saying. So, I still cannot condone what André Carson said, but I think that it's important for me to stay within the Black Caucus because you have to, as I said earlier, bring that varying perspective and different outlook and insights from a conservative aspect."
The interview airs today. The show doesn't air in South Florida, but it's available online here later today.