Meet the Press   |  August 25, 2013

Raul Labrador shares his American Dream success story

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador shares his life's struggles as examples of the opportunities available to Americans.

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>> you talk about today's congress. raul labrador is joining us, as well. congressman, republican from idaho. congressman, good to see you back on the program. you know, part of what we're talking about here is the tension between what government should do to address the idea that the american dream is perhaps a little bit out of reach and as i ask you about the state of american dream , i note your own you ewe nique story, born in puerto rico , moved to las vegas , became a morrmon, a single mother , and went to military school . you practiced immigration law . i would argue that you would argue the american dream is alive and well for people like yourself.

>> i would. and it saddens me actually to hear some of the things that i'm hearing here because i think the american dream is alive. i was born four years after the march on washington . i was born to a single mother who lost her job because she got pregnant by me, who he decided to give me life, but the most important thing that she decided is she was going to give me a good life. i didn't go to military school when i was a young man because my mother was rich. i went to military school because she decided to sacrifice. she decided to go without some things in her life so she could put me in a military school . then she couldn't afford that anymore, so she put me in another private school and eventually when she wanted to move to the mainland, she decided to put me in a bilingual school because she thought that the only way i would be successful in life is by gaining an education, by being better educated, by learning english. i remember when we moved to the united states , she told me something that was so significant in my life. she said in private we can speak spanish, but when you're in public, you need to speak english because i want you to speak english to the best of your ability. these are things that she thought about. i spent the last 24 hours , i watched the martin luther king speech three times over the last 24 hours , and it was fantastic. and the rhetoric that he used, the words that he used, message that he used was a message of hope. unfortunately what i've been hearing from your panel is not a message of hope. it's a message of despair. i think we need our leadership to be