Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del): An exit interview

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U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman, Democrat from Delaware, joins us in studio just days before his term filling in for his former boss, Vice President Joe Biden, comes to an end. In that term, Kaufman distinguished himself for the vigorous effort against big banks that proved “too big to fail” in October 2008 and necessitated the federal bailout. Kaufman has also taken over for Elizabeth Warren, new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as chair o f the Congressional Oversight Panel overseeing the federal government’s bailout of Wall Street. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Kaufman championed financial regulation and oversight of the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, he has been active in the Afghanistan debate, visiting the country, as well as Pakistan and Iraq twice this year. Prior to being appointed as a U.S. Senator, Kaufman was a Board member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) – the independent, autonomous, federal entity responsible for all U.S. government and government sponsored non-military international broadcasting. He got his start in politics in Delaware in the 1960s, volunteered on Joe Biden’s 1972 long-shot campaign for Senate, and the two have been close ever since.

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